Frontier Barents Sea seismic survey nears completion

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) says its 2D seismic acquisition program in the northeastern part of the Barents Sea is more than two-thirds complete.

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OSLO, Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) says its 2D seismic acquisition program in the northeastern part of the Barents Sea is more than two-thirds complete.

Since the end of July, theArtemis Atlantic vessel has shot 8,800 km (5,468 mi) of 2D data, and will acquire the remaining 4,000 km (2,485 mi) between now and mid-October.

Mapping of the area started in 2012. The NPD is performing the assignment on behalf ofNorway’s government, as part of a program to derive a better overview of potential petroleum resources on the Norwegian shelf.

In 2011 and 2012, the NPD acquiredseismic in the sea areas off Jan Mayen, between Norway and Iceland, and in the southeastern part of the Barents Sea. So far 21 companies have purchased the resultant seismic data packages.

9/20/2013

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