Durban: Sasol plans deep sea oil exploration

2014-03-28 09:35

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Cape Town - Sasol Petroleum, as part of their continued search for oil and gas will set sail of the coast off KwaZulu-Natal.

A Norwegian seismic survey ship hopes to find oil or gas revenues by sending out sound waves through the ocean floor.

According to IOL the ship will leave Durban harbour next week and will begin its two dimensional (2D) seismic survey of Sasol’s exploration area.

Sasol’s petroleum area stretches from Port Shepstone all the way to Kosi Bay.

At certain times the search will be only 25km from the coast and at other times the search may extend 400km away from the shoreline.

Depending on the weather, consultancy firm CCA Environmental suggests that the survey will take 30 to 40 days.

The ship, named the MV Princess will in addition be towing airguns and a 9km long acoustic streamer that will construct a picture of the ocean floor, where possible gas and oil may be found.

Airguns emit a number of loud noises underwater so Sasol has also provided a mammal observer within the study to determine the impact the airguns will have on marine life. The observer will record any deaths of marine life or unusual behaviour that may be result of the study.
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