Fugro has received a contract from Shell / BG Kenya to conduct a seabed survey in the offshore region off the East African coast to identify natural leakages of hydrocarbons.

This seeps survey will complement the seismic exploration programme that was completed recently in offshore Kenya. The seeps campaign will acquire multibeam data and precise sampling over four weeks.

Fugro has planned to send its specialised survey vessel, Fugro Discovery, to Kenya next month to conduct the campaign.

The company will perform seabed sampling using a drop corer.

Fugro also stated that multibeam data will be collected using the latest deepwater high-resolution echo sounder, which will be installed on a newly designed gondola on the vessel hull.

"These important seabed surveys support the decision-making process for drilling operations, especially in frontier regions such as East Africa."

Fugro regional business development manager in Africa Peter Boon said: “Seeps surveys are an important part of Fugro’s site characterisation services and we’re very pleased to reintroduce the Fugro Discovery to African waters, where she will demonstrate the excellent value they represent when exploration budgets are limited.

“These important seabed surveys support the decision-making process for drilling operations, especially in frontier regions like East Africa.”

This project will be managed under the joint Fugro-Shell Safety Leadership programme to ensure efficiency and safe delivery.

Fugro has completed multiple seeps campaigns for Shell worldwide.