The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has confirmed the successful acquisition of around 4,500 kilometres of 2D seismic data around Gardarbank High, east/northeast of Bjørnøya and south of Hopen.

“The operation was very successful,” Lars Jensen, the NPD’s project manager for the seismic acquisition, said in an organization statement. “Progress was good and we were able to acquire the entire program as planned,” he added.

Acquired by the WG Columbus vessel from August 22 to September 23, 2017, the newly acquired data is expected to be processed in the third quarter, after which it will be used in the NPD’s evaluation projects.

In the period 2012 to 2016, the NPD acquired modern seismic data in the eastern part of the Barents Sea North. The results of this work were presented in the spring of 2017.

The 2017 acquisition on the Gardarbank High is a western continuation of this mapping effort, and the new data provides ‘significantly improved seismic coverage,’ according to the NPD.

Gardarbank High is a geological ridge located in the area between the Spitsbergen Bank and Hopen Deep.





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