Searcher Seismic completes 2D seismic survey off Papua New Guinea

Searcher Seismic, an independent seismic data acquisition company, has completed the Solomon Sea broadband 2D seismic survey off Papua New Guinea.

The survey, done in cooperation with BGP and comprising of around 3,600 kilometers, spans the underexplored Cape Vogel and Bougainville Basins as well as the unexplored New Ireland Basin.

Rachel Masters, global sales manager for Searcher Seismic, said the survey followed the recent spark in activity offshore the Gulf of Papua, where modern broadband processing techniques unveiled new potential in the area.

“Given the complex tectonic history of the basins the Solomon Sea 2D covers and industry’s continued interest in the region, Searcher is excited to uncover the potential of northern PNG,” added Masters.

Searcher said that fast track PSTM data would be made available by December 2017, with the final PSDM data expected in early 2018. A regional study incorporating both existing and new data will be complete in June 2018.

According to the company’s data, the survey expands Searcher’s 2D seismic coverage offshore Papua New Guinea to around 80,000 km.

It is worth mentioning that Searcher Seismic started a 3D reprocessing project off Papua New Guinea back in January. The final reprocessed data is expected in the third quarter of 2017.

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