Oil, gas exploration 3D seismic survey 45% complete

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tullow Oil is reporting steady progress on its oil exploration 3D seismic survey with just over 45 per cent of the data capture already completed.

The survey, which is the most advanced study ever carried out in Jamaica's off-shore, is being conducted under a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) between the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and Tullow.

The process involves a detailed examination of the ocean's subsurface in a 2250 square kilometre 3D polygon in the Morant Basin area south of Jamaica. Soundwaves are being used to generate images of formations beneath the seafloor which will then be analysed for indicators of oil and gas reservoirs.

The work got underway in early April, following streamer deployment in late March and, according to the updates being provided to the PCJ by Tullow, all has gone reasonably well in the initial stages of the process.

PCJ Group General Manager, Winston Waton said that naturally, the group is following the progress of the 3D seismic survey quite closely because the information that is captured over the next few weeks can be critical in determining the future direction of the oil and gas programme.

“The seismic work will last between 50 and 60 days and then it may take another 12 to 18 months to analyse the data.

"Although it will be a while before we have any definitive findings, these investigations will heavily influence the decision-making about drilling so we are monitoring the entire process closely,” Watson added.

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