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Otway Basin 3D Multi-client Marine Seismic Survey

Activity type Seismic survey
Activity subtypes
Lifecycle Classification Exploration
Submitted by TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company Pty Ltd
Submission date 20 September, 2022
Subtype New
Decision date
RMS ID 7199
Status Under assessment (with NOPSEMA)
Link to previously accepted EP
Otway 3D MSS
Phone: +61 (0) 8 9480 0000
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Location map - Activity: Otway Basin 3D Multi-client Marine Seismic Survey (refer to description)

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company Pty Ltd (TGS) proposes undertaking a three-dimensional multi-client marine seismic survey (3D MC MSS) in the Otway Basin, in Commonwealth waters offshore from Victoria, and Tasmania (referred to as the Otway Basin 3D MC MSS). The survey will provide 3D data coverage and improved subsurface imaging to provide an improved understanding of the subsurface, which to-date has been limited to sparse 2D coverage.

The Operational Area (OA) represents where all activities managed under the EP will occur and includes the Acquisition Area (AA). The OA is located ~38 km from land at the closest point. The AA lies within the OA and is where seismic acquisition will occur. Smaller discrete surveys will be acquired within the AA which covers ~45,000 km2; however, this entire area will not be surveyed. Water depths range from 510 m to 5,650 m.

The TGS Otway Basin 3D MC MSS will also include a ‘tie-in’ to existing geophysical data from previously drilled wells. One tie-line will extend onto the continental shelf; however, this tie-line represents a few hours of active source time in shallower waters. At the shallowest point, the tie-line is in a water depth of approximately 115 m and additional control measures will be implemented for this.

The TGS Otway Basin 3D MC MSS will commence following regulatory approval and will be completed by 30 September 2027. The maximum acquisition during any calendar year is 200 days or 8,000 km2 (whichever is reached first) with a maximum of 400 days or 15,000 km2 (whichever is reached first) over the duration of the EP; however, due to temporal controls for managing impacts to various environmental sensitivities, the duration is likely less.

Other Details
Locations Otway
Commonwealth waters adjacent to VIC
Titles (or other instruments) NEATS Ref: 6265X5
Current Documents (Under assessment)
EP Document

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Titleholder Report

Previous EP Documents (Open for comment)
EP Document

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