TGS to begin multibeam survey off West Africa in 4Q 2018

Norwegian seismic specialist TGS has won a first regional offshore MSGBC SeaSeep Project in the North West Africa Atlantic Margin.

In red: multibeam and SeaSeep survey; In grey: Jaan survey; Source: TGS

TGS said on Tuesday that the program would cover an area of approximately 113,500 square kilometers.

The program, supported by industry funding, will also incorporate around 230 cores from the seabed, located based on multibeam backscatter anomalies.

Acquisition of the multibeam will begin in the early fourth quarter of 2018 with the coring and geochemistry stage to follow. Final results will be available in the second quarter of 2019.

Kristian Johansen, CEO of TGS, said: “The data generated from the SeaSeep technology is proving to be a complementary and valuable addition to our multi-client library.

“The multibeam, coring and geochemical analysis provides our customers with further insight and understanding of regional prospectivity. Following its successful implementation in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil, we are pleased to expand the use of this technology into the emerging MSGBC basin.”

This is a second project in the MSGBC basin announced in less than a week. Namely, TGS said last week that it would begin a new 3D multi-client project named Jaan in the early fourth quarter of 2018.

Jaan will cover the southern portion of the MSGBC Basin from northern Senegal, through the Gambia and the AGC zone, into Guinea-Bissau down to the Guinea transform fault.

It is worth noting that the MSGBC Basin covers Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Guinea Conakry.

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