CGGVeritas land crew to return to Algeria

Algeria_gas_plantCGGVeritas is to send a land team to Algeria for the first time in 15 year. (Image source: ropemonkey09/flickr)CGGVeritas has announced that it is set to resume land seismic acquisition operations in Algeria after being awarded a 3D vibroseis survey in the country by Groupement Timimoun (GTIM)

The survey will cover a total surface area of 2,240 sq km over the Timimoun block in the south of the country and has been commissioned as the first phase of the Timimoun unconventional gas field development plan.

CGGVeritas chief executive officer Jean-Georges Malcor said, “This award marks the welcome return of a CGGVeritas land crew to Algeria after 15 years of absence.

“We are seeing growing recognition among oil companies operating in Algeria of the crucial role played by high-end seismic in the development and exploitation of oil and gas fields.”

For the project, the CGGVeritas crew will use two proprietary acquisition technologies – high-productivity vibroseis acquisition (HPVATM) and EmphaSeisTM broadband vibroseis – to acquire the dataset required for the reservoir characterisation.

GTIM, a joint venture between Sonatrach, Total EP Algérie and CEPSA, awarded CGGVeritas the contract following an Open Call for Tender process and will use the resulting data to determine the field’s preliminary drilling plan.

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