A consortium comprising PGS, TGS and Schlumberger WesternGeco has won a tender for rights to perform a multiclient seismic programme offshore Malaysia.

PGS said that the seismic programme will be the first time the waters, offshore Sabah, have been open to the multiclient model.

The latest initiative by Petronas through Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM) is aimed at stimulating offshore E&P investment activity.

Offshore Sabah lies in an active fold-and-thrust province, and hosts various hydrocarbon accumulations.

The primary exploration target is an extension of the Brunei Baram Delta play.

As part of the seismic programme, exploration and drilling will progress into deeper frontier waters and there will be a potential for new plays in the carbonate and syn-rift section.

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The broadband 3D seismic is necessary to understand the existing play concepts, as well as new potential plays.

The consortium plans to apply a combination of advanced solutions, including multi-sensor acquisition using PGS GeoStreamer and WesternGeco IsoMetrix marine isometric seismic technology.

Other technologies include PGS Towed Streamer EM technology and advanced broadband 2D acquisition and processing techniques.

The multiclient survey in Malaysia is expected to bring together the latest in multi-sensor technology, reservoir imaging, and towed streamer electromagnetic technology, to explore offshore Sabah.

The consortium will provide industry experience, financial capability to ensure the success of the pilot project.

Image: Sabah MultiClient offshore Malaysia 2016. Photo: courtesy of PGS.