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National Program for Oil and Gas Prospecting

“Domestic Oil and Gas Basic Survey” project, focusing in relatively un-explored offshore area where not enough geological data have been acquired, is conducted as a pioneer survey with an aim to promote and encourage exploration and development activities of private companies in Japan. The project consists of 1) Geophysical Survey that specify and evaluate areas of geological structure where there is a possibility of finding oil and natural gas reserves and 2) Basic Test Drilling Project to observe the potential oil and natural gas reservoir. In 2019, as the “TANSA”, a 3D seismic survey vessel, has been introduced to JOGMEC, based on “the Plan for the Development of Marine Energy and Mineral Resources”, the project has been started focusing in the seas surrounding Japan as a part of 10-year term plan which will end in FY2028.

3D seismic survey vessel

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