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NPA Satellite Mapping - Oil Exploration

Offshore Seeps Study

Trinidad and Tobago 2018 seepage study

As a world-leading satellite remote sensing service provider, NPA Satellite Mapping (NPA) detect, interpret, classify and
monitor natural seepage and pollution slicks occurring in offshore environments.

Trinidad and Tobago seepage study Global coverage

Offshore Trinidad and Tobago has already been covered by NPA’s
satellite seepage detection project. Seepage detection by SAR
(Synthetic Aperture Radar) is a proven technique for mapping surface
oil seeps which could provide the first indication of petroleum systems
in these basins:
• 72 interpreted SAR scenes over offshore Trinidad and Tobago
• Currently increasing the number of scenes in areas of sparser

Trinidad and Tobago have a long history of successful exploitation of
oil and gas deposits, stretching back to the first commercial discovery © NPA, PetroView 2017
in 1908. In 1958, the industry moved offshore with continued success,
particularly with the discovery of major gas fields. Current reserves are Distribution of SAR images over the Trinidad and Tobago 2018
license blocks.
estimated at 728 MMb oil and 25Tcf gas. However, oil reserves have
been declining since 2006 due to a combination of maturing fields Seep Explorer portal
and operational challenges, causing the focus of exploration to move
further offshore.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries have
recently opened a new competitive bid round for shallow and deepwater
offshore blocks. The shallow blocks opened for bidding in November
2017 to be followed by the deepwater blocks in Q2 2018. Few wells
have been drilled, particularly in the underexplored deepwater sector,
which means that source risk remains a primary issue.
NPA’s satellite seepage study addresses this directly with
comprehensive multi-coverage seep data over the entire Trinidad and
Tobago offshore region. This will provide interested companies with
key information on source presence and help to de-risk charge in this
frontier region. © NPA, ESA 2017

Multiple repeat oil seepage has been detected in offshore Trinidad and Repeating seepage slicks offshore Trinidad and Tobago.
Tobago and further seepage sites could be expected with increasing
coverage levels of satellite imagery. This key information for offshore
Trinidad and Tobago is now available from NPA.
NPA Satellite Mapping - Oil Exploration

Seep Explorer - Global Offshore Seeps

NPA offer the Global Offshore Seeps Database (GOSD), as the main Global offshore seeps coverage
component of its Seep Explorer onshore and offshore seeps product
suite. Hydrocarbon seep detection from satellite imaging maps the
location and repeatability of naturally occurring oil seepage offshore.
GOSD is a recognized and valuable tool for New Ventures & Exploration
teams and has been adopted by the majority of the major international
oil companies.

Global offshore seep database

• >30,000 satellite radar images interpreted for natural oil seepage,
>220,000 slicks recorded
• Optimal satellite SAR data selected from weather screening of the
world’s SAR archives © NPA 2017

• Multiple coverage - up to 10x coverage becoming standard NPA provide global satellite coverage of offshore basins.
• Data integrated and interpreted with supporting Robertson
geological, geophysical and geochemical data, where available
The principle of seeps
• New high-resolution data from TerraSAR-X, Radarsat-2 and Cosmo
Skymed satellites used for license studies
• Full ArcGIS* deliverables and custom ArcGIS toolbar enhancing
results visualization
• Results overlaid and compared to collateral data layers including:
bathymetry, gravity, sedimentary thickness, magnetics, shipping
lanes and shipwrecks
• Online webserving enables content to be viewed by all approved
Additional unique features
© NPA 2017
• Seepage intensity maps - related to basin leakiness parameters
An explanation of how seeps form and are detected by satellite.
• Seep data accessible via the Robertson Basins & Plays geological
• Complete CGG validation chain - Seeps - Multibeam - Drop Cores -
*ArcGIS is a registered trademark of Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI).

General Contact

Mike King – Oil and Gas Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1732 865023

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