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United industry behind joint seismic acquisition

February 25, 2014, 16:15 CET

Illustration of seismic acquisition. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

A joint acquisition of data will also limit any possible negative consequences for the fishing industry.

The recently opened southeastern Barents Sea is part of the 23rd licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2014. 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 relating to acquiring 3D seismic data from blocks in this area. Statoil took on the operator role for the acquisition.

On 10 December last year, 17 companies joined the project as early participants. A further 16 companies followed suit after the OED on 14 February circulated a proposal regarding block announcements for public consultation.

A doubling of the number of companies in the project shows that the initiative enjoys solid industry support. It is a project that will further reduce costs while ensuring good quality data by utilising the companies’ concerted competencies.

In March the project will announce the awarding of contracts and present further plans for the acquisition.

List of companies participating in the project:

Early participants:

A/S Norske Shell

BP Norge AS

Chevron Norge AS

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS

Det norske oljeselskap ASA

Eni Norge AS


Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS

Lukoil Overseas North Shelf AS

Lundin Norway AS

PGNiG Upstream International AS

Repsol Exploration Norge AS

Spike Exploration Holding AS

Statoil Petroleum AS

Suncor Energy Norge AS

VNG Norge AS

Wintershall Norge ASA

New participants:

Bayerngas Norge AS

BG Norge Exploration Limited NUF

Dong E&P Norge AS

Edison International SpA
Norway Branch

E.ON E&P Norge AS

Explora Petroleum AS

ExxonMobil Exploration
and Production Norway AS

Faroe Petroleum Norge AS


Kuwait Foreign Petroleum
Exploration Company (KUFPEC)

Moeco Oil & Gas Norge AS

OMV (Norge) AS

RN Nordic Oil

RWE Dea Norge AS

Total E&P Norge AS

Tullow Oil Norge AS