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May 7, 2020

Neptune Energy completes OBN seismic survey in El Amal block

UK-based offshore operator Neptune Energy has completed an ocean bottom nodes (OBN) multiclient survey in the North West El Amal block offshore Egypt.

By Himaja Ganta

WesternGeco, the seismic division of Schlumberger, has completed an ocean bottom nodes (OBN) multiclient survey offshore Egypt.

UK-based offshore operator Neptune Energy contracted the survey in the North West El Amal block. It said it delivered ‘promising results’ for further analysis.

WesternGeco used third-party vessels for the survey, sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry for Petroleum and Mineral Resources. It carried out work under a contract with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC).

The North West El Amal offshore is located in the central part of the Gulf of Suez, covering an area of 365km2. It is about 42km south of Ras Gharib and 105km north of Hurghada.

Neptune Energy Egypt managing director Gamal Kassem said: “Egypt is important for Neptune and we are pleased to build on our strong relationships with the Ministry of Petroleum and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation.

“The safe and successful completion of the seismic acquisition is an important achievement and is testament to the careful planning and professional execution by Neptune, EGPC and WesternGeco.”

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A Neptune Energy spokesperson said the project involved placing large numbers of autonomous sensors on the seabed to acquire seismic data. This data was then retrieved for analysis.

Neptune’s VP Exploration & Development, Gro Haatvedt added: “Obtaining subsalt imaging is particularly tough and the OBN technology was well-suited for this purpose. The next step is to analyse the data which has greatly improved our understanding of the block and will support our future plans including potential exploratory wells.”

Last month, Neptune Energy announced the start of a drilling campaign on the Fenja field offshore Norway, following spudding of the first well.

In February this year, Neptune Energy produced first gas from the L5a-D4 well in the deepest producing gas field in the Dutch North Sea.

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