Saudi Arabia seismic survey hits Sercel 508XT milestone

A seismic survey hits a Sercel 508XT milestone in Saudi Arabia.
A seismic survey hits a Sercel 508XT milestone in Saudi Arabia. | Courtesy of

Paris-based CGG said last week it successfully launched a comprehensive deployment of Sercel's new-generation 508XT land seismic acquisition system on an extremely efficient super crew leading a seismic survey in Saudi Arabia.

The 508XT system has been tested in the harshest of atmospheres, including the Arctic, farmland and desert regions, and is currently deployed on a crew run by ARGAS, CGG's joint venture with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), which accomplished the milestone mark of 1 million vibrated points in January.

“This new performance milestone underlines Sercel's success at designing the most advanced equipment solutions to meet the needs of high-productivity seismic acquisition programs,” Sercel CEO Pascal Rouiller said. “We believe that our 508XT's unique X-Tech recording capabilities represent a breakthrough for all our customers, whether they wish to maximize crew productivity or increase their operating flexibility.”

The ARGAS land crew has regularly provided exceptional vibroseis production rates while recording extremely precise seismic data since beginning working in Saudi Arabia in October 2015. The crew operates with 12 fleets of two Sercel Nomad 65 Neo all-terrain broadband vibrators by means of the DS4 (Distance-Separated Simultaneous Slip-Sweep) vibroseis source method. In addition, the crew utilizes nearly 40,000 channels and 360,000 sensors in a 58 square mile active spread for data recording.

“In addition to the direct benefits of its X-Tech architecture, the 508XT's low power consumption combined with a requirement for less field units and batteries brings a significant weight saving, directly impacting our crew productivity and minimizing our HSE exposure,” ARGAS CEO Saad Al-Akeel said. “In addition, the 508XT equipment is easy to manage and its reliability so far has been excellent.”

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