New MSGBC Basin Prospects in Focus for TGS offshore The Gambia

The company is undertaking the program in co-operation with BGP and The Gambian Ministry of Petroleum & Energy.

TGS has announced that it has fired the first shot in a 3D seismic survey it is undertaking off the coast of The Gambia with the commencement acquisition of the 4,770-sq km (1,842-sq mi) Gambito 2020 3D survey in the MSGBC basin offshore The Gambia.

The company is undertaking the program in co-operation with BGP and The Gambian Ministry of Petroleum & Energy (MOPE), using the BGP Prospector vessel. Recently the vessel steamed south to prepare for the campaign after recently completing another 3D seismic survey for TGS off northern Senegal.

Gambito 2020 will cover acreage in deep and ultra-deep waters, which according to TGS could be highly prospective, based on extensive basin floor fans identified in previous TGS 2D regional seismic grids. Located at the heart of the MSGBC basin, the survey will also be adjacent to Jaan, a fully-harmonised 30,000-sq km (11,583-sq mi) 3D multi-client project which recently delivered final PSTM/PSDM products.

The acquisition in The Gambia will last around three months, with the full dataset available after final processing in Q2 2021. The survey will support a future licensing round organized by the country. TGS also has exclusive rights to existing multi-client seismic data offshore The Gambia.

Kristian Johansen, TGS CEO, said: “the commencement of the Gambito 2020 3D is the latest step to increase our extensive subsurface survey activities in the MSGBC basin, a prolific region in offshore West Africa. TGS’ unique combination of seismic and interpretation products in the area will offer our customers critical insight into supporting their E&P plans in this region.”

TGS acquisition is the latest development in The Gambia’s desire to explore offshore resources and build a significant energy economy. Last year the government signed a contract with supermajor BP to explore oil and gas off its coast.

The Gambia’s President, H.E. Adama Barrow, is trying to build up Gambia’s oil and gas sector as a way of reviving an economy decimated by more than two decades of autocratic rule under former President Yahya Jammeh, who fled the country in 2017.
For more on the MSGBC Basin, which spans territorial waters between Senegal and Mauritania on Africa’s Western Atlantic Coast, join us at AOW 2020 as we discuss above and below ground risk, and gain insight from NOCs and operators in the region.

Hon. Fafa Sanyang, The Gambia’s Minister of Petroleum & Energy, is attending AOW 2020. See the full list of confirmed governments.

Image courtesy of TGS.