CSA Ocean Sciences Opens New Office in Suriname

October 12th, 2022

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA), an international marine environmental consultancy, has opened a new corporate office in Suriname to help meet the growing demand for expert marine environmental, geophysical, and geotechnical services in Latin America, most notably from the offshore energy sector amid increased exploration and drilling activity in the Guyana-Suriname basin.

To date, CSA has successfully completed over 100 multidisciplinary projects in the region, 60 in Suriname alone, all designed to equip offshore energy developers with scientifically robust marine survey analysis and local mitigation guidance throughout the exploration and production (E&P) life cycle, from pre-exploration permitting and environmental baseline surveys (EBSs) to post-drill environmental and social impact assessments (ESIAs). The move to establish a brick-and-mortar presence in Suriname follows CSA’s most recent environmental assessment program offshore Suriname, much of which was supported by the company’s long-established Trinidad and Tobago office.

The Suriname office, located in the capital city of Paramaribo and managed by Mr. Dennis Rusland, previously of the Institute for Green Economy in Suriname, will provide clients with the full range of specialist resources offered at each of CSA’s other international hubs, including the company’s operational headquarters in Stuart, Florida. As well as ESIAs and EBSs, CSA will offer deep ocean geospatial survey and analysis, E&P risk and compliance management, and spill response services, all supported by expert survey personnel, as well as Marine Fauna Observers (MFOs) and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) professionals. A comprehensive catalog of equipment and instrumentation designed for deep-sea exploration on the continental and outer continental shelf will also be maintained.

“We are delighted to announce this important milestone in CSA’s continued expansion into Latin America,” said CSA CEO Kevin Peterson. “Over many years of working in Suriname and collaborating with Mr. Rusland, CSA has acquired a detailed and intimate understanding of both the permitting requirements and operating regulations that govern offshore development in the region. By establishing a more permanent presence in the country with rapidly deployable teams and technologies on the ground, I am confident that CSA’s extensive in-field experience of delivering best-in-class marine survey services will translate into further data-led operational efficiencies for the Surinamese oil and gas industry.”