“The importance of data in promoting Petroleum Exploration cannot be over emphasized and thus the Ministry continues to acquire data, through Multiclient agreements. Under these agreements seismic and other geophysical data are acquired, processed and marketed in collaboration with Geophysical service providers”, He says.
The acquisition is being carried out together with the seismic vessel contractor BGP, using the BGP Prospector vessel. Over the past months the Ministry has acquired substantial volumes of geophysical data including Multibeam bathymetric, core and seismic data.
The Multibeam data is high resolution bathymetric data from which plumes and seepages could be identified.
“6000sq km of Multibeam and 18 core samples have been acquired in our maritime areas”, He reveals.
Barrow reveals that other major data projects includes an agreement with TGS to acquire 3D seismic in ultra-deep waters of the Gambia. Adding that around 4700 sq km will be added to the Ministry’s 3D data base upon completion of the project..
"The 4,770-square kilometer Gambito 2020 3D survey covers open acreage in deep and ultra-deep waters and looks to be highly prospective since extensive basin floor fans were identified in TGS 2D regional seismic grids. Located at the heart of the MSGBC basin, the survey will be adjacent to Jaan, a fully harmonized 30,000-square kilometer 3D multi-client seismic project which recently delivered final PSTM/PSDM products," explains TGS .
The acquisition in The Gambia will last around three months, with the full dataset available after final processing in Q2 2021.
"The survey will support a future licensing round organized by the country. TGS also has exclusive rights to existing multi-client seismic data offshore The Gambia," says TGS.