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
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.
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.
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 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
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
CGG and TGS Partner for Greater Castberg Survey
CGG and TGS announced Monday they will conduct a 5,000 sq km survey of the Greater Castberg area in the Barents Sea.The project is supported by industry funding, and the survey will include the highly prospective Castberg area and cover existing and newly awarded licenses in addition to open acreage with several play models in multiple geological layers.The acquisition is expected to commence late second quarter of 2019 with final delivery to clients in the fourth quarter of 2020.“Greater Castberg will expand the great TGS data coverage in the Barents Sea, said Kristian Johansen, CEO, “TGS.
Inpex Wins Exploration Acreage Offshore Norway
Japan’s Inpex Corporation, through its unit Inpex Norge bagged two exploration licenses offshore Norway in Norway’s Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2018 licensing round.The PL1027is located in the western Barents Sea offshore and PL1016 is located in the northern Norwegian Sea offshore the Kingdom of Norway, it said in a statement.The annual APA licensing rounds aim to promote the further exploration of blocks in previously explored, mature areas by allowing tenders to be submitted for any acreage within predefined areas where licenses have not been awarded.The licenses provide the
NATO Uses IoT to Study the Oceans
U.S. Office of Naval Research, is using SPOT Trace-equipped drifters to conduct oceanographic studies in the Alboran Sea in the Mediterranean, between the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa.In addition, CMRE’s own studies of drift movement in the seas of the Arctic will see buoys deployed in the Barents Sea, and further into Arctic waters, in Summer 2019.“The maritime areas in the High North are the new frontier for oceanographic study and more research is crucial. In particular, with polar ice decreasing, we need to understand how Arctic ocean life will be impacted,” said Dr Pierre-Marie
Norway to Spend More Looking for O&G Near Russian Border
Norway plans to step up spending on looking for oil and gas in the northern Barents Sea close to its border with Russia, the country's 2019 budget showed on Monday.The government has proposed to allocate an extra 50 million Norwegian crowns ($6.04 million) to conduct a so-called 3D survey over a large geographical structure that straddles the border with Russia."Knowledge is crucial both for good resource management and for safeguarding national economic interests," Norway's Oil and Energy Minister Kjell-Boerge Freiberg said in a statement.The country's oil and energy ministry