Barents Sea seismic focus switches to Maud basin

Dolphin Geophysical and Searcher Seismic have started acquiring a new seismic survey in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Dolphin Geophysical and Searcher Seismic have started acquiring a new seismic survey in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.

ThePolar Duchess is performing the 3,300-sq km (2,050-sq mi) 3D Sharp BroadBand multi-client seismic survey is over the Maud basin south area.

Work originally was to begin next April, but industry interest in the region has heightened following OMV’s recentWisting oil discovery, to which the survey will tie.

Dolphin says that 3D coverage is needed to map and evaluate potentially similar structures and features as well as deeper geological targets and plays, possibly down to the Permian.

Elsewhere, the company has secured its first 2014 North Sea 3D seismic contract, awarded by an undisclosed client. The survey is due to start in early April 2014.

10/3/2013

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