Sri Lanka mulls more offshore seismic surveys for oil
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan authorities are considering more offshore seismic surveys in the search for oil and gas deposits off the western and southern coasts following the start of a new survey off the east coast, officials said.
A Chinese seismic vessel, BGP Pioneer, Sunday left Colombo Port to do a 2D seismic survey for hydrocarbon deposits off the east coast where the government has a joint study deal with French oil major Total.
The vessel was chartered by Eastern Echo DMCC, a unit of oil services group Shlumberger, to do a seismic survey for Total in the JS 5 and 6 exploration blocks off the east coast.
Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS) Director General Vajira Dassanayaka said they hope to do more seismic surveys using the same vessel off the western and southern coasts.
“We want to do more seismic surveys off the southern and western coasts depending on prefunding from oil and gas exploration companies,” he said.
The acquisition of more data will help to attract oil and gas firms to do exploration and drilling.
(COLOMBO, 04 September, 2018)