Shar­jah set to start search for oil and gas

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Shar­jah Na­tional Oil Cor­po­ra­tion is to carry out a “mas­sive” 3D sur­vey in the hope of find­ing new oil and gas re­serves. The seis­mic sur­veys help in iden­ti­fy­ing po­ten­tial deep reser­voirs of oil and gas and will cover an area of 500sq km, lo­cated 40km south­east of Shar­jah city. Most of this area had not been cov­ered by ear­lier 3D seis­mic sur­veys. The sur­vey is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of De­cem­ber. Un­der­tak­ing such re­search in­volves deal­ing with a raft of chal­lenges as the area in­cludes mas­sive in­fra­struc­ture as well as pop­u­lated ar­eas, not to men­tion the wildlife pro­tected ar­eas, a news re­lease said. Oil an­a­lyst Robin Mills, CEO of Dubaibased Qa­mar En­ergy, said: “The area of this seis­mic sur­vey is ge­o­log­i­cally com­pli­cated in struc­ture, and that is why they are ac­quir­ing a 3D sur­vey in­stead of the sim­pler and cheaper 2D sur­veys. “There is quite a good chance of dis­cov­er­ing gas in this area if they can get a good view of the struc­tures from this sur­vey be­fore drilling.” He said Shar­jah has four on­shore gas­fields in the Sa­jaa area, which were orig­i­nally quite large but are now de­pleted and pro­duc­ing well be­low their his­toric max­i­mum. Mills added: “Still, the gas pro­duc­tion is im­por­tant for the emi­rate’s power plants and for gov­ern­ment rev­enues.”

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