Following Schlumberger’s WesternGeco and ION’s announcement of a new 3D multiclient reimaging broadband program offshore Mexico, WesternGeco’s president, Maurice Nessim, announced a new partner on Thursday. The project will be joined by Malaysia’s national oil company Petroliam Nasional Berhad’s (PETRONAS) through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PETRONAS (E&P) Overseas Ventures Sdn Bhd, who will license a significant part of the WesternGeco Campeche wide-azimuth (WAZ) in the Gulf of Mexico.
The project is expected to use over 80,000km2 of data acquired during the last 12 months and process it with state-of-the-art technologies and innovative techniques from Schlumberger’s WesternGeco and ION Geophysical Corporation. It will play an important part in the upcoming national bidding rounds by providing quality geological insights and high-quality data from the southern Gulf of Mexico, allowing incoming companies to improve their selection process and secure strategic investments in the region.
Nessim expressed his enthusiasm for both this collaboration at a press conference, where he also highlighted their privileged position resulting from their regional experience with similar projects. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our collaboration with PETRONAS in Mexican waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We will leverage our extensive U.S. Gulf of Mexico experience to deliver enhanced subsalt imaging and additional exploration solutions to our clients.”, he commented in a company press release.