Barents Sea News

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Photo: Johan Castberg Anchor System Installation Underway

Norwegian offshore vessel contractor Island Offshore has shared photos of what it says is one of the most comprehensive anchoring projects globally in 2020 - the installation of an anchor system for Equinor's Johan Castberg project in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway."An anchor system of enormous dimensions is currently being deployed at the oilfield, and Island Victory [installation vessel] is chartered for the job. This is one of the most comprehensive anchoring projects globally in 2020; preparing for the arrival of a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) which will be

Photo: Fugro

Fugro Mapping Arctic Waters off Norway

will collect high-resolution, high-density multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom data to produce seamless datasets for the Norwegian mapping program. The fieldwork will run from June to late October this year.The survey area covers approximately 2,700 km2 over Spitsbergenbanken, a large bank in the Barents Sea, in water depths ranging from 30 m to 500 m. Fugro said it will use state-of-the-art-sensors, advanced calibration techniques and oceanographic measurement workflows designed for acquiring vital Geo-data in this challenging environment.During the survey campaign, Fugro will continue its ongoing

Island Offshore took delivery of Island Victory, a new offshore installation vessel, at VARD Langsten today. Photo: Island Offshore/ Droneinfo

Offshore Installation Ship Island Victory Delivered

Island Offshore took delivery of Island Victory, a new offshore installation vessel, at VARD Langsten today (Friday, February 7, 2020).Upon delivery the vessel will head straight into operation, spending a couple of weeks in the spot market, before commencing a series of contracts – in the Barents Sea and the Gulf of Mexico – securing work for the vessel potentially throughout October this year.“We experience great interest for this vessel,” said Tommy Walaunet, Managing Director, Island Offshore Management AS. “Having jobs lined up in coming months, confirms this and

Dr Phil Anderson and his kayak. Photo from SAMS.

@ SAMS, Science + Autonomy = Answers

seasonal sea ice coverage isn’t that well understood.That’s because monitoring arctic areas during cold dark winters isn’t easy, so data is sparse and usually only obtained in summer. In 2018, SAMS was part of a group that looked to change that. It went into the Norwegian arctic Barents Sea in January (24-hour darkness), April and July (24-hour daylight) - something no one had done in that area in a single year - to gather data on cruises using research vessels (the University of Tromsø’s Helmer Hanssen and British Antarctic Survey’s RRS James Clark Ross). To fill

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Greater Castberg Survey Wraps Up

Marine geoscience companies CGG and TGS announced they have completed a 5,000 square kilometers multi-client 3D survey in the highly prospective Greater Castberg area in the Barents Sea offshore Norway.The survey commenced in the second quarter of 2019 and covered existing and newly awarded licenses in addition to open acreage with several play models in multiple geological layers.The acquisition configuration included an industry-first ultra-wide source separation of 300 meters, CGG said.The company said its TopSeis acquisition and imaging technology, which combines a source-over-spread configuration

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iSURVEY Scores Lundin Norway Contract

Survey and positioning services provider iSURVEY informs it has been awarded a contract to  perform a drilling hazard survey campaign in the North Sea and in the Barents Sea, on behalf of Lundin Norway.Work commences in June, with a seabed geological survey and continues with the series of drilling hazard surveys, which are planned to continue into the autumn.The Norwegian-headquartered surveyor called the contract one of its most significant to date.

Atlantic Guardian (Photo: EMGS)

EMGS Kicks Off Barents Sea Survey

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) announced Thursday it has entered into an agreement for a fully prefunded multiclient 3D controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey in the Norwegian Barents Sea.The contract has a value of $1.25 million, EMGS said.The company said it will mobilize the vessel Atlantic Guardian for the survey, which is expected to be executed in the second quarter of 2019.

Near the Bear Island, in the Svalbard archipelago, the INBIS channel kept its unique submarine relief during the Last Glacial Maximum (image: José Luis Casamor (GRC Marine Geosciences /University of Barcelona)

Researchers Study Unique Arctic Channel

A scientific study describes for the first time the submarine cartography of a high-latitude system in a channel covers tens of kilometers in the northern western area of the Barents Sea, in the Arctic Ocean. The Interfan Bear Island and Storfjorden (IBIS) channel is one of the few submarine valleys in polar latitudes that kept its geological architecture during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), according to the new study published in the journal Arktos – The Journal of Arctic Geosciences.Terra incognita: discovering the planet’s sea floorsMany unknown landscapes in our planet are under

MacArtney MERMAC R40 AHC Winch (Image: MacArtney)

MacArtney Equips North Sea Cable Layer

A specialized winch system aboard the ASN Ile de Class cable laying vessel will facilitate the laying of seismic cables on the seabed of the Johan Castberg oilfield in the Barents Sea for Equinor’s new permanent reservoir monitoring system.MacArtney’s MERMAC R40 active heave compensated (AHC) winch purchased by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of the Nokia Corporation, will be utilized aboard the vessel in the laying of seismic cabling and sensors that will be permanently deployed on the Barents’ seabed to enable more frequent and improved 4D seismic interpretation of the

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EMGS Confirms Equinor Data Contract

Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) said it has entered into final contracts with Equinor for a range of seismic data across the Norwegian continental shelf.The final deal includes both licensing of Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea and North Sea data from EMGS’s existing multi-client library, as well as prefunding for a new multi-client acquisition in the North Sea.Of the combined gross contract value of approximately $8 million, the EMGS said it expects to recognize approximately $7 million of revenue in the first quarter of 2019.CEO of EMGS, Bjørn Petter Lindhom, said, “EMGS is very

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