Alphageo finishes Oil India 3D shoot on time

Vol 22, PW 11 (21 Mar 19) Exploration & Production

Oil India will have much to be pleased about after Hyderabad-based seismic contractor Alphageo successfully completed its 2D assignment in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh ahead of time under the government-promoted National Seismic Programme (NSP) to explore remote and hitherto untouched areas of the country.

Under the contract awarded in 2016, Alphageo was mandated to shoot 2414-lkm across the two states by a strict deadline of March 2019. But work actually finished on February 9, according to an Oil India source.

He adds Alphageo exceeded its remit and shot 2416.2-lkm. This despite objections from the Golaghat district administration in Assam when it emerged that some 2D lines would pass through Agratoli, an eco-sensitive zone close to Kaziranga National Park.

"These lines were re-aligned by the DGH so seismic in that area could be completed," we hear. Alphageo crews in Assam shot 248-lkm in Majuli by February 9; 140-lkm in Pathsala by January 1; and 292-lkm in Nagaon by February 8.

Less impressive is (lack of) progress by Asian Oilfield, which has completed only 327-lkm of 738-lkm across Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Asian was forced to abort an 870-lkm survey in Manipur in January 2019 after completing only 4.74-lkm when its subcontractors were abducted by insurgents and released for ransom.

In the North Cachar hills of Assam, Asian has so far completed 308-lkm of 885-lkm while in Mizoram and Tripura it has completed 1045-lkm of the planned 1125-lkm.