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November 5, 2019

Total selects Shearwater for seismic project offshore South Africa

Offshore survey specialist Shearwater GeoServices has secured a conditional letter of award for a 2D seismic acquisition and fast-track processing project.

Offshore survey specialist Shearwater GeoServices has secured a conditional letter of award for a 2D seismic acquisition and fast-track processing project.

The award has been granted by Total E&P South Africa. Shearwater noted that the survey will be the company’s first project offshore South Africa conducted at block 11B/12B.

Situated in the Outeniqua Basin, 175km off the southern coast of South Africa, block 11B/12B covers an area of 19,000km². The water depths of the block range from 200m to 1,800m.

Shearwater’s survey, which is expected to take two months for a seismic survey at Total’s block, will initially cover 3,650 linear kilometres by the multi-purpose vessel (MPV) SW Cook. The offshore survey will start in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Shearwater GeoServices CEO Irene Waage Basili said: “The SW Cook worked for Total in the North Sea this summer and we are very pleased to see it continue to acquire seismic for Total in South Africa on a project where we will also leverage the flexibility of our Processing & Imaging teams.

“They will provide fast turnaround results to Total during the survey enabling rapid decision making.”

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SW Cook, which is one of the three MPVs operated by Shearwater, has been working throughout the North Sea summer season on 3D and 4D seismic projects. It also serves as a source vessel on Total’s 2019 North Sea 4D programme.

In July, Total contracted Odfjell Drilling’s sixth-generation semisubmersible Deepsea Stavanger rig for the next phase of drilling on block 11B/12B.

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