Polarcus Alima

Erin Energy through its subsidiary Camac Energy Gambia has started the 3D seismic survey off the coast of Gambia, West Africa.

The survey will be carried out by offshore geophysical company Polarcus using a 12 streamer 3D/4D seismic vessel Polarcus Alima, and is expected to take around 50 days to complete.

According to the US-based company, the survey will cover approximately 1,500km² on Erin Energy’s A2 and A5 blocks.

Located 45km offshore Gambia, the A2 and A5 blocks are 100% owned by Erin Energy.

The acquisition of 3D seismic data in this emerging West Africa margin basin will provide valuable pre-drill information that is key to evaluating the exploration potential of these blocks

In November 2014, Cairn, Conoco, Petrosen and FAR had discovered similar discoveries from FAN-1 and SNE-1 in offshore Senegal.

"The acquisition of 3D seismic data in this emerging West Africa margin basin will provide valuable pre-drill information that is key to evaluating the exploration potential of these blocks."

As part of the contract, Polarcus has began the 3D broadband multi-client project across the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea-Bissau Basin offshore Northwest Africa.

Erin Energy chairman and CEO Kase Lawal said: "The acquisition of 3D seismic data in this emerging West Africa margin basin will provide valuable pre-drill information that is key to evaluating the exploration potential of these blocks, which are in close proximity to recent offshore Senegal oil discoveries.

"Polarcus has a reputation for high-quality data acquisition and a commitment to the highest environmental standards, and we are pleased to be working with them."

The asset portfolio of Erin Energy comprises nine licences across four countries covering an area of 43,000km².


Image: Polarcus Alima, an ultra-modern 12 streamer 3D/4D seismic vessel. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.