Netherlands-based geoscience services provider Fugro has completed several deepwater geophysical surveys in US Gulf of Mexico (GOM) for exploration and production firm Shell International.

As part of the project, Fugro collected data for multiple deepwater lease blocks in the greater Perdido and Mars development areas. The collected survey data will be used to support clearance of potential environmental, engineering, geological as well as archaeological hazards ahead of planned drilling activities.

Serving as the preferred contractor for this project, Fugro deployed a Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from Fugro Brasilis, its purpose-built survey vessel. The Hugin AUV is depth-rated to 3000m and is equipped with multibeam echosounder, side scan sonar and sub-bottom profiling sensors.

Fugro acquired critical seabed information over the project area safely despite challenging environments at sea level. The company also used a mix of onboard and in-house processing resources to meet the reporting schedule.

Shell project manager Deanne Hargrave said: “Shell’s 2019 AUV survey campaign onboard the Fugro Brasilis is another example of collaboration between Fugro and Shell to bring innovative technology and techniques to site investigations in ways that reduce HSSE exposure and survey duration, while simultaneously providing superior data quality and ancillary datasets.”

The current deepwater survey programme for Shell began this July. The completed project acquired survey data of 8500km. Since the early 2000s, Fugro acquired more than 172,000km of AUV data in the Americas region.

In July 2019, Fugro and Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) sold multiple licences for datasets acquired over the past two years in frontier regions offshore Newfoundland, east coast Canada.

In January 2018, Fugro started conducting geophysical and geotechnical surveys for Artelia, as part of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (Adnoc) Hail and Ghasha gas development.