The Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone and GeoPartners is cooperating on a new 2D seismic survey to be acquired offshore Sierra Leone.
This will support the country’s 4th Offshore Petroleum Licensing Round planned for later this year, according to Offshore reports.
The survey will provide more than 9,000 km (5,592 mi) of new data and will cover the full offshore area available in the round, the report said.
Acquisition is due to start after completion of all necessary regulatory approvals. A subset of the data will be available to companies participating in the license process, Offshore reports.
Jim Gulland, Director, GeoPartners, said: “The new survey is the first to cover the entire offshore area from shallow to ultra-deepwater, providing ties to all existing wells and allowing a complete evaluation of the available acreage.
“Sierra Leone has proven oil discoveries, and this new long offset survey will highlight the potential of this underexplored area,” he added according to Offshore.