CGGVeritas to carry out seismic survey offshore South Africa

Image source: CGGVeritas.Image source: CGGVeritas.CCGVeritas is reportedly planning to explore a 121,000 sq km area for oil and gas offshore South Africa in early 2013

The French exploration company will explore an area of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline stretching from Port Shepstone in the south to Kosi Bay in the north, according to a report in South Africa’s The Mercury.

The area extends 300 km out to sea and reaches depths of up to 2.5km.

The four-month survey is scheduled to begin in March next year so as to avoid disrupting turtle, whale and dolphin migrations in the area.

Similar surveys have been carried out recently off the KwaZulu-Natal coast by Sasol and Silver Wave Energy.

CGGVeritas has announced that the Petroleum Agency of South Africa accepted its application for a reconnaissance permit off the KZN coastline, subject to the approval of an environmental management plan.

The seismic vessel will carry an independent marine mammal observer who will monitor any impact of the survey upon sea creatures.

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