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Saudi Aramco and CGGVeritas robot seismic seabed research project "SpiceRack"

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CGGVeritas and Saudi Aramco have announced a joint research project in seabed seismic acquisition, called "SpiceRack", to develop a robotised system for seabed seismic acquisition.

There will be self-propelled seismic recording nodes, devices which push themselves underwater (like remote operated vehicles) to go down to the seabed and record seismic, and come up to the surface by themselves afterwards.

It follows a memorandum of understanding signed between CGGVeritas and Saudi Aramco 5 months ago, for collaborative research and development of geophysical acquisition, processing, analysis and interpretation technologies.

The system is "expected to lead to a step-change in the efficient delivery of reservoir quality seismic data," CGGVeritas says.

CGGVeritas will also establish a Center of Excellence for Automation in Geophysical Acquisition within the new technology center to be jointly opened in the Dhahran Techno Valley with ARGAS, its Saudi joint venture with TAQA.

'Technology collaborators such as CGGVeritas play a vital role in developing innovative technology solutions aligned with Saudi Aramco's long-term objectives in exploration and field development," said Samer AlAshgar, Manager, EXPEC Advanced Research Center, Saudi Aramco.

"The SpiceRack initiative augments EXPEC ARC's research and technology portfolio and is expected to deliver a game changer in automating seismic data acquisition.'



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