Houston-based oilfield services multinational Schlumberger has made a deal whereby Norway’s Statoil has signed up to license a substantial portion of the wide-azimuth (WAZ) deepwater multiclient seismic survey in Mexico’s Campeche Basin.
The survey is being conducted by the Schlumberger-owned geophysical services company, London-based WesternGeco.
The deepwater survey is compiling the industry’s first multi-client WAZ seismic data portfolio in the southern Gulf of Mexico (GoM). WAZ is an advanced seismic data acquisition technique that gives more refined imaging than previously available.
It is particularly valuable in an area like the Campeche Basin which has complex geology.
The results of the survey should give clients high-quality images to support future appraisal campaigns in the GoM.
This survey began in August and is part of the Mexican government’s policy of opening up its oilfield development to outside parties. It is expected to take three tears to complete.