The work will be carried out through the firm’s Ardiseis joint venture with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa). Work is scheduled to start early in 2009 and should be completed by the first quarter of 2011.

The French firm says the extension will double its capacity, making it the largest high resolution seismic operation in Oman.

PDO, which produces more than 80 per cent of the sultanate’s oil, is expecting to increase in output by 2010 as its enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects come on stream.

The Omani government owns 60 per cent of PDO, while the UK/Dutch Shell Group has a 34 per cent interest. France’s Total and Partex hold the remainder.

In August, CGG Veritas won a $140m deal from Qatar Petroleum for a 3D seismic survey of the ageing Dukhan oil and gas field (MEED 26:9:08).