India’s state-owned firm Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has contracted marine geophysical services company Shearwater GeoServices for work in the Western Offshore India area.

Shearwater was contracted by ONGC to provide three-dimensional (3D) broadband marine seismic acquisition services.

The four-month campaign, which is expected to start in the first quarter of next year (Q1-2021), covers 2,800km² across two areas in the Arabian Sea.

Shearwater plans to use the vessels ‘SW Duchess’ and ‘SW Vespucci’ for the two surveys.

Shearwater GeoServices CEO Irene Waage Basili said: “Shearwater has a strong, long-standing relationship with ONGC and adding this award to our 2021 backlog demonstrates our market-leading position in Indian offshore geophysics, enabling us to maintain high activity in the region throughout 2020 and into 2021.”

Earlier this month, Shearwater GeoServices secured a 3D seismic acquisition contract for work in the Bay of Bengal, offshore eastern India. This contract has been awarded by Indian energy firm Reliance Industries Limited (RIL).

In October, Shearwater GeoServices secured a deal for large 3D seismic acquisition and depth processing in the Europe, Africa and Middle East (EAME) region.