SINGAPORE’S Nordic Maritime will team with Russia’s Sovcomflot Group, also known as SCF, in carrying out a US$23.5 million offshore seismic contract for Cairn India.

Nordic will provide 3D marine seismic data acquisition and processing services off the coast of Andhra Pradesh, off India’s east coast, starting on 15 March.

SCF is to provide eight-streamer seismic survey vessel the Vyacheslav Tikhonov, based on the X-bow Ulstein design from Norway, to carry out the survey.

The Vyacheslav Tikhonov will survey approximately 1,000 sq km of ocean bed. The project will also include the acquisition of gravity and magnetic data alongside the seismic data near Nizamapatnam Bay.

To support the 3D data acquisition program, Nordic and SCF Geo will charter and mobilise a supply ship and 10 chase vessels locally from Indian owners.

The vessel will depart from the Port of Kakinada and is expected to cover a total area of 102,300 hectares during the three-month project.

Nordic Maritime chief executive Kjell Gauksheim said he was excited by the contract award.
“We are pleased to be entrusted with it and we will perform as always to our established high standards,” he said.

“We believe there are more opportunities like this in the region and we are open to more contracts of this sort in future.”