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Industry Backs Joint Seismic Acquisition

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 25, 2014

Illustration of seismic acquisition. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Illustration of seismic acquisition. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

The project for joint seismic acquisition in the southeastern Barents Sea has been joined by 16 new companies. A total of 33 companies are now part of this project, which will secure good data quality and low acquisition costs.

A joint acquisition of data will also limit any possible negative consequences for the fishing industry.

The recently opened southeastern Barents Sea is part of the 23rd licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2014. At the request of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (OED), the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association launched an initiative for a joint project relating to acquiring 3D seismic data from blocks in this area. Statoil took on the operator role for the acquisition.

On December 10, 2013, 17 companies joined the project as early participants. A further 16 companies followed suit after the OED on February 14 circulated a proposal regarding block announcements for public consultation.

A doubling of the number of companies in the project shows that the initiative enjoys solid industry support. It is a project that will further reduce costs while ensuring good quality data by utilizing the companies’ concerted competencies.

In March the project will announce the awarding of contracts and present further plans for the acquisition.

Companies participating in the project include:

Early participants:
BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Det Norske Oljeselskap, ENI, GDF Suez, Idemitsu, Lukoil, Lundin, Shell, PGNiG, Repsol, Spike, Statoil, Suncor, VNG and Wintershall

New participants:
Bayern Gas, BG, Dong, Edison, E.ON, Explora Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Faroe Petroleum, Inpex, KUFPEC, MOECO, OMW, RN Nordic Oil, RWE Dea, Total and Tullow Oil

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