The international company for acquisition and processing of marine geophysical data Shearwater completed on behalf of ELPE, the second marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the North Ionian Sea. This research project is a continuation of the research completed at the beginning of February 2022 in the Southern Ionian.
The aim of the research, which was to assess the size of the country’s potential gas reserves, comes at a critical time when energy costs are rising globally and we are focusing on strategic security of supply issues. The next step in the process is to process the collected data in order to analyze and evaluate it. The quality and speed of implementation of the next works are a priority in order to mature the relevant investment decisions for the specific areas.
Mr. Aristophanes StefatosCEO of EDEY, the company responsible for supervising the development of the Hydrocarbon Research and Production sector in Greece – welcomed the completion of the seismic surveys, stating: measures to protect the environment and marine life that not only meet but exceed established international standards to minimize the impact and maximize the monitoring and protection of marine life. “Shearwater, which is an example of how we can build successful partnerships with investors and technical experts to meet two equally important priorities: enhancing the security of our energy supply, while protecting the environment and the natural beauty of our country.”
Mr. Rikard ScoufiasPresident of EDEY SA, commented: “I congratulate all parties involved for the completion of the second round of offshore exploration. This progress represents important steps towards the utilization of natural gas resources in Greece and marks an important step to further strengthen security. supply and utilization of the strategic strategic developments that in recent years have made Greece an important energy protagonist in the region and Europe “.
Field of research: Ionian Sea, Ionian Block, area 6. 671 km2, Administrator: Hellenic Petroleum
Environmental protection measures implemented:
Use the “soft start” protocol to ensure that marine mammals can be temporarily removed from the geophysical survey area before starting
– Doubling of marine mammal observers on board seismic surveillance to ensure the protection of cetaceans and other marine life within the safety zone
– Doubling the radius of the safety belt up to 1.5 km around the ship that carried out the seismic surveys in case of detection of large marine animals
– Waiting period of 30 minutes before the start and cessation of each research activity
– Passive acoustic monitoring of underwater sounds for the measurement of sea noise levels and the detection of marine mammals.
Application of a 1 km exclusion zone around “Natura” areas as well as fish farms.
Land and air monitoring of cetaceans during and after surveys.
– Environmental monitoring of wildlife sanctuaries, including telemetry monitoring of loggerhead turtles with GPS tracking devices.
– Full compliance with all applicable regulations and guidelines in accordance with MARPOL VI and ACCOBAMS conventions and JNCC guidelines.