Searcher reprocessing seismic data in Oman to reveal oil prospectivity

April 20, 2022

Searcher, a data and service provider, entered into a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Oman (MEM) to acquire several new seismic surveys and reprocess legacy seismic data both offshore and onshore Oman.

Reprocessing of the offshore legacy data in the Sea of Oman has commenced already and DUG Technology have achieved uplift by applying a modern broadband processing sequence with diligent multiple removal technologies. Improving the imaging of the geology offshore Oman is both resolving uncertainties in the thrusts and fold belt plays and imaging the hitherto illusive stratigraphy below the decollement surface.

These insights are revealing an exciting oil prospectivity with unexplored yet significant resource potential. Searcher envisage that the whole 2D and 3D dataset will be reprocessed in this cooperation with MEM, in addition to acquisition of new 2D and 3D seismic in 2022/23.

The offshore Oman 2D and 3D rectification project is already completed consisting of 32,000 km (19,884 mi) of 2D plus 2,500 square kms (965 square mi) of 3D legacy data which has been rectified using Searcher’s proprietary post-stack reprocessing method. This resolves issues with navigation, metadata, amplitude, phase and time-shifts. The offshore Oman 2D and 3D Rectified Surveys are available via Searcher’s on-demand platform, sAIsmic, which hosts global rectified seismic data as a subscription service.

“We are delighted to announce our strategic partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals in Oman,” said Neil Hodgson, VP geoscience at Searcher. “Our priority is to focus on the exciting offshore basins where we see significant prospectivity. Together with MEM we will reprocess legacy data and acquire new seismic to reveal new insights into the hydrocarbon system and bring new investors to this oil rich region.”

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