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CGG Launches the Second, and Third 3D Reimaging Projects in “Hot Spot’ Côte d’Ivoire Offshore

By Toyin Akinosho, in Abidjan

The Norwegian geoscience company, CGG, has announced two more new multi-client, three dimensional (3D) seismic reimaging programmmes, to cover several acreages offshore Cote D’Ivoire, a country that has become a new hydrocarbon exploration hot spot.

The projects, named CDI24 Phase I and Phase II, come after the CDI23 (6,430 km2) carried out in late 22023 and they are all being produced in association with the country’s hydrocarbon regulator, Direction Générale des Hydrocarbures (DGH) and the state hydrocarbon company, PETROCI Holding (PETROCI).

“Both projects are supported by the industry, with Phase I commencing immediately and Phase II planned for H1 2025”, CGG says in a statement.

Cote D’Ivoire  returned to reckoning in the global oil patch after ENI, the aggressive Italian explorer, announced the discovery of Baleine field in the country’s deepwater Blocks CI-101 and CI-802 in September 2021. ENI has estimated 1.5 and 2.0Billion barrels of oil in place and between 1.8 and 2.4Trillion cubic feet (TCF) of associated gas for the accumulation, which was  also the first commercial discovery, made in the country since 2001.

The new programmes will be merged with the CDI23 (6,430 km2) reimaged data (originally marketed as 2023/2024 PDSM), to create a seamless and contiguous total volume of over 16,000 km2, overlapping the recently announced Calao discovery and adjacent to the world-class Baleine field.

CGG claims it is utilizing its latest proprietary imaging technologies and highly specialized high-performance computing “to provide the best possible results from legacy 3D seismic to support exploration offshore Côte d’Ivoire”.  It  describes its tools as  cutting-edge and lists them as  time-lag FWI, Q-FWI, Q-Kirchhoff and advanced deghosting and demultiple techniques, which, the company says, “aim to produce clearer images of the deep structural plays not visible in the legacy data, as well as imaging the Calao Cenomanian and Baleine Carbonate fairways at unrivalled resolution, providing a step-change in understanding of the opportunities in the region”.

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