OFFSHORE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN- USING SEISMIC DATA TO HELP UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF THIS HYDROCARBON EXPLORATION HOTSPOT.
Exploration Hot Spots
Gary Scaife1, Richard Spoors1
1Spectrum Geo Ltd
Hydrocarbon exploration interest has been well and truly focused on the offshore region of the Eastern Mediterranean with two successful recent deepwater exploration wells drilled by Noble Energy and the current drilling of the Leviathan prospect.
The Noble Energy and partners 2009 Tamar and Dalit exploration wells have finally proved that an active deepwater hydrocarbon system is present in the area, especially the Levantine Basin and is able to deliver potential high impact hydrocarbons in the region.
Many hydrocarbon discoveries have been made to the south in the Nile Delta and in the shallow near-shore areas in the south eastern Mediterranean Sea, but hydrocarbon exploration in the deepwater is still considered at a frontier stage with only the three Noble Energy wells drilled.
Previous interpretation and geological studies commissioned by Spectrum in 2001/2 (undertaken by Glyn Roberts and David Peace) based on over 20,000 line km of 2D seismic data, identified numerous potential exploration plays that range in age from the Triassic to the Neogene-Pliocene.
The deepwater wells targeted the same subsalt, lower-Miocene target in the Levantine Basin and Spectrum believes that the same play type can be interpreted in other parts of the basin. A large number of hydrocarbon indicators also suggest many parts of the Levantine Basin could be prospective.
The presentation of this paper coincides with the current Noble drilling activity and the possibility of a highly anticipated Lebanese hydrocarbon licence round. It is hoped Spectrums seismic datasets (both PSTM and PSDM and current ongoing seismic reprocessing project) will provide explorationists with structural and stratigraphic insight into an area where further major hydrocarbon fields may be found.