Malaysian oil giant Petronas hires global hydrocarbon hunter for airborne seismic exploration via Edinburgh team

The Bell Geospace oil survey aircraft at work
The Bell Geospace oil survey aircraft at work

EXCLUSIVE by Scottish Energy News

Global hydrocarbon hunter Bell Geospace – whose EMEAA office is based in Scotland – has been awarded a contract by Mayalsia’s multinational exploration business Petronas (Petroliam Nasional Berhad) for airborne 3D seismic oil hunting.

The contract, for 3D multi-client full tensor gradiometry data acquisition, processing and interpretative services, will cover approximately 199,000 square kilometres over offshore Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah

With its unique expertise and track record in high resolution gravity technology, Bell Geospace will provide a variety of expert services for the project.  This will allow current petroleum arrangement contractors and potential bidders seeking new exploration blocks, to quickly identify prospective areas for quick and efficient understanding of complex sub-surface geology.

Edinburgh-based John Macfarlane, executive vice president of Bell Geospace, said: “We expect that this data will play a significant role in the exploration process for companies working or considering working in Malaysia, allowing for the first time ever, a rapid selection of areas of interest for bidding and for planning for subsequent seismic acquisition and interpretation work.”

“With its track record of expertise, technology and analysis, Bell Geospace will take the lead role in this exciting project, bringing a new, efficient and cost-effective exploration methodology in Malaysia.”

Bell Geospace clients include North Sea oil & gas companies as well as mineral exploration companies. 

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