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Magseis Fairfield clinches two OBN seismic projects in Gulf of Mexico

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Oslo-listed seismic data acquisition company Magseis Fairfield has secured two deepwater ocean bottom node projects in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Rem Saltire - Image source: Rem Offshore
Rem Saltire – Image source: Rem Offshore

The company said Friday it had been awarded two consecutive deepwater ocean bottom node (OBN) projects in the Gulf of Mexico by an undisclosed repeat customer.

The surveys will be carried out in the Mississippi Canyon and Garden Banks areas and will cover a total area of more than 900 square kilometers.

According to Magseis Fairfield, work is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2020 and is expected to take approximately 100 days.

“The award of these two projects demonstrates our technology leadership position in the Gulf of Mexico. This ZXPLR crew has been in high demand, and the award strengthens our 2020 backlog significantly,” says Carel Hooijkaas, CEO of Magseis Fairfield.

The ZXPLR crew led by the REM Saltire node handling vessel was established in the Spring of 2019 and has since been in continuous demand for projects in the Gulf of Mexico, Magseis Fairfield said. According to the company, this contract extends the project coverage for this crew through August 2020.

The ZXPLR node, per the company, is a hybrid system capable of dual-mode deployment in both deep and shallow water. According to Magseis Fairfield, it is designed to simplify node management, maintenance, and inventory control, reducing overall costs by supporting multiple operations. ZXPLR can be deployed with a passive rope or by ROV.

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Magseis Fairfield ZXPLR node – Image by Magseis Fairfield

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