Azimut worried about seismic theft

Vol 18, PW 13 (26 Feb 15) News in Brief

Kazakhstan-based seismic contractor Azimut continues to struggle shooting 1500-sq km 3D for Cairn India at the producing RJ-ON-90/1 block in Rajasthan.

Earlier it faced land acquisition problems but as if those weren’t enough Azimut is now having trouble with repeated equipment theft. “We’ve lost equipment worth $1m since we began work a year ago,” says a company source.

Thieves have been stealing ground electronics like geophone strings and cables, and data transmitting Laul and Laux boxes costing $10,000 each are stolen almost every day. Azimut is forced to buy replacements of stolen equipment to ensure work is not interrupted.

"Such equipment is not easily available in the market," we hear. "Azimut has the backing of Geotech which arranges replacement equipment.

" Despite these problems of theft and land acquisitions Azimut claims to have shot 650-sq km 3D under the contract awarded by Cairn on July 3, 2013. “I think we can complete work only by mid-2016,” we hear.