The TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company has begun acquiring a new 8,600km multi-client survey offshore West Africa, consisting of long offset 2D seismic, gravity, and magnetic data.

According to the company, the regional program ties to the recent Jubilee discovery on the west side of Ghana and extends across shallow and deep water acreage that is not currently under lease.

The project is designed to help further define the extent of the petroleum system through the eastern offshore area of Ghana, said TGS-NOPEC.

David Hicks, vice president of Africa, Middle East and Far East for the TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS), said: “TGS is excited to augment its coverage in this province off West Africa. We plan to expand this regional coverage in the future as our geological understanding of the area develops.”

Earlier this week, TGS-NOPEC announced that it is acquiring a new Multi-Client 3D survey in the DeSoto Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico. Named Hernando, the new survey covers a 300 OCS block (6,900 sq. km) area. The MV BOS Arctic has already acquired approximately 25% of the project and is scheduled to complete the acquisition in May of 2009. The project deliverables will include Pre-Stack Time Migration as well as Anisotropic Kirchhoff and Wave Equation Pre-Stack Depth Migrations. Gravity data is also being collected along with the seismic data.

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) is a resource for global geoscientific data products and services in the E&P industry. TGS specializes in the design, acquisition and processing of seismic surveys and delivers seismic imaging and software services.