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Norway’s Panoro Energy announced that it has started a 3D seismic acquisition programme in the Dussafu block offshore of Gabon.

Polarcus will carry out the 3D seismic operations at a 1,260km² area in the outboard part of the Dussafu license.

Panoro plans to focus on upgrading leads, which were previously identified on 2D seismic data to be drillable prospects.

The leads are expected to include pre-salt Gamba and Dentale sandstones, after the identification of oil bearing Dentale reservoirs in the Tortue discovery.

The 3D seismic data set from the acquisition programme is expected to provide a better understanding of the size and risk of the prospects, before taking any future exploration drilling decision in this area.

The acquisition programme will also cover Ruche and Tortue, which were discovered in 2011 and 2013, and re-shooting of a portion of the existing 3D seismic, which was acquired in 1994.

"Panoro plans to focus on upgrading leads, which were previously identified on 2D seismic data to be drillable prospects."

The 335km² subset of the 1994 3D seismic survey is expected to be reprocessed, to better define the discovered volumes, and for better placement of future development wells.

Panoro intends to complete the acquisition programme by mid-November 2013, while plans to bring fully processed seismic data for interpretation and mapping in the second half of 2014.

Panoro Energy has 33.33% interest in the Dussafu Marin permit, while it is operated by the Dussafu Marin, a subsidiary of Harvest Natural Resources.


Image: 3D seismic acquisition programme in the Dussafu block offshore of Gabon. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net.

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