Polarcus completed acquisition of a major new 3D broadband multi-client project in the southern Porcupine Basin, offshore southwest Ireland.
The 4300sq km survey, undertaken in partnership with ION GeoVentures, saw the 3D seismic vessel Polarcus Amani tow an ultra-wide 1350m receiver array comprising 10, 8100m-long, 2Hz solid digital streamers. This spread, towed at 14m to maximize weather uptime, enabled the vessel to cover the area in just 73 days within a challenging Atlantic frontier environment.
The multi-client project provides 3D coverage over Providence Resources' Drombeg exploration prospect and the adjacent open acreage on offer in the current 2015 Atlantic Margin Oil and Gas Exploration Licensing Round. Polarcus and ION GeoVentures are also partnering with SeaBird to acquire up to 6600km of regional 2D multi-client data across the entire basin with the objective of providing a regional context to this new frontier hydrocarbon province.
A preliminary data volume from the 3D survey will be available by year end 2014 with the final data volume available in March 2015, well ahead of the closing date for license round applications of 16 September 2015.
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Image of the Polarcus Amani, from Polarcus.