Shell planning 3750 km2 3D seismic survey off W. Australia

Oil and gas major Shell has applied for permission to carry out a seismic survey offshore Kimberley, Australia.

Shell Australia is planning to carry out the “Factory” 3D marine seismic survey within the Browse and Bonaparte Basin offshore Western Australia (WA).

The Factory 3D survey will comprise acquisition of approximately 3,750 km2 of 3D seismic data in Exploration Permits AC/P65, AC/P41, WA-534-P, and a very small portion of adjacent acreage for the purposes of acquiring sufficient data to fully-image the prospects on the titles, the Australian offshore safety regulator NOPSEMA has said.

The Factory Operational Area (OA) is located approximately 100 kilometers from the Kimberley coast of northern WA and is around 200 km from the Indonesian archipelago and East Timor.

The plan is for the 3D survey to be carried out over a period of 2-3 months sometime between July 1 and December 30, 2019. NOPSEMA is currently reviewing Shell’s environment plan for the operation and will come up with a decision by April 29.

To remind, Shell had in January filed an environment plan for the drilling of the Bratwurst exploration well in the nearby AC/P64 permit, however, NOPSEMA has requested further information from Shell on this, and expects to have a decision on Bratwurst plan Friday, April 5.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.

Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. 

If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.