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Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) Awards CGG Airborne Gravity Gradiometer Surveys


CGG announced  that it has been awarded a contract by the
Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) to acquire
high-resolution gravity gradiometry and aeromagnetic data over two
onshore areas along the South-Eastern Tanzanian Coastal Basin and the
eastern arm of the East African Rift.
Acquisition over a total area of 30,000 sq km will commence in mid
August 2015 and is scheduled to last up to two months. Using the
industry’s lowest noise Gravity Gradiometry, FALCON®, CGG
will deliver high-resolution data and interpretation to help evaluate
the hydrocarbon potential of these basins ahead of future licensing
rounds.
Tanzania has already established itself as a highly prospective
hydrocarbon province in East Africa with a series of significant
discoveries offshore and CGG is excited to be part of this next phase of
TPDC’s exploration of the onshore basins. This survey will benefit from
the experience gained through the completion of many projects
throughout Africa using the most advanced technologies available in the
industry.
Greg Paleolog, Senior Vice President, CGG Multi-Physics, said: “CGG
is delighted to work with TPDC to improve understanding of the structure
of these basins and to assist in the identification of suitable areas
for future seismic acquisition. With the selection of our FALCON
service, we can ensure that TPDC and potential operators will have the
best quality data and interpretation products ahead of the proposed
licensing round.”
“We know that there have been significant discoveries in the Kenyan
and Ugandan parts of the Rift Valley, and there may well be undiscovered
oil or gas reserves on Tanzania’s side,” Dr. Mataragio, the Managing
Director of TPDC explains. “The two-month-long basic Airborne Gravity
Gradiometer survey is imperative given the significant reserves
discovered in similar geological settings in Kenya and Uganda. The
promotion of our blocks is part of TPDC’s core business and this
exploration effort will add value and attract investors.”
Early this month the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania
passed a new Petroleum Bill, which will be signed soon. Under the new
Petroleum Bill, TPDC is now lawfully recognized as a National Oil
Company (NOC). The NOC will participate fully in exploration and
production of oil and gas and this campaign in particular signifies the
commercial commencement of NOC in E&P activities in Tanzania.

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