Searcher Seismic is planning to begin an airborne gravity, gravity-gradiometry and magnetics survey over the Gulf of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The ROHO surveyis set to take place over the near-shore areas, covering around 60,700km² along the country’s southern coast.
The company recently completed several marine seismic and geochemical projects in order to assess the hydrocarbon potential of the Gulf of Papua and adjacent Coral Sea areas, offshore PNG.
Searcher Seismic global sales manager Rachel Masters said: “PNG has become an area of increasing industry interest in recent years and successful exploration and development projects onshore have ignited interest in the potential prospectivity offshore, which is largely unexplored.”
The ROHO survey is directed at bridging the gap between the onshore areas of PNG and the offshore regions in the Gulf of Papua and Coral Sea.
According to the company, a substantial database of new, high-quality seismic data is now available in the offshore regions. However, well data is sparse or absent entirely.
Masters further added: “Much of the area covered by the ROHO survey will comprise shallow water transition zone environments where seismic operations are difficult and expensive.
“ROHO will provide companies with a cost-effective tool to assess these areas and effectively focus future exploration efforts”
Currently, mobilisation required for the survey is underway and acquisition by CGG Multi-Physics, using a Basler BT-67 twin turbine fixed wing aircraft, is scheduled to begin next month.