STAVANGER, Norway -- The Norwegian Government has proposed an allocation of NOK 200 million ($32 million) for the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's geological mapping activities in Nordland VII and Troms II in 2009. The conclusion of the three-year mapping program will provide new information about the resources in the area, and improve the decision basis for the updated comprehensive management plan in 2010.
The NPD's mapping of Nordland VII and Troms II started in 2007 with acquisition of 2D seismic data, and continued in 2008 with acquisition of 2D and 3D seismic data in Nordland VII and Troms II.
Assuming that the Government's proposed budget is adopted by the Norwegian Parliament, the NPD plans limited acquisition of 3D seismic data in the summer of 2009. It has been suggested that the acquisition period be limited to six weeks.
The allocation is also meant to cover expenses for associated research on the effect of seismic data acquisition on fish. This research will take place in connection with the acquisition activity in the summer of 2009.