The program started last year but had to be postponed due to weather conditions. The survey will cover 42,784 sq km (16,519 sq mi) over the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s proposed licensing areas.
The main aim is to provide a high-resolution gravity gradiometry dataset to help delineate complex structural features that could be associated with hydrocarbon-bearing basins and trapping structures. It will highlight faults such as salt morphology and basement structure.
Chris Anderson, EVP Multi-Client at ARKeX, said: “The data from the FTG survey will offer a considerable upgrade in resolution of the shallow sections in the Barents Sea compared to conventional marine gravity and magnetic data and when used in conjunction with2D and 3D seismic data, FTG data will provide a powerful tool for regional structural interpolation.”
ARKeX expects to complete processing and interpretation by August.