Spectrum has partnered with YPF for a 35,000km multi-client 2D seismic survey that includes an area of 435,000km² offshore, in the deepwaters of Argentina.

The company said it has received the necessary authorisation from the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Argentina to carry out the survey.

Spectrum multi-client Americas executive vice-president Richie Miller said: “With the commencement of our first programme in Argentina we again start to build a core area for Spectrum to grow and expand on.

“There has been no deepwater exploration in Argentina and this survey will allow industry to get a look at a frontier area for the first time with modern long offset high-fidelity data.

“This expansion of the Atlantic Margin seismic coverage, will soon allow Spectrum to offer a modern 2D library from French Guiana through Brazil to the edge of the Malvinas Basin offshore Argentina.”

"This survey will allow industry to get a look at a frontier area for the first time with modern long offset high-fidelity data."

Designed in partnership with YPF, the survey is expected to provide a detailed seismic grid over the under-explored frontier area of Argentina.

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It also provides basis for basin-wide studies of the offshore area, as well as assist in prospect / lead level interpretation studies for upcoming licence rounds.

Spectrum is acquiring data with a 12,000m streamer with continuous recording and will process it with PSTM, PSDM and broadband products.

The first data is expected in fourth quarter of this year.

New data will also help the Government of Argentina with placement and design of parcels for the future licence rounds in this offshore region.

Supported with industry funding, the survey is planned to be conducted in partnership with BGP Marine.