Oilfield services company Schlumberger has launched a new deepwater 3D seismic survey in Mexico’s Compeche basin to expand its Gulf of Mexico seismic data portfolio.

The acquisition of the multiclient wide-azimuth survey will cover 80,000km² using two fleets of WesternGeco vessels, including Amazon-class, the purpose-designed 3D seismic vessels.

WesternGeco president Maurice Nessim said: "Building on our experience in the US Gulf of Mexico, we are focused on collaborating with customers to understand and prioritise the hydrocarbon potential in the Mexican waters of the Gulf.

"We have begun acquisition of high-quality seismic images of the Campeche Basin, which when combined with advanced modeling and interpretation, will help our customers identify new exploration opportunities and minimise risk."

The seismic acquisition programme is expected to be concluded in early 2016.

"We are focused on collaborating with customers to understand and prioritise the hydrocarbon potential in the Mexican waters of the Gulf."

Following the completion, customers will be able to access high-quality images to support future appraisal campaigns in the frontier play.

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According to Schlumberger, the survey has been designed and modelled based on customer interest, as well as input to the programme.

Schlumberger’s other Mexican multiclient projects include reimaging of the Campeche and Perdido basins.

A suite of wide-azimuth, long offset and broadband seismic surveys can be used to overcome the subsurface challenges including near-salt and subsalt structures, complex faulted structures, and deep-thrusted structures in the Campeche Basin, the company said.

Image: Broadband 3D wide-azimuth survey designed and modeled based on understanding of the geological structure of the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: courtesy of Schlumberger Limited.