The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), an oil and gas regulator, has acquired about 4,500 kilometers of 2D seismic on the Gardarbank High, east/northeast of Bjørnøya and south of Hopen offshore Norway.
The vessel WG Columbus acquired the seismic data in the period from August 22 to September 23, the regulator informed on Tuesday.
“The operation was very successful; progress was good and we were able to acquire the entire program as planned,” said Lars Jensen, the NPD’s project manager for the seismic acquisition.
Gardarbank High is a geological ridge located in the area between the Spitsbergen Bank and Hopen Deep.
One of the NPD’s tasks is to map areas that have not yet been opened for petroleum activity. According to its statement, the NPD will carry out geological mapping projects and interpret the acquired data to enhance the level of knowledge of the petroleum potential, and to complete the data coverage for areas not yet opened.
In the period 2012 to 2016, the NPD acquired modern seismic data in the eastern part of the Barents Sea North. The results of this work were presented in the spring of 2017.
The regulator explained that the 2017 acquisition on the Gardarbank High is a western continuation of this mapping effort, and the new data provides significantly improved seismic coverage.
The processing of the newly acquired seismic data is expected to be completed in the third quarter, after which the data will be used in the NPD’s evaluation projects.