Fugro’s Seep Hunting: Innovative Method for Economical, Effective Exploration

Fugro’s Seep Hunting: Innovative Method for Economical, Effective Exploration

Fugro’s seep hunting and geochemical campaigns are an innovative method for economical and effective exploration, especially in frontier regions where prospectively is uncertain. Using world-class scientists and research assets, we provide results that exceed those of standard industry geochemical surveys.

Seep hunting and geochemical campaigns reduce offshore exploration risk and cost. Decades of experience and purpose-built vessels with onboard expert scientists mean we provide reliable insights into thermogenic hydrocarbon potential, optimization of future exploration work, and early development planning. Value-sensitive clients return to us time and time again, citing savings in the 10s to 100s of millions of dollars

Moreover, seep exploration and sampling is growing rapidly because of its proven success. Our modern seep hunting methods integrate multibeam mapping with other geophysical datasets to locate and precisely sample the highest quality targets for geochemical studies. These geochemical samples are then processed in ultra-clean conditions.

Some geochemistry is analyzed on the vessel to provide a real-time understanding of the geologic model and guidance for further sampling. Samples are then stored under secure conditions for subsequent analysis at a shore-based facility.

-Evaluation and integration of any pre-existing data for survey planning

-Map all (or most) of your lease block quickly (approximately 1000km2/day)

-Multibeam data can be acquired at a fraction of the cost of 3D seismic data acquisition

-Hull-mounted, multibeam echosounders provide high-quality bathymetry, backscatter, and water-column anomaly information

-Sub-bottom profiler provides detailed, shallow sub seafloor stratigraphy

-USBL-guided, targeted piston coring recovers precisely located samples

-Onboard geochemistry supports preliminary interpretations

-Our expert supervising scientists on board ensure the quality of every operation

-Optional add-on services including heat flow analysis, environmental baseline surveys, and metocean data acquisition

-Our proprietary, Back2Base data transmission service enables even large datasets to be sent from ship to shore, greatly improving client involvement

-Data can be used to attract farm-in partners or to make divestment decisions to allocate resources elsewhere


Fugro has an enviable track record in seep hunting and geochemical campaigns with an exceptionally high success rate. Our specialized services deliver expertise in all phases, underpinned by a world-class safety culture. By analyzing and interpreting hydrocarbon potential in frontier regions, we lower costs and risks and reduce exploration uncertainties. Benefits include:

– Obtaining optimum samples for geochemistry analysis

-Understanding what is in your reservoir

-Proving prospectively of region

-Obtaining data for future exploration work, undertaking regional shallow hazard assessment, and making preliminary development considerations

-Remaining informed throughout the process to track progress and measure goals

-Taking advantage of a single mobilization by adding services needed at later stages (such as environmental baseline surveys).

Client Focused:

Fugro has designed an integrated geochemical program for our clients that optimizes each step of the seep hunting process – from individual studies to cohesive regional investigations. This creates a program consisting of a legacy data study, geophysical acquisition survey, targeted coring and geochemical sampling and heat flow measurement program. Case studies demonstrate how our approach – compared to historic industry success rates – can more than double the likelihood of recovering samples bearing evidence of migrated liquid petroleum and thermogenic gas (Bernard et al., 2008; Orange et al., 2008; Gharib, 2009). Our Center of Excellence for Seep Studies boasts world-renowned geoscientists who ensure data quality and consistency for every project. Constantly innovating, they refine processes and techniques, improving deliverables for our clients.

The Fugro Difference              

We know our technological expertise only benefits our clients when we use it to deliver against their business needs. Our SeepHunting team provides detailed, actionable results in near real-time to our clients, meaning the work can be optimized throughout the project life cycle. We work in collaboration with you to meet your timeline and goals by providing pre-planning, daily shipboard technical reporting, integrated geophysical and geochemical deliverables, and value-added data products useful for later project work (e.g., geohazards analysis) that exceed your expectations.



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