Peru - Explorers Guide

Peru Prospectivity

Offshore Peru already has a proven prolific oil play and prospectivity within multiple basins containing both thick reservoir seal pairs and a rich array of structural traps, yet offshore Peru remains dramatically under-explored.

Hydrocarbon fields both on and offshore along the north coast in the Tumbes-Progreso and Talara extensional basins currently contribute over 1.8 billion barrels of domestic oil production. To the south of these producing fields lie 5 additional offshore basins where little to no exploration activity has been undertaken to date.

With only 4 exploration wells, the Trujillo and Salaverry Basins have proven source and the Lobos-1 and Morsa North-1 exploration wells encountered significant oil shows during drilling. Hydrocarbon samples recovered from natural slicks on the sea surface demonstrate the existence and veracity of active petroleum systems within these basins. Numerous large undrilled structures in a variety of trap types have been identified on legacy seismic data that has been recently rectified by Searcher.

The Lima and Pisco basins are interpreted as strike slip (pull-apart) basins with significant extensional horst and graben structures present. Geological and geophysical studies carried out on just under 50 samples collected for geochemical analysis indicate that the Carboniferous Ambo Group is likely to be one of the main source rocks within these basins, with Eocene and Oligocene sandstones being proven reservoirs onshore and therefore interpreted to be effective reservoirs offshore as well.

To the south, no exploration wells have been drilled to date in the Mollendo basin. This frontier basin comprises a long narrow forearc basin located mostly on the continental slope. Asphalt layers encountered onshore in Lower and Middle Jurassic formations indicate the presence of potential source rocks which extend offshore. Even with limitations of the available offset information multiple leads have been identified on Searcher’s rectified seismic dataset, suggesting that the Mollendo Basin may yet prove to be the dark horse of Peruvian exploration.


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Screen offshore Peru with OpenSeis 2D & 3D on sAIsmic

The Offshore Peru Rectified 2D & 3D Seismic consists of both 2D and 3D vintage seismic data which has been rectified with Searcher’s proprietary post-stack reprocessing method. The post-stack reprocessing rectifies navigation, metadata, amplitude, phase and time to create a contiguous database that can be easily loaded into any interpretation software. The data package comprises of approximately 44,300 km of 2D and 15,500 sq km of 3D seismic data along the coast of Peru and consists of 19 rectified and merged 2D seismic surveys and 21 rectified and merged 3D seismic surveys.

The regional Peru Rectified 2D and 3D Seismic provides a much-improved, consistent, regional grid covering the offshore basins of Peru, with multiple vintages tying as many wells, leads and prospects as possible.

The Peru Rectified 2D and 3D Seismic  is loaded and hosted on Searcher’s multi-client platform, sAIsmic, for consistent and instant online access for explorers. Saismic is a transformative web-based platform that offers seismic Data as a Service (DaaS) with support for deep learning and advanced analytics. The Saismic GIS web portal has traditional functionalities of ingestion, online viewing and export to SEGY functions and offers a global collection of rectified open-file seismic data. The Peru OpenSeis dataset is available now.

Offshore Peru Data Library

Searcher, in partnership with PeruPetro, are offering the industry three multi-client datasets. The Offshore Peru Data Library provides an excellent regional framework across the offshore basins including those with proven prolific oil propspectivity and those that remain dramatically underexplored. This dataset provides exploration companies the best value proposition for both preliminary and ongoing evaluations.

The Offshore Peru Data Library comprised of three multi-client datasets:

Huayno 2D Pre-Stack Reprocessing

Offshore Peru Rectified 2D &3D Seismic

Offshore Peru Conditioned Well Data Package and Well Atlas – Complied by Discover Geoscience

Offshore Peru has proven hydrocarbon systems and strong evidence of significant untapped hydrocarbon potential. The Searcher data library provides a consistent regional dataset that can be leveraged to gain a comprehensive understanding of the basins, geology, plays and ultimately build up a leads inventory within these basins, making the datasets an essential tool for unlocking the massive hydrocarbon potential of offshore Peru.

Onshore Peru Data Library

Searcher has released a new Onshore Peru Campaign, in collaboration with PeruPetro S.A. 2D & 3D Seismic Rectification and a Well Atlas including post-drill analysis will provide a renewed and enhanced dataset to support future bid rounds, regional evaluations and due diligence of existing commercial opportunities.

The Onshore Peru 2D & 3D Rectification consists of both 2D and 3D vintage seismic data which has been rectified with Searcher’s proprietary post-stack reprocessing method. The post-stack reprocessing rectifies navigation, metadata, amplitude, phase and time to create a contiguous database that can be easily loaded into any interpretation software. The dataset is comprised of approximately 104,500 km of 2D and over 7,000 sq. km of 3D rectified seismic surveys.

From an initial delivery of at least 400 exploration wells, a subset will be selected for the Onshore Peru Well Atlas. Searcher’s G&G team, Discover Geoscience, will undertake a post-drill well analysis of key exploration/appraisal wells across basins to complement the onshore seismic database. The horizons will be remapped, wells reanalysed, and detailed risk assessment undertaken to create a modern well atlas.

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Explore further with Searcher's G&G team - Discover Geoscience

Searcher G&G team, Discover Geoscience, are petroleum subsurface consultancy which provides expert subsurface assistance to the global oil and gas industry through its G&G team of highly experienced geoscientists.

As well as exclusively producing Searcher’s Offshore Peru Conditioned Well Data Package and Well Atlas, Discover Geoscience are able to assist in any exploration needs with a tailored service to evaluating client acreage and new venture activities.