BG unhappy with 2D seismic export delays

Vol 17, PW 9 (28 Nov 13) People & Policy

BG India is anxious about delays in securing defence ministry clearance to send high-resolution broadband 2D seismic data overseas for interpretation from Mumbai offshore block MB-DWN-2010/1 which it shares with BHP Billiton.

In March this year CGGVeritas shot 2000-lkm broadband 2D over the 7963-sq km NELP-IX west coast block and processed the data. BG now wants to send it overseas for interpretation but has yet to receive defence clearance, according to a company source.

Delay, it seems, is because of "security concerns" and not because BG wants to send the data electronically, rather than physically in tape format. As this is the first time such data is being sent overseas electronically the outcome will set an industry precedent.

"It's a sensitive matter," adds a source. CGGVeritas applied to the DGH on behalf of BG for permission to send the data overseas, we hear.

"We have a department (within the DGH) which looks after such things," he says. "The application was forwarded to them.

" BG meanwhile is gearing up to invite EoIs to shoot 2000-sq km 3D at the same block under the five-year Phase-I (effective September 20, 2012) where the UK explorer has also committed one well to 3000 metres. "BG has plenty of time to fulfil its Phase-I commitment," adds the DGH.

Phase-I runs till September 2017.