BGP starts Cuba 2D multi-client survey

BGP Marine started a 2D multiclient survey, offshore Cuba, after signing a contract with Cuba-Petroleo Co. (CUPET).

Map from BGP.

The project comprises 25,000 km of 2D long-offset, high resolution, broadband seismic and gravity data. The survey specifically targets the Cuba Economic Zone of the Gulf of Mexico areas. The acquisition is carried out using the vessel BGP Pioneer and the final data will be available to clients in Q4 2017. The bid round will be followed after the completion of the survey.

The underexplored offshore Cuba contains large areas of open acreage. The presence of an active hydrocarbon system is indicated by oil and gas shows in some of the wells.

The survey has been designed to acquire high quality data that will be fundamental in assisting the interpretation of the geology in the offshore Cuba, and the identification of prospective structural and stratigraphic trends that can be used for regional evaluation and future detailed seismic survey designs.

The news of the contract inspires hope after a failed attempt to drill offshore Cuba in 2012. Spain's Repsol, in consortium with Norway's Statoil and India's OGNC, had planned a three-well campaign offshore the Communist country, but gave up on the campaign after the first well came up dry. Reuters reported that the exploration well was drilled in 5600ft of water more than 20mi off Cuba's northern coast. The BBC reported at the time (May 2012) that Repsol had spent US$100 million on the campaign.

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