Fugro and CGG to open seismic centres in Mumbai

Vol 8, PW 21 (26 Jan 05) Exploration & Production

India is emerging as a new destination for seismic processing.

Fugro and Compagnie Generale de Geophysique will next month open seismic data processing centres in Mumbai to cater to the growing needs of Indias upstream sector. We need this centre, Fugro tells this report.

The volume of work is increasing everyday. Behind the decision to open seismic processing centres in India are government hurdles in exporting seismic data for processing in their overseas centres.

Having processing centres in India saves time and hassle, he adds. On 1st January, Fugro NV announced that it had merged the seismic processing businesses of Fugro Robertson, Fugro Geoteam, Fugro Survey and Fugro Geoservices into a single company: Fugro Seismic Imaging (FSI).

In Mumbai, FSI has been charged with setting up the new data processing centre and will oversee all of the Fugro groups seismic operations. All these companies are specialists in their own field, the official said.

Upstream companies in India will have access to state-of-the art services. FSIs Mumbai centre will offer the full range of seismic processing services, including time processing for 2D-3D land, marine and transition surveys; depth imaging; and reservoir geophysics modelling and visualization analysis.

Until now most Fugro data processing took place at its regional centres in London, Houston and Perth. Located in Navi Mumbai, the new Fugro centre will coordinate with these three regional centres, as do other Fugro centres in Aberdeen, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Montreal.

Separately, CGG has begun trial runs of its new data processing centre in Hiranandani Complex, expected to be fully operational by next month. We plan to concentrate on the spill over work from ONGC and other companies, CGG tells this report.

We are confident of getting more work in India.

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