ION announces first 3D multi-client programme in Mauritania

26896524529 f92d381fc6 cOil industry company ION Geophysical Corporation in partnership with the Ministry of Petroleum, Mines and Energy (MPME) has announced the first multi-client 3D programme in Mauritania

ION will integrate and reimage approximately 24,000 sq km of MPME-held 3D data and will be able to expand the scope to include approximately 15,000 km of 2D data support pending from the industry.

Taking advantage of the company’s latest technology and extensive reimaging experience, ION aims to significantly improve the resolution of the data and the insights on the subsurface.

Throughout the E&P lifecycle, the 3D volume has applications helping to reduce risk at play, prospect, and reservoir scales. ION expects the programme to begin at mid-2021 with final deliverables in 2020.

Mohamed Abdel Vetah, minister of petroleum, mines and energy, commented, “Through this project, ION will support the efforts of the Ministry to improve its exploration strategy offshore and onshore in the Taoudeni area and attract more investors with the aim of developing the national resources for the benefit of our nation and to build a long-term beneficial partnership, which are the ultimate goals of his Excellency the President of Mauritania.”

Joe Gagliardi, senior vice-president of ION’s Ventures group, said, “We are pleased Mauritania selected ION to better understand its resources and attract new investments to the country, enabling all stakeholders to make more informed decisions.

“Recent world-class discoveries have identified huge volumes of natural gas. Mauritania’s subsurface has never been revealed on a regional 3D scale and we believe there is substantial potential to identify new prospective oil and gas opportunities in this proven, under-explored basin when viewed in this new context.  We expect this data volume will play a pivotal role in unlocking Mauritania’s remaining hydrocarbon potential for years to come.”

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