Sunday 19 August, 2018

Tullow completes oil and gas 3D seismic survey

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) oil and gas exploration programme has marked another milestone with the conclusion of the first 3D seismic survey carried out in Jamaica’s offshore.

The survey, which was undertaken by Tullow Oil as part of a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with the PCJ, wrapped up on May 8. Covering a 2250 square kilometre section of the Walton Morant block, the study took approximately 45 days and was completed within the projected timeframe. 

The work was done by marine geophysical company, Polarcus whose principal seacraft, the Adira was supported by three vessels, one of which was Jamaican-owned, throughout the operation.  In addition, observers from several local organisations including the PCJ, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Fisheries Division and the Caribbean Maritime University, were deployed on the Adira and her support vessels for the duration of the survey.

Winston Watson, Group General Manager of the PCJ said, “There are no short cuts in oil and gas exploration and while the process can be painstaking we still have to acknowledge significant milestones when we achieve them. The 3D Seismic Survey, Jamaica’s first, is the most advanced oil and gas exploration study ever carried out in Jamaica and its completion marks the steady progress of the exploration PSA the PCJ signed with Tullow in 2014.”

“Tullow’s decision to do the 3D Seismic Survey shows that the data indicators are pointing in the right direction and we hope that the results of the post survey data analysis will prompt them to move forward to the next phase,” he added.

Analysis of the data gathered from the 6 week survey could take between a year and 18 months.  The findings will determine if Tullow will elect to drill an exploratory well in Jamaica’s offshore in the future.