OSLO, Norway –A joint industry project to acquire seismic data in the southeastern Barens Sea has added 16 new participants, said Statoil. That brings the total number of companies involved to 33.
The recently openedsoutheastern Barents Sea is part of the 23rd licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf scheduled this year. At the request of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (OED), the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association launched an initiative for a joint project to acquire 3D seismic data in this area. Statoil took on the operator role.
In March the project will announce the awarding of contracts and present further plans for the acquisition, said Statoil.
The new participants are Bayern Gas, BG, Dong, Edison, E.ON, Explora Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Faroe Petroleum, Inpex , KUFPEC, MOECO, OMW, RN Nordic Oil, RWE Dea, Total, and Tullow Oil
Early participants are BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips,Det Norske Oljeselskap, ENI, GDF Suez, Idemitsu, Lukoil, Lundin, Shell, PGNiG, Repsol, Spike, Statoil, Suncor,VNG, and Wintershall.