Total doing EIA for Sri Lanka oil search
ECONOMYNEXT – French oil major Total SA has begun an Environmental Impact Assessment in preparation for surveys for oil and gas deposits off Sri Lanka’s east coast, an official said.
“Total has just finalised their survey plan and the selection of their seismic contractor; they are now in the process of doing the EIA,” Saliya Wickramasuriya, Director General of the Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat (PRDS), told EconomyNext.com.
“Seismic surveys will start by November or December.”
The north-east monsoon conditions, which are expected to begin around the same time, will not impede the acquisition of seismic data, he said.
“For the seismic vessels involved and the way those streamers are deployed, our monsoon conditions are not an impediment.”
Total signed an agreement with the PRDS in February for exploration in the deep water JS5 and JS6 blocks off the east coast starting with a 2D seismic survey.
The French oil major entered Sri Lanka after test wells drilled by Cairn India discovered gas deposits in two, proving the existence of petroleum systems in the Mannar Basin off the west coast.
(COLOMBO, August 19, 2016)