Under the terms of the KD22.4m ($83m) contract, the firm will carry out a range of complex geophysical studies to determine the potential for hydrocarbons discoveries in the state’s existing and undiscovered fields.

3D seismic involves the acquisition, processing and appraisal of a range of different data by conducting various imaging techniques that can draw a picture of what lies below the ground. This can help geologists determine the points where exploratory drilling is most likely to be successful.

WesternGeco won a similar contract in 2006 using its proprietary Q-Reservoir technology (MEED 27:10:06).

The client for both contracts is state upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).