Spectrum starts Potiguar Basin survey

OE Staff
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Spectrum has commenced a 6000km Multi-Client 2D survey offshore Brazil in the Potiguar Basin.

The acquisition program is an extension of Spectrum's 2013 Potiguar Phase 1 survey. Spectrum's Equatorial Margin database offshore Brazil, currently totals more than 110,000km of modern 2D data and 11,300sq km of new 3D broadband data. 

The survey ties the Pitu discovery announced by Petrobras in December 2013 in block POT-M-855. A discovery of the extension well Pitu Norte announced in November 2015 confirmed the active petroleum system in the deepwater Potiguar Basin.

Data is being acquired with a 10,000m cable with continuous recording to enable extended recording lengths necessary to understand the basin architecture. The data will be processed in Spectrum's processing center in Houston with PSTM, PSDM and Broadband products. Products will be available in Q4 2017.

"Spectrum continues to build on our extensive Multi-Client Library in Brazil with the seventh phase of our Equatorial Margins campaign," said Richie Miller, EVP Multi-Client Americas. "The Potiguar Basin has a long history of exploration in Brazil, with the onshore being the largest producing field in Brazil and the offshore being active since 1951. Now with the recent deepwater Pitu discoveries, Potiguar Phase II will open up more opportunities for industry to explore in this area in the expected upcoming license rounds."

The survey is acquired in partnership with BGP.

Categories: Geoscience Activity South America Geophysics Geology

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