ABSTRACT:

The El Burg Offshore Concession (1463 km2) is located offshore Egypt, in the Eastern part of the Nile Delta at the confluence of the Eastern (Damietta) branch of the Nile and the Mediterranean Sea (Fig 1).BG Group (70%) and partner Petronas (30%) were awarded the concession in July 2005. The concession is adjacent to the coastline and mostly in water depths of less than 60m. Pre-existing 2D seismic data available during the bid round indicated that El Burg offshore contained a number of Pliocene, Messinian, and Oligo-Miocene leads. The available data was inadequate for the 3D seismic attribute analysis approach that has underpinned BG's exploration success on the highly productive West Delta Deep Marine and Rosetta blocks on the western side of the Nile delta. The early challenge in exploring El Burg offshore was to quickly obtain high quality 3D seismic data over the entire concession. This paper describes the operational work including the seismic survey design, acquisition, processing, and in particular the HSE management undertaken to achieve this challenge. Full 3D coverage of the block with a complex Ocean Bottom Cable (OBC) survey and a streamer survey was achieved within eighteen months from concession award and will underpin the forward exploration programme

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