ION Geophysical Corporation has recently launched the first phase of MexicoSPAN, encompassing more than 22 000 km of deep-imaged 2D seismic data.
Supporting future bidding rounds
MexicoSPAN will allow for a greater understanding of geologic conditions and basin evolution, in support of both current and future offshore bidding rounds. The programme has been designed to provide regional coverage of both the prolific exploration and production areas of the western Gulf of Mexico, alongside the exploration frontier margins of the eastern Gulf and northern Yucatan.
Upon completion of phase one, subsequent phases will commence. Phase one is necessary to identify the size and location of major prospective structures, before moving into subsequent 3D workflows.
ION will leverage the recent results of YucatanSPAN, in combination with its extensive 3D imaging experience offshore Gulf of Mexico, to enable optimal design of line placement and spacing of infills.
A complete, basin-wide regional view
Collectively, the company’s YucatanSPAN, GulfSPAN, FloridaSPAN and MexicoSPAN programs will deliver a complete, basin-wide regional view of the Gulf of Mexico. Therefore, for the first time, explorationists will be able to fully integrate seismic, well and outcrop information from onshore US to the deepwater Gulf.
A 2D data set that unites both onshore and offshore margins
“When complete, MexicoSPAN will align seamlessly with our other regional programs to offer an unparalleled 2D data set that unites both onshore and offshore margins across the entire Gulf of Mexico, with coverage extending into the Caribbean and the Atlantic,” Joe Gagliardi, Senior Vice President of ION’s GeoVentures group, commented.
He continued: “The Gulf remains a prolific and overachieving region, ensuring exploration and production activity in deepwater and frontier regions for many years to come. Our ability to provide onshore-to-offshore well control across the basin helps our E&P customers reduce risk as they extend operations into these new plays.”
Adapted from press release by David Bizley