From basin analysis, through play identification and lead generation, to prospect analysis and risking, we tailor our services to meet the needs of oil company exploration teams. Building on regional geological knowledge honed from our comprehensive data library, PGS  workflows provide a unique understanding of prospectivity, to reduce exploration risk.

PGS provides advice on technical and managerial aspects of exploration activities, including geological, geophysical, and data management services.

Regional, Basin and Play Analysis

Deepwater Miocene channel systems within the Congo MegaSurvey.Deepwater Miocene channel systems within the Congo MegaSurvey

Access to our large data library of broadband and conventional seismic data has allowed PGS interpretation teams to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the offshore oil basins of the world that we draw upon in our regional datasets, studies, and fully integrated interpretation services.

We apply this knowledge to our client’s data to provide insights into their acreage. Regional and basin-scale products serve as the basis for tailored exploration projects.

Our regional knowledge is derived from information on plate tectonics, gravity, and magnetic data, as well as regional geology.

Combining analysis of the structure, source, and seal characteristics of a reservoir as well as the distribution, we are able to evaluate the potential of a basin. Sedimentological environment studies, provenance area assessment, and hydrocarbon generation potential are also examined to fully evaluate a prospect and minimize risk in the exploration processes.

Leads & Prospect Analysis


PGS GeoStreamer pre-stack seismic attributes for lead and prospect analysis over the HVG2013 dataset,  Halten Terrace.
GeoStreamer prestack seismic attributes for lead and prospect analysis over a dataset from Halten Terrace

Our extensive track record in prospectivity analysis covers both the PGS data library and client data. Lead and prospect-scale studies provide a rigorous assessment of potential hydrocarbon volumes and their associated risks.

Resource Evaluation & Risking

Hydrocarbon probability attributes shown for GRVLIN2012 dataset from the Viking Graben.
Hydrocarbon probability attributes shown for a dataset from the Viking Graben

PGS experts provide independent resource evaluations and risking, from semi-regional to block level. We assist exploration companies in minimizing risk: quantifying resources by integrating seismic interpretation, attribute analysis, geological and well data, and correctly estimating resources and the exploration potential and risks (trap, source, seal, and reservoir).

Resource quantification and risking follow well-known and respected industry guidelines.