THE SEISMIC SURVEY PROJECT
Between 2019 and 2020, the company initiated and concluded the first phase of the hydrocarbon exploration project
The activity has been executed specifically to combine the survey with the peculiarities of the territory involved.
The project adopts a non-invasive scientific method, with vibroseis of low vibrations that generates elastic waves, captured by sensors (called wireless geophones) as large as an orange, placed on the ground. In this way, the image of the geological structure of the subsoil is generated, through mapping.
The Sites of Community Importance, Rete Natura 2000 sites, properties far away from cities under constraint due to their cultural importance and the areas crossed by rivers or streams have been completely excluded from the activities.
Moreover, the residential areas and UNESCO sites have not been affected by vibration emission. Finally, all the activities took place tens of km far from the sea.
Maurel & Prom Italia has adopted the values of landscape and cultural heritage preservation, environmental health, biodiversity conservation in the area. Every day, they are totally respected with care and professionalism during all the activities phases.
The exploration activities concern an area of about 660 km², as mentioned above. For this reason, it has been necessary to proceed with the identification of the land suitable for the activities and their owners through a map, which represents the product of several instruments.
For this phase of gathering information – called “permitting” in this project – the G.I.S. (Geographic Information System) technology has been used, allowing data from different sources to be brought together in a single territorial analysis project.
The data, divided into layers, have been analysed and crossed in order to create a final image of their geographical position on the earth’s surface. The comparison of the map of the lands under investigation with cadastral data has made possible to identify and reach a large number of parties concerned, but not all. A direct action in the territory, almost door to door, made of word of mouth and direct connections, has helped the aforementioned work. The team devoted to this very important phase of the project has been able to trace back to about 6000 landowners, who, upon their consent, soon would have accepted the passage on their properties of Maurel & Prom Italia technicians and vehicles.
The total safety of operations without an invasive impact was showed with a descriptive video (available at italiamp.com) and with some demonstrations.
Moreover, to increase the protection of the owners, the Company has delivered a complete information sheet containing a chart, in the event of damage, with the possible compensations elaborated by a team of expert agronomists of the territory with the cooperation of the competent authority.
It has been a huge work achieving excellent outcomes, reinforced by the consent to the Seismic Survey gave by all the interested parties.
No installation of permanent instruments
Specialized technical personnel
Continuous monitoring of operations
In particular, it is possible to observe the geological layers of the subsoil, fundamental for the hydrocarbons exploration.
This type of information is of great interest, delivered to the competent authorities of Sicily Region.