Geotech rescues Azimut seismic shoot for Cairn

Vol 17, PW 20 (22 May 14) Exploration & Production

Russian seismic giant Geotech is mobilising a 250-strong team to India next month (June) to help affiliate company Azimut Energy Services speed up work to shoot 3D at Cairn’s Rajasthan block RJ-ON-90/1.

Cairn met Geotech bosses in Moscow between April 13 to 15 to discuss Azimut's painfully slow progress on the 1500-sq km 3D job. “Seismic acquisition isn't happening at a smooth pace,” says an industry source.

At present Azimut's crew consists of 60 to 70 people from Kazakhstan and 100 to 115 people from India. There are also 20 to 25 people from Cairn supervising the job in addition to 400 observers, line-men and technicians.

Geotech's freshly mobilised crew of 250 will be entirely non-Indian. “It will take around three months to mobilise and set up camps for the new crew,” says an Azimut source.

“The crew will begin shooting 3D by September 1.” Azimut has struggled to deal with angry farmers blocking operations and demanding extra compensation for shooting on their land.

Ideally the company should be shooting 1000 to 1500 shots a day but is only managing 500/day, forcing the resignation of the Azimut manager handling the seismic project. A new manager KK Sinha was appointed in early May to deal with angry farmers.

“The previous manager couldn’t handle local issues,” we hear. A Cairn spokesman was unavailable for comment.

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