Fugro and Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) have sold multiple licences for datasets acquired over the past two years in frontier regions offshore Newfoundland, east coast Canada.

The two hydrocarbon seep surveys were in the Orphan basin (2017) and Carson basin (2018).

Fugro is licensing the data packages, which feature multibeam echo sounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column), sub-bottom profiler data, heat flow measurements and shipboard geochemical screening analyses, as well as geochemical analyses with biomarkers on selected samples.

The Orphan basin dataset covers an area of 11,070km² and the Carson basin extends more than 18,880km². Every survey was followed by heat flow and geochemical sampling and analysis.

Fugro said geochemical datasets such as shipboard, conventional shore-based and AGI adsorbent-based analyses indicated the presence of thermogenic hydrocarbons.

Fugro business development director for the Americas Keith Kneale said: “With the keen interest in these licences to international E&P companies, and recent record-breaking bids in the Orphan Basin, it is clear to us there is much excitement surrounding Canada’s growing offshore industry and Newfoundland and Labrador’s licensing rounds.”

Fugro is planning further investigations, including setting up environmental baselines, assessing seafloor geohazards and preliminary planning for field development.

The company employs 10,000 people globally, provides geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions.

In June, Fugro completed the first of three Malaysian seep hunting and geochemical campaigns for the Provision of Surface Geochemical Survey for Malaysia’s fully integrated oil and gas company Petronas.

The second seep hunting and geochemical campaign, which was started in May, is taking place offshore Sarawak, Malaysia. The third campaign will be focused on the Straits of Malacca, Malaysian peninsula, in the fourth quarter of this year.