Gulf Oil signs largest seismological surveillance contract in Kuwait

February 01, 2014 - 12:55:58 pm

KUWAIT: Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KGOC) had signed a contract to execute the largest three dimensional seismological surveillance in the country.

KGOC Spokesman Sheikh Ali Humoud Al-Sabah said in a statement carried by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said on Saturday the surveillance will be executed in the divided zone of Al-Wafra Joint Operations, adding that it will cover about 4,612 square km with a cost of $225 millions.

The contract was signed with WesternGeco company, which is a business segment of Schlumberger, a leading geophysical services company, said the Spokesman. The preparation phase for the project will start early March, including logistic operations, surveillance, and mine detecting, Sheikh Ali noted.

The actual surveillance operation is expected to take place by Q3 2014 to be completed in no more than 24 months, said Sheikh Ali, adding that the (KGOC) had fully prepared the documents needed for the project in cooperation with Saudi Arabian Chevron.

The geological nature of Al-Wafra fields differs from any other area in Kuwait, therefor the Joint Operations administrations will use modern high quality technologies to drill oil wells, he stated. Moreover, Sheikh Ali said that officials aim to preserve  hydro carbonic elements in Al-Wafra reservoirs and support new discoveries in the area.

The surveillance which will be the fifth largest of its kind in the world will use modern sensing devices in the process, said the Spokesman, also noting that the operation will cover Al-Khafji, Al-Wafra Farms, Al-Khiran area, and muddy locations.

The Join Operations had been facing some challenges in the last few years due to production's drop and reservoirs' depletion, leading companies to search for developed technologies to reveal the actual extension of current reservoirs, while also discovering new reservoirs and oil fields, he explained. (QNA)