CGGVeritas Deploys SeisMovie Monitoring Solution for Heavy Oil Production

Calgary, 30 October 2009

CGGVeritas has announced the successful completion of the acquisition phase of a first continuous land 3D SeisMovie™ project conducted for Shell Canada in the Peace River region, Alberta, Canada. The project is a joint technology trial with Shell Canada; data acquisition spanned 90 days of continuous operations and was completed with Zero HSE Incidents.

SeisMovie is a patented* reservoir monitoring technology that is particularly applicable to steam-assisted heavy oil production. On this project, multiple permanently buried SeisMovie sources were continuously and simultaneously activated over a period of three months to collect up to 1 TB of raw data daily. After real-time in-field automatic processing, a daily stack was produced. These data are currently being analyzed, in a collaborative effort between Shell and CGGVeritas, to extract a time-lapse reservoir signal.

Jean-Jacques Postel, Executive Vice President, Land Acquisition Product Line, CGGVeritas, said: "SeisMovie is the only 4D seismic acquisition solution of its kind in the world.  Its deployment enables companies to effectively monitor reservoir changes over long periods of time while minimizing human intervention and environmental impact.  It is a safe, long-term solution for autonomous real-time monitoring of reservoirs. SeisMovie offers our clients the ability to see and utilize time-lapse effects to better understand the evolution of reservoir production and ultimately enhance recovery rates."

*patent rights jointly owned by CGGVeritas, IFP and GDF SUEZ

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CGGVeritas ( is a leading international pure-play geophysical company delivering a wide range of technologies, services and equipment through Sercel, to its broad base of customers mainly throughout the global oil and gas industry.

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