Arab Geophysical Exploration Services Company (AGESCO)
was established in 1986 as a joint venture between the Arab Petroleum
Services Company (APSC), the National Oil Corporation of Libya (NOC),
the Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (APICORP) and Geosource.
Geosource shares (purchased later by HGS) were bought by the other
owners in 2008.
AGESCO’s main offices are in Tripoli and are
located on Suani Road, Sidi Mousa Street.
The Company is headed by a General Manager reporting to a Board of
Directors. The Company’s Tripoli Offices are the headquarters
of the Operations, Accounting and Personnel Departments with a Warehouse
Section and a Central Workshop. The Company buildings include a dormitory
section and a kitchen/diner.
Personnel and equipment
Employing a multi-national experienced technical staff
and using most up to-date equipment, AGESCO with its
many years of 2D and 3D seismic data acquisition experience can offer
and other geophysical data acquisition services. AGESCO’s list
of clients includes most national and foreign oil companies
operating in Libya.
AGESCO firmly believes that personnel are its most
valuable asset. Currently, AGESCO employs nationals from Libya, Canada,
Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Syria, Irak,
Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Pakistan and India. All our personnel have
been exposed to many years in the developing seismic industry, offering
a diverse range of ideas and solutions, in which we can provide our
customers with a service driven by expertise.
At present, AGESCO owns and operates two fully equipped
3D deep desert seismic crews. Each of the two crews is equipped with
8,000 field channels and a Sercel 428 XL telemetric recording system with
corresponding line equipment. The Sercel recorders use the latest Sercel developed
software which includes real time seismic data QC on a stand alone
eSQC-Pro HCI Sun workstation. Each of the recording crews is also equipped
with an independent Sandwich Box Vibrator Test System and Testif-I
instrument and source analysis software.
Each of the two crews is equipped with twelve 62,000
lb peak force SERCEL NOMAD 65 vibrators. All vibrators are equipped
with Sercel VE-464 vibrator electronics.
Field surveying operations
are carried out using C-NAV 2050M dual frequency Starfire GPS receivers.
Each crew is equipped with seven rovers. The crews are equipped with
the most update processing, mapping and imaging software.
Uphole drilling operations are carried out with four
Massenza Model M.I.9S Top Drive hydraulic air/water drills, 1000 feet
capability and two Failing CFD-1B air/water drill rigs 1000 feet capability.
They are complemented by four Atlas Copco Model XRS 396CD 17 Bar 830
CFM, truck mounted compressors, with hammer jacks to deal with the
particularly hard subsurface layers. Each drill unit comes with two
14,000 litre 6x6 water trucks. OYO McSeis SX 24 digital recorders are
used to record and save uphole data on diskettes.
Each of the two 3D crews has its own QC Office trailer
equipped with the latest version of Geocluster® /Geoland® 2D/3D
full processing and QC software. 3D statics computation software developed
by Seismic Image Software (SIS) for the exclusive use of AGESCO is
on use on both crews.
Our HSE-MS is a standard oilfield model based on the
OGP guidelines. It begins with our policy statements, thus allowing
us to clearly identify our requirements. Each AGESCO 3D crew has its
own HSE department with a fully equipped clinic, trained doctors and
a fully equipped Landrover 4x4 Ambulance.
Each crew is equipped with thirty two Toyota Landcruiser
4x4 vehicles, ten Mercedes Unimog 4x4 cable trucks, four Mercedes
Model 1017 4x4 personnel carrier trucks and twelve 6x6 trucks and tractors.
The trailers on both crews are in very good shape and as new.
Two new 410 KVA twin camp generator trailers with electrical distribution
systems as well as two front loaders 5 cubic meters bucket capacity
were purchased recently for both crews. The mechanical shape of the
vehicles and trailers of both crews should allow them access and operation
in the most remote and inaccessible areas of the Sahara desert.
AGESCO crews have been during year 2008, supplied
with twenty-four new Toyota Landcruiser 4x4 vehicles.
Field to Field and field to Tripoli communications are maintained
using V-Sat systems with possibility of e-mail, VOIP, and modern VHF
and SSB radios. All field vehicles are fitted with new Motorola VHF
radios for voice as well as data transmission between recorder and
vibrators. All crew vehicles, including the long haul ones, are fitted
with GPS based vehicle tracking systems monitored via satellite on
each crew and by Tripoli base.
Technical and Logistic support
AGESCO operates a well stocked and organized and fully
computerized warehouse adequately staffed with capable spare parts
men. AGESCO cargo and freezer trucks keep the field crews well supplied
with spare parts, dry goods, meat and fresh vegetables. Our fuel and
water tankers transport the required amounts of diesel and drinking
water to the crew camp sites.
In addition to the workshop departments on the seismic
crews, the Company has a Central Mechanical Workshop
in Tripoli which undertakes the rebuilding of engines, transmissions,
and major truck refurbishing work. These sensitive operations
are conducted by highly skilled mechanics.
The Trailer Building section in Tripoli builds new
trailers as well as carries out major repairs and
refurbishing of the field crews trailers.
Since its inauguration in November 2005 and till end of year 2008,
The Processing Center carried out 2D and 3D seismic data processing
for most National and Foreign Oil Companies operating in Libya.
Besides tape transcription services (from 9 track 1/2" tapes
as well as from 3480 & 3490 cartridges onto 3490 and 3590 cartridges,
8mm Exabyte tapes and DLT, LTO and Shuttle X hard disks), map and
seismic sections scanning and log digitization and vectorisation
services are also available.