The new seismic survey will cover an area of up to 30,000 km2 offshore and 23,000 km2 onshore. The contract has been awarded by ADNOC to BGP Inc., a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Company (CNPC), who are represented in the UAE by Al Masaood Oil Industry Supplies & Services Co.

H.E. Dr. Al Jaber stated:

The announcement of the world’s largest continuous 3D seismic survey, and, with it, the deployment of cutting-edge exploration technologies is an important step in realizing the full potential of Abu Dhabi’s conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources as we deliver on our 2030 smart growth strategy.

Using innovative technologies to provide survey data density up to five times that of current industry standards, the acquisition will capture high resolution 3D images of the complex subsurface structure, up to 25,000 feet below the surface.


The use of advanced technologies and methodologies will improve efficiency and reduce operational time. It will also minimize HSE risks and help mitigate the impact on marine life.

The survey is scheduled to be completed by 2024. The seismic data, from the survey results, will be analyzed by geoscientists and will be used to model potential hydrocarbon reservoirs.