This paper details a study that was completed at the end of 1999 to investigate the suitability of using existing, high quality, conventionally processed 3D seismic data (hereafter 3D data) to replace specifically commissioned 2D seismic site survey data (hereafter 2D site data). For this study, three wells from an existing dataset of six in the West Delta Deep Marine Concession, offshore Egypt (WDDM) were investigated. A prescriptive workflow was developed using the 3D data and the results compared to those obtained from a conventional previously commissioned 2D digital site survey dataset. For this dataset from WDDM, the results obtained from the 3D data and the 2D data were similar, the main difference being that more numerous, smaller probable hazards were prognosed by the 3D data. After undertaking this investigation and following an independent review of the results, a recommendation was made to operate the 2000 WDDM drilling campaign using hazard prognosis from the conventional 3D data, i.e. not to acquire well-specific, new digital site surveys. This recommendation was followed and five exploration wells were drilled in 2000 with no specific, digital site survey data being acquired.No safety, operational or environmental implications were encountered as a result of this replacement and significant operational savings accrued to the operating partnership.

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