French-based CGGVeritas (CGV), a pure-play geophysical company, has been awarded a five-year contract by Total to carry out a 4D processing programme on Block 17, off the coast of Angola.

The deal has been signed with Total Exploration and Production Angola and Angola-based Sonangol for an undisclosed sum.

Using the Girassol FPSO, CGV will process more than 6,000km² of seismic data, tracking five of Total’s deep offshore fields over the contract period, namely Girassol/Jasmim, Rosa, Dalia/Camelia, Pazflor, and CLOV.

The scope of the works includes 4D seismic processing, as well as imaging of all annual and biennial monitor surveys planned at the block.

CGGVeritas CEO Jean-Georges Malcor said his company is pleased to have been awarded the contract.

"It also recognises our long-standing relationship with Sonangol and Total Angola and our strong local commitment to Angola," said Malcor.

"We look forward to extending our partnership with Sonangol and Total Angola to further contribute to improving hydrocarbon recovery via 4D seismic."

Sonangol is responsible for the management of oil and gas reserves in Angola; it is the concession holder for Block 17, which contains fields that are operated by Total in partnership with Statoil, BP and Esso.

The large programme includes fast-track base and monitor processing; it will be shared between the CGGVeritas processing centre in Luanda, which has served the Angolan E&P industry since 1999, and the CGGVeritas processing centre for Total in Pau, France.


Image: CGV will process more than 6000km² of seismic data using the Girassol FPSO for the 4D programme offshore Angola. Photo: courtesy of Øyvind Hagen / Statoil.