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BP Libya Launches Historic Offshore Exploration Programme

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 9/30/2008, Location: Africa

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BP’s new Libyan exploration project reached an historic milestone on Tuesday 23rd September, with the start of a major seismic acquisition survey in the Mediterranean waters of Libya’s Gulf of Sirt. The project is the biggest 3D marine seismic survey that BP has ever undertaken – and is among the largest and most ambitious such projects ever embarked upon by the global hydrocarbons industry.

At 4.20pm local time the seismic vessel ‘Geowave Endeavour’ (operated by Norwegian contractor Wavefield Inseis) coasted out of Tripoli’s main port, before sailing north-east towards BP’s offshore exploration acreage. The first seismic shot is expected by the end of the month.

“This is a major achievement for BP in Libya,” commented Jens Pace, BP North Africa Exploration Director. “BP Libya’s seismic team, together with our colleagues in Wavefield Inseis, have done an outstanding job in getting us to where we are today cost effectively. We look forward to the safe start-up of operations and to receiving our first seismic data.”

The offshore seismic survey will continue until mid-2009. This will require the Endeavour, supported by its flotilla, sailing uninterruptedly (allowing for poor weather and maintenance) across a survey area over 17,000 square kilometres.

The survey being undertaken is a conventional 3D marine survey with the Endeavour towing ten streamer cables each 8 kilometres long.

Alastair Fraser, BP Libya Offshore Exploration Manager, explains the next steps: “This is the first operational step on the road to delivering what we hope will be BP’s next significant offshore petroleum province. There is an initial phase of seismic data processing on-board the Endeavour, undertaken by Geotrace. This data will then be interpreted by BP geoscience personnel located in Tripoli and Sunbury – including Libyan geologists recently recruited by BP – and a three-dimensional model of the sub-sea geology will be generated. This will enable us to make recommendations to our drilling team on structures to drill, which should commence in 2010.”

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