Kuwait Starts 3D Seismic at Abdali Area

November 18, 2013

Head of Kuwait Oil Company's Exploration Department Ahmad Al-Eidan announced on November 17 the start of the 3-D seismic survey of Abdali farms area to explore for oil and gas reservoirs, Kuwait News Agency has reported.

In a press statement, Al-Eidan stated that the survey is a part a mega project to explore for the energy resources in northern areas of Kuwait in a total area of 4650 sq km or about 25 percent of the country's land.

"The survey of Al-Abdali farms is considered an important phase of the project though it covers only an area estimated at 300 sq km or 5.6 percent of the total project area," he said.

He explained that farms include populated and agricultural areas and both are considered major challenges for any seismic survey in the world.

"Approximately 20 percent of ranchers refuse to allow the company teams to carry out the seismic survey to their ranches, but intensive efforts are exerted to persuade them," he said.
Al-Eidan revealed that the company studies a proposal to move to another area till efforts to persuade the ranchers make breakthrough. He urged ranchers and citizenry in Al-Abdali farms to cooperate with the survey teams to the higher interests of the state.

He pointed out that the 3-D survey project, the biggest of its kind in the world, aims to provide accurate data about oil and gas resources in the northern areas of Kuwait.

"The project is designed to explore non-conventional deep Jurassic and Permian reservoirs, whose depth is estimated at 15,000-20,000 feet respectively, as well as to provide precise data about Cretaceous reservoirs. It is also meant to materialize the goals of the state's energy strategy for 2020 and 2030," he said.

Copyright: Kuwait News Agency, 2013