BGP wins data processing contract for Oman block

BGP Inc. was chosen over many other data processing bidders. (Image source: BGP Inc)Exploration company, Frontier, has selected BGP Inc. to provide its high quality data processing services to reprocess seismic data from Block 38 in southwest Oman

BGP, the US subsidiary of the China National Petroleum Corporation, will use its proprietary software to reprocess selected 2D seismic data from the vintage data sets on the concession.

The data sets were originally acquired by previous operators on the block, including Phillips Petroleum, BP, Petroleum Development Oman and Sinopec.

Block 38, which is now 100 per cent owned by Frontier, is located in the Dhofar Region of southwest Oman and covers an area of approximately 17,425 sq km.

Frontier expects to benefit from any new developments that result from work done at BGP's recently established, advanced research and development centre in Texas, US.

Data reprocessing uses the latest in signal processing technology to enhance the interpretability of the seismic data by extracting information from the older data that would not have been possible at the time of the original acquisition and processing.

This is achieved mainly by suppressing noise and enhancing the signal reflected from the subsurface.

Reprocessed data quality will be strongly affected by the acquisition parameters used during the initial data recording.

The results of the reprocessing will be integrated into the overall seismic dataset on Block 38 and will help guide Frontier to optimise the location of a planned 3D seismic survey.

"The reprocessing of the older 2D seismic data will be the first exploration services out-sourced by Frontier on the Omani Block," said Jack Keyes, Frontier's CEO.

"We look forward to receiving and incorporating the results to enable us to plan the next phase of our exploration activity."

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