TGS has secured approval from Mexico's Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) to acquire multibeam, coring and geochemical analysis data over an area of approximately 600,000km² offshore Mexico.

The project will cover the entire deep water area of Mexico’s offshore, including the Perdido Fold Belt, and Campeche Bay.

Fugro will be responsible for the acquisition of multibeam data using vessels equipped with advanced multibeam sonar equipment.

The project will complement the company’s 186,000km Gigante regional 2D seismic survey, the company said.

TGS Western Hemisphere senior vice-president Katja Akentieva said: "We are pleased to create a portfolio that combines all important geoscience data into one integrated package that can be used to better aid exploration efforts in this region.

"These data have value from the earliest stages of reconnaissance through the end of the development program."

TGS will determine potential oil and gas seep targets using multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data for sediment sampling.

The multibeam and coring data collection is scheduled to commence in the third quarter subject to approval from the Mexican authorities. It is slated for completion during the fourth quarter of 2016.