Oil and gas exploration and production company Erin Energy has completed a new 3D seismic survey off the coast of the Gambia.
The company awarded a contract to marine geophysical company Polarcus to perform the survey using the Polarcus Alima, a 12 streamer 3D/4D seismic vessel.
The survey was started by Erin Energy in July through its subsidiary Camac Energy Gambia, covered around 1,613km² on the company’s A2 and A5 blocks.
Following completion of the survey, the company plans to begin data processing and interpretation and expects to release the results during the second quarter of 2016.
Erin Energy chief operating officer Segun Omidele said: "We are pleased to report that the acquisition has been completed on time and within budget.
"We look forward to receiving the processed seismic data, which will allow us to build upon our understanding of the prolific plays in this emerging basin, and will assist our team in determining exploration activities on the blocks."
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The A2 and A5 blocks, located 45km offshore the Gambia, are 100% operated by Erin Energy and are on-trend with the recent FAN-1 and SNE-1 hydrocarbon discoveries offshore Senegal by Cairn, Conoco, and FAR.
Erin Energy chairman and CEO Kase Lawal said that the 3D seismic data acquisition in West African margin basin will provide valuable pre-drill information which will help evaluate the exploration potential of the blocks.
US-based Erin Energy’s asset portfolio 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.