Schlumberger unit begins seismic surveys in Sri Lanka’s North East seas

ECONOMYNEXT – Eastern Echo DMCC, a unit of oil services group Shlumberger and Total of France has begun a seismic survey in the seas off Eastern Sri Lanka.

"If the results of the 2-D (two dimensional survey is positive, a 3-D survey will start," Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said Sunday.

The research vessel BGP Pioneer will carry out a survey spanning 5000 line kilometers, which will be the largest done so far in Sri Lanka in the exploration blocks designated JS-5 and JS-6.

Director General of Sri Lanka’s Petroleum Development Secretariat, Vajira Dassanayake said the vessel will spend around 40 to 50 days conducting the survey.

The data will be processed in Malaysia at a Shlumberger technical centre which may take about five months.

Sri Lanka PRDS and Total geoscientists will then analyze the data. The project, mostly funded by Total, is expected to cost around 9 million US dollars.

The data collected can be sold to prospective investors who may want to drill for oil. (Colombo/Sep02/2018)

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