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Unlocking the depths: How seismic surveys drive oil and gas exploration

byKiana Cruz

Seismic surveys are a vital tool in the oil and gas industry. Effective use of seismic surveys allows industry professionals to identify prospects, assess potential resources, reduce risk and even quantify reserves – in short, to make well-informed decisions that drive successful exploration efforts. 
Enverus Global Scout Network provides real-time insights into seismic survey activity across the globe.  
In mid-September 2023, the PGS “Ramform Titan” vessel was continuing with MC3D seismic acquisition operations in Egypt’s western Mediterranean waters. The vessel mobilized to Egypt’s ultra-deepwater (~2,500 m WD) in late July 2023, to commence the 5,900 sq km Merneith & Luxor GeoStreamer project. The campaign, being carried out in partnership with the NOC EGAS, aims to improve the imaging and understanding of the area between the Herodotus and Nile Delta basins, where pre-salt Oligo-Miocene clastic prospectivity has been identified. The acquisition area covers Block 11 and Block 12 open areas, as well as infilling coverage between three Shell-operated licenses, namely North Cleopatra Offshore, North Marina Offshore and North El Fanar Offshore.  

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Understanding seismic surveys 

Seismic surveys result in detailed images of and can provide crucial information on subsurface rock layers. This process involves emitting acoustic waves, recording their reflections and measuring their characteristics. Through this technology, oil and gas companies gain valuable insights into potential reserves. 

Seismic surveys in the oil and gas industry 

The oil and gas industry heavily relies on seismic surveys to find offshore oil and gas reserves. Globally, seismic survey usage has been a trusted practice for nearly 100 years, a testament to its effectiveness. The International Association of Geophysical Contractors attests to the cost efficiency and efficacy of seismic surveys, making them an essential component of exploration strategies. 

Contributions to energy supplies 

Seismic plays a critical role in meeting the growing global and domestic energy demand. With advancements in seismic imaging technology and data processing, the industry’s ability to locate offshore resources in particular has significantly improved.  

Ongoing innovation and the adoption of sustainable practices will further reduce the impact of seismic surveys, helping ensure a responsible and prosperous future for the oil and gas industry. With seismic surveys as their guide, industry professionals will continue to make confident, well-informed decisions that shape the future of energy exploration. 

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Kiana Cruz

Kiana Cruz

Kiana Cruz is a Growth Marketing Manager at Enverus. Kiana is a marketing professional who specializes in strategy and research. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas.

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