Malaysia has opened an area of its offshore waters to the multi-client seismic model for the first time. The move is a result of a new initiative by Petronas to stimulate offshore E&P investment activity.
“A consortium comprising of PGS, TGS and Schlumberger WesternGeco, the industry’s three largest multi-client companies, have successfully won the tender for the rights to undertake a multi-client seismic program offshore Sabah,” TGS, a Norwegian seismic company said.
Offshore Sabah sits in an active fold-and-thrust province that hosts a number of proven hydrocarbon accumulations.
An extension of the Brunei Baram Delta play, the primary exploration target has been Miocene deltaics with some younger Pliocene. With exploration and drilling progressing into deeper frontier waters, there is potential for new plays in the carbonate and syn-rift section. This large basin will benefit from modern, high resolution broadband 3D seismic necessary to understand both the existing play concepts and new potential plays.
The consortium will use a combination of some of the most technologically advanced survey techniques, including multi-sensor acquisition using marine isometric seismic technology, and advanced broadband 2D acquisition and processing.