Client: Searcher Geodata UK Limited

Searcher - Proposed Multi-Client Speculative 2D and 3D Seismic Survey Programme off the West and South-West Coasts of South Africa

August 10, 2021

Searcher Geodata UK Limited (“Searcher”) has applied to the Petroleum Agency of South Africa (PASA) for a Reconnaissance Permit in terms of Section 74 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (No. 28 of 2002) (MPRDA). The application provides for the undertaking of a multi-client speculative two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) seismic survey programme over a number of petroleum licence blocks off the West and South-West Coasts of South Africa.

Searcher proposes to undertake either a 2D or a 3D seismic survey or a combination thereof, acquired back-to-back, over the2021 / 2022 Austral Summer.

  • The proposed 2D survey would have a total cumulative length of up to approximately 22 014 km within the Reconnaissance Permit application area.
  • The proposed 3D seismic survey would only cover an area of up to approximately 10 000 km2 within an area of interest situated roughly between the Orange River mouth and Cape Columbine in water depths beyond approximately 2000 m within the Reconnaissance Permit application area.

SLR Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd (SLR) has been appointed as the independent environmental assessment practitioner to prepare an EMP for the proposed seismic survey operations.


Name: Nicholas Arnott
Telephone: +27 21 461 1118


Notice is hereby given of the opportunity to register as an interested and/or affected party (I&AP) and to comment on the draft EMP prepared for the proposed project. The draft EMP has been made available for a 30-day review and comment period from 10 August to 9 September 2021. The full report is available for download below.

As such, should you or your organisation wish to register as an I&AP, require additional information and/or wish to comment on the proposed project or draft EMP, please contact SLR using the details provided below. Any comments on the draft EMP should be forwarded to SLR by no later than 9 September 2021.