The "MV Vespucci", a vessel belonging to global seismic company Western Geco, arrived at the Port of Colombo on the 06th of May 2017 while passing Sri Lanka en route to Malaysia.

After completing a project there, the vessel will return to Sri Lanka to conduct the country’s first ever seismic acquisition off the East Coast, under the Joint Exploration Agreement between Total of France and the Government of Sri Lanka. The Hon Chandima Weerakkody, Minister of Petroleum Resources Development, and Government officials engaged in petroleum exploration activities visited the vessel, and were given a guided tour by the crew. The Total acquisition programme will include around 5000 km of 2D seismic off the East coast, after which the vessel will move to the Mannar basin off the West coast to conduct further 2D and 3D acquisition programmes.

The new seismic data would reduce geological uncertainty, and form the basis of Sri Lanka’s 3rd International Licensing Round, currently planned for the end of this year. The Government also plans to acquire multi-client airborne gravity/magnetic data in the Mannar and Cauvery basins over the next few months. This will complement seismic data in enhancing sub surface imaging and geological modeling capabilities, encouraging major oil companies to invest in Sri Lanka.

Date posted: May 22, 2017