Moharir (left) with Alharji

Africa Geophysical Services will use STRYDE’s nimble and compact systems to obtain better high-definition images for oil and gas exploration across several projects


Oman-based Africa Geophysical Services has signed a deal with STRYDE, a pioneering seismic technology provider, to secure 154,000 seismic nodes for oil and gas exploration projects in Oman and Africa.

This is STRYDE’s largest deal yet, doubling its market share in seismic nodal acquisition.

For its project in Oman, African Geophysical Services will use the highest ever number of nodes in seismic acquisition in the Middle East for any one project, demonstrating that nodes are becoming the system of preference for acquiring high-definition images of the subsurface no matter the environmental conditions or size of survey.

Nodes enable oil and gas businesses to maximise reservoir utilisation, more cost effectively and with minimal environmental impact.

Africa Geophysical Services, which has a presence in Oman, India, Tanzania, Egypt, Dubai, Uganda, Turkey and the UK, will use STRYDE’s nodes, expertise and training services to obtain data for oil and gas exploration projects in Oman and Africa.

The project is due to commence later this year, utilising high density acquisition for superior subsurface imaging.

Around 130,000 nodes will be deployed via STRYDE’s Compact system, which offers rapid, high-volume charging and data download.

Provision of such high numbers of seismic inventory like this is made possible by the cost effectiveness and efficiency of the STRYDE system. To handle such large inventory in the field, the Compact system will enable up to 13,000 nodes to be prepared in a 24-hour period.

And once out in the field, a greater number of nodes can be deployed in a survey, at a lower cost, with less resources but more speed, reducing both the environmental impact of seismic imaging and the health and safety risk.

Deploying more nodes creates higher trace density, which produces a much higher definition picture of what lies beneath the ground, enabling oil and gas companies to maximise their existing reservoirs.

Mike Popham, the CEO of STRYDE said: "The oil and gas industry is starting to recognise that high-density seismic imaging is the only option to fully unlock the true value of a reservoir. Our highly reliable nodes, which can be quickly deployed in their tens of thousands, with minimal impact on the environment, offers exactly this; a much better picture for far better returns on reservoirs."

Salim Ajib Alhajri, Chairman, Africa Geophysical Services, said: "This agreement represents a significant moment for both AGS and our customers. Working with the latest acquisition technology we realise our crews can be more efficient, safer and deliver better quality data to our customers, allowing them to radically improve their geological understanding."

He said: "And beyond these initial projects for which we intend to use STRYDE’s nodes, we will offer the same high end acquisition capabilities to our clients who need to obtain high-definition seismic imaging in even more challenging terrains, such as urban areas, forests or in mountain ranges utilizing predominantly local Omani content. We are really looking forward to getting started and delivering the very best results for our clients in Oman, Africa and around the world."

With almost 400,000 STRYDE Nodes deployed or purchased globally, STRYDE is helping customers around the globe to acquire an unparalleled understanding of the subsurface.