Explor is a privately held Canadian company that specializes in acquiring and owning the highest quality regional 2-D seismic data and licensing these data to oil and gas companies. Explor has been actively acquiring high quality regional seismic data in Canada since 1981. Over these decades of activity, Explor has proven to be highly capable of acquiring great data in Canada's most challenging areas. Explor has earned a reputation as a capable, ethical provider of regional seismic data to our clients, who range from small independent operators to the world's largest multi-national firms, many of whom are household names.
Explor's regional seismic data is a critical cornerstone of our clients' efforts to explore an area. Many of the seismic lines acquired by Explor are well over 200 km long, providing an unparalleled view of a prospective region that is simply not visible on a local 10 km line, or even a large 3D project. By licensing Explor's data, our clients can properly understand their own prospects, tie their prospects together across large expanses of land, and develop new play concepts from this improved, large scale understanding of the area.
By acquiring the highest quality regional exploration data, Explor ensures that the data will have the longest possible utility. In many cases, regional lines acquired by Explor have led the way to a new understanding of a region, resulting in new discoveries of oil and gas. Clients will find Explor seismic data critical for regional basin evaluations, local resource evaluations, and close calibration of local 3D and 4D projects that follow our regional effort.
Because Explor is often the first company from the oil and gas industry to set foot in a new region, it is careful to operate in a responsible manner. Explor consults closely with local communities, taking time to understand local concerns and form the relationships that lead to successful operations. Often, Explor has formalized these relationships into full partnerships with local aboriginal communities. In this way, Explor will be welcomed back and our clients will be welcomed by local communities should they decide to pursue exploration opportunities identified by Explor projects.
Explor runs with state of the art technology. Where necessary, Explor forms collaborative partnerships with only the best acquisition and processing contractors, providing it with access to the latest available technology. Explor is continually optimizing and improving the way it plans, acquires, processes, archives and delivers its data. For example, Explor was the first company to deploy digital multi-component sensing units on a regional 2D line in the Canadian frontier. Explor has deployed ring-laser gyro positioning to preserve the forest canopy in sensitive areas and limit our impact on the environment. Also as a result of our investment in technology, Explor's entire database resides on our own secure server, enabling delivery of even our largest, newest, multi-terabyte digital 3-component data volumes within hours.
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Over the past several decades, Explor has formed positive and lasting relationships with over forty different aboriginal groups within Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories. Each of these relationships is different in scope, but they are all built in an open, honest, collaborative and positive way with the aim of creating mutual benefit to Explor and to each respective aboriginal group. Explor has often provided funding for youth programs within aboriginal communities where we are active. Recent examples include Sahtu Hockey, Piikani First Nations Novice and Atom Hockey, and entering an Explor team in the Yellowknife Oldtimers Hockey Association Tournament with several of our aboriginal partners from the Sahtu region.
Government serves as the regulatory body that develops policies and is in charge of the permitting and approval processes within the federal, provincial, and territorial entities. Explor works closely with the government regulatory bodies such as the NEB, OGC, AANDC, and Environment Canada to ensure all regulations are met and exceeded during seismic operations. During regular business practices, Explor remains in good standing with all applicable regulatory agencies.
Explor works directly with many environmental non-government organizations in order to leave virtually no environmental footprints in the areas of its operations. With the help of these groups, Explor can strategize and create opportunity to maintain and in some cases, improve the environment where operations are taking place.
Explor is building closer ties with academia by sponsoring studies, supporting internships and providing scholarships. We aim to establish an academic network with whom we can share environmental data in order to apply the scientific method to enhance our understanding of the environment.
Individual consultants are Explor's eyes and ears to ongoing projects and operations. With their vast knowledge and experience, individual consultants are on site during seismic acquisition projects to ensure operations meet industry standards.
Explor is an active member of the CSEG, SEG, CAGC and EAGE, and has collaborated with CAPP on a number of industry-specific initiatives. We provide financial support and active participation in a number of industry events through good times and through downturns in our industry. These include industry conventions, the CSEG Doodlebug Golf Tournament, the Oilmen's Golf Tournament, the CSEG Ski Spree, and the CSEG Doodlespiel. For many years, Explor has made a point of hiring summer students contemplating a career in the geophysical industry.
Explor has developed many important business relationships with best-in-class service providers in our industry. These relationships allow us secure supply of goods and services at competitive rates during our industry's busy times, and they provide our industry partners with some measure of security of demand during industry downturns.
Community at Large
Explor donates a large amount of money to charity every year, even through industry downturns. Recent charitable donations include the Alberta Children's Hospital, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canmore Museum and Geoscience Centre.