09-Sep-2011 WGP in Arctic Exploration
Independent British geophysical contractor, WGP Exploration Limited, is currently assisting ION’s GeoVentures group with their on-going Arctic exploration programme. WGP provided the source array, recording office and source workshop components of the Thalassa owned Portable Modular Source System PMSS™ in addition to the technical crewing required for the 2011 seismic programme.
The vessel utilised for the operation was selected due to its ice-class and research capability. As a non-seismic vessel it was recognised at an early stage that a custom umbilical winch design would be required, a solution was quickly designed by WGP Engineering and subsequently installed under the supervision of the field crew. The PMSS’s BOLT Technology Annular Port Gun (APG) is ideally suited to the deployment methodology whereby conventional tow plates, spreader bars and external air and electrical lines are negated. The PMSS’s self-sufficient recording office and gun workshop were quick and easy to install providing instantaneous instrument and workshop facilities.
“The PMSS™ systems are initially designed and constructed to target the Permanent Reservoir Monitoring market, this sector has been slow to develop however once again with WGP’s innovative approach and the equipment flexibility we are delighted to provide a custom source solution to ION”.