Dolphin Geophysical has signed one out of three potential 3D contracts in north-west Africa, as previously disclosed as upcoming work for Polar Duke. If all contracts materialise in line with management expectations, the vessel will be occupied in Africa from December 2011 until April 2012.
Following a successful long season with high seismic demand in the Norwegian Barents Sea, Polar Duke ceased contract operations in early November, then performed various guarantee and yard work in Aberdeen (Scotland). Awaiting permitting in West Africa, the vessel is carrying out seismic acquisition and equipment testing in the vicinity of the UK Blakeney area before departure, which is estimated to be the end of this week.
CSIRO from Australia is undertaking a survey tour towards the Australian Bight for a baseline survey looking for oil traces in the water. The surveyors are deploying a CTD and a gravity corer measuring possible traces of oil in the water column. The survey mission also consists of hydrographic mapping techniques, GIS and environmental specialists to make sure the situation before exploration is mapped well in order to know what the environmental consequences of an eventual oil seepage or leak may consist of.