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Fugro Airborne Surveys has been contracted by Beach Petroleum (Tanzania) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Beach Energy Ltd., for the acquisition and processing of Airborne Gravity Gradiometer (AGG) and High-Resolution Airborne Magnetic (HRAM) data obtained using the FALCON AGG system.

The survey, consisting of approximately 27,000 line km, commenced 9 September, and will take approximately three months to acquire the data. The survey will be flown over a 7,160 sq km block covering the southern portion of Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania.

Naturally occurring seeps and surface slicks are well known on Lake Tanganyika, and significant hydrocarbon discoveries have been made in the Ugandan portion of the Eastern African Rift Zone.

“This survey continues the high utilisation of AGG technology this year throughout the African continent and follows successful programmes in Zambia, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Gabon,” said Rod Pullin, Managing Director of Fugro Airborne Surveys.

“I am pleased that we will acquire high-quality AGG and HRAM data over this geographically and geologically diverse prospect with onshore, shallow water and deepwater conditions,” said Terry Crabb, Business Development Manager for Fugro Gravity & Magnetic Services. “FALCON data will identify structures of interest to assist in optimal location of the seismic survey work later in the programme.”