Oil and gas exploration in South Africa, began in 1965 and since then a great volume of data have been collected and managed by the Agency. These volumes include all exploration data like seismic surveys, borehole data, technical reports and geological sample data. Numerous legacy databases and data sets were migrated into a suite of Oracle databases. The primary users of the databases are internal Geoscientists who interpret the data with the aim of marketing petroleum business opportunities to oil companies. Data is provided to potential and existing permit holders and academic institutions on request.
Having migrated all data to an integrated system, Petroleum Agency SA is able to produce various catalogues of available data within specific areas of interest. Currently, the Agency is working on enabling Internet-access to meta-data on selected databases and general information. The aim is to eventually establish portal access to the data repository where interested parties can search on and select required data.
Using industry standard software coupled with years of experience in dealing with data transcription services, we can carefully copy the data onto a variety of modern media to suit the client's needs.
The following facilities are available to preserve valuable data and prepare it for integration into today's data interpretation environments:
Tape Copy and Recovery Services
|TAPE DRIVE||MEDIA||CAPACITY NATIVE/ COMPRESSES|
|DLT 2000||DLT tape lll||10/20 GB|
|DLT 2000 XT||DLT tape lll XT||15/30 GB|
|DLT 4000||DLT lV||20/40 GB|
|DLT 7000||DLT lV||35/70 GB|
|DLT 8000||DLT lV||40/80 GB|
|SDLT320||Super DLTtape l||160/320 GB|
|LTO 2||Ultrium2||200/400 GB|
|LTO 3||Ultrium3||400/800 GB|
|IBM 3480||3480 cartridge||10/20|
|IBM 3590||3590 cartridge||10/20 GB|
|Open Reel||9-track||200 MB|
|8 mm Exabyte||8 mm cartridge||5GB/10GB|
Our current tape drive capabilities facilitate reading and writing of the following media:
Data Scanning Services
Digital Data Management
Secure Storage of Data
Data Viewing Facilities
Being the custodian of the National Petroleum Exploration and Production Database of South Africa, the Agency relies on a sustainable and effective Information Management Infrastructure in order to comply with its mandate to: