Searcher Seismic and MAGE have started the acquisition of the Echidna Regional Broadband 2D seismic survey covering the Atlantic Margin off western Ireland.
The Echidna survey covers around 9,000km of long-offset broadband 2D seismic data, including the Goban Spur, Porcupine and Slyne Basins, and well-tie to over 30 exploration wells.
It also incorporates the Connemara and Burren oil fields, and the Spanish Point gas discovery.
The survey will be acquired with an 8km streamer, and the cable length, combined with new broadband processing techniques, will provide an opportunity for exploration firms to evaluate the acreage.
Searcher Seismic said that recent drilling results have suggested considerable oil potential in the area.
Searcher Seismic Norway country manager Jan Gunnar Opsal said: "The rift systems associated with these basins are among the most interesting exploration targets in the North Atlantic, and we are confident the Echidna survey will provide a solid foundation for evaluation of the area."
The company said fast-track data of selected priority lines will be available in time for evaluation ahead of the Irish bid round.
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Image: The Echidna survey covers about 9000km of long-offset broadband 2D seismic data. Photo: Courtesy of Searcher Seismic.