Germany: Airbus Defence and Space and imaging specialist Spectrum Geo have launched a 2D seismic and seep study programme for the Porcupine Basin. The joint analysis, which comes just before the Irish Licensing Round, correlates natural oil seeps identified from radar satellites with 2D seismic data to assist hydrocarbon exploration in the region. Spectrum has reprocessed 14,000km of regional 2D seismic data, complementing preceding surveys and integrating gravity, magnetics and well data. An updated extract from the Airbus Defence and Space Global Seeps Database provides sea surface slick locations together with confidence levels based on the analysis of multi-temporal satellite radar data. Results are encouraging with a strong correlation between higher confidence slicks and seismic features.