Haftkel – Nafte Sefid 3D Seismic Data Acquisition Project

Geophysical Services

Dana Energy’s Haftkel project officially started in 2023 and stands out as one of our notable 3D seismic data acquisition projects. Covering 2,250 sq. km in Khuzestan province, our goal is to acquire complementary 3D seismic data for the Haftkel field and to identify the relationship between Haftkel, Nafte Sefid, and other prospect fields. Challenges encountered during this project include the presence of a protected environmental zone and residential areas. However, these challenges are effectively addressed through proficient joint efforts and collaboration.

  • Location Haftkel, Khuzestan
  • Start Date Nov 2022
  • End Date Ongoing

The 3D Seismic data acquisition of Haftkel-Nafte Sefid which was assigned to Dana Energy by the National Iranian Oil Company – Exploration Directorate in November 2022 for the implementation of the operation to the geophysical services business of Dana Energy, the operational scope of the project is approximately 2,250 square kilometers. It is located in the cities of Ramhormoz, Haftkel, Shushtar, Bavi, Masjid Suleiman, and Bagh Malek of Khuzestan province. Seismic data acquisition of the project will be done in 3D in order to identify and develop Haftkel and Nafte Sefid oilfields, with a number of 181,456 shots.

The National Iranian Oil Company – Exploration Directorate assigned the 3D seismic data acquisition project of Haftkel-Nafte Sefid to Dana Energy in November 2022. The project has an operational scope of approximately 2,250 square kilometers and is located in the cities of Ramhormoz, Haftkel, Shushtar, Bavi, Masjid Suleiman, and Bagh Malek in Khuzestan province. The seismic data acquisition for the project will be conducted in 3D format, with the primary goal of identifying and developing the mentioned fields, requiring a total of 181,456 shots.

In terms of topography, the operational scope of the project can be categorized into three distinct sections: 35% mountainous, 31% semi-mountainous, and 34% flat and plain land. Furthermore, with regard to land use, approximately 31% of the project area is devoted to agricultural purposes, predominantly rainfed agriculture. Additionally, 13% of the operational area of the project is situated within the Koraei protected area.

According to the geographical conditions of the project, the acquisition of seismic data will be carried out with two energy source methods:

  • Vibrator with an approximate number of 50 thousand points
  • Dynamite with an approximate number of 131 thousand points


The duration of this project is a total of 36 months.

Haftkel project encompasses numerous cities and villages characterized by their rich ethnic and cultural diversity. It is noteworthy that three prominent Iranian tribes, namely the Tutif Arabs in the southern region, the Qashqai Turkic tribe in the central area, and the Lor Bakhtiari tribe in the northern part, contribute to the project’s unique fabric. Each tribe possesses distinct cultural practices and preferences, making beneficiary management a critical and significant undertaking. Consequently, the project team, drawing upon their positive past experiences and upholding their social responsibility, has carefully devised practical solutions to address the various aspects of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

One of the challenges we will face during this project is the fact that the city of Haftkel, along with various villages within its territory, is completely located within the project area. This poses a limitation on collecting three-dimensional seismic data in residential areas, which will challenge the preservation of data quality and requires us to devise innovative solutions.

Effective beneficiary management, social responsibility, and meticulous risk management are pivotal factors driving the progress of this project.

Alireza Abedlou, Project Manager

Adherence to safety, health, and environmental (HSE) standards is a paramount policy within the project. The project’s HSE team has implemented comprehensive processes and practical solutions to ensure compliance. Regular training sessions are conducted upon recruitment and throughout the project duration, with continuous monitoring of daily activities. Various incentive mechanisms are utilized to maintain safety and health standards. The presence of an environmentally protected area within the project further amplifies the significance of complying with environmental regulations and laws.

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