Fugro announced today it has deployed the multi-purpose offshore survey vessel ‘Fugro Gauss’ to help complete the world’s largest seep-hunting survey.
The Fugro-owned vessel thus joins ‘Fugro Brasilis’ offshore Mexico to help complete the survey for the geoscience data company, TGS.
“The data acquired will assist on identifying sites where deep hydrocarbon-rich fluids are escaping to the seafloor and will be used to target hundreds of sites for coring and geochemical analysis,” Fugro stated.
Offshore Vessel Joins World’s Largest Oil & Gas Survey
Both the vessels use hull-mounted multibeam echosounders and sub-bottom profiler systems to map an area of approximately 625,000 square kilometres (241,313 square miles) in the deep waters of Mexico.
“Fugro has a dedicated centre of excellence in Houston for seep-hunting”, Jim Gharib, Fugro’s Global Product Line Manager for Seep Studies, explained.
“The team includes several of the world’s leading geoscience experts responsible for bringing seep-hunting to the offshore industry. Our recent successes include nine seep data collection and geochemical analysis projects in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia,” it added.
Over 71,000 Miles Of Seismic Data
The survey is being conducted for TGS as part of the “Gigante Survey”, which also involves a regional 2D seismic survey of approximately 186,000 kilometres (71,815 miles), gravity and magnetic data and a regional seismic structural interpretation.
With this project, TGS aims to create the most comprehensive and modern dataset offshore Mexico, which ties into the existing regional 2D grid in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
According to Fugro, the survey will help exploration and production companies (E&P) to assess prospectivity offshore Mexico during any future licensing rounds in the country.
The interest in oil & gas exploration offshore Mexico has highly increased following the denationalisation of the country’s oil and gas market, after seven decades of government control, Fugro explains further.