'Ice Bear' 3D seismic survey underway in Barents Sea

Offshore staff

GATWICK, UK – WesternGeco says it has started acquisition on its 3D multi-client seismic survey in the Barents Sea. The Bjørnøya Phase I “Ice Bear” survey targets the prospective West Loppa area.

This program will extend WesternGeco’s West Loppa datasets to the north and to the west.

Ice Bear survey will consist of approximately 2,500 sq km (965 sq mi) of 3D seismic data, acquired using 10 x 7 km (4.4 mi) streamers. Advanced acquisition techniques will be coupled with demultiple processing using the WesternGeco 3D General Surface Multiple Prediction.

The fasttrack data will be available in November 2011 in time for nominations for the 22nd Norwegian Licensing Round. The final processed data will be available for licensing in March 2012, in advance of the applications for the 22nd Norwegian Offshore Licensing Round.

For information on the results of the 21st round held earlier this year, click here.

“The study area is on the rim of the Bjørnøya basin, on the west flank of the Loppa High and includes a large downthrown terrace in the North together with other Jurassic faulted structures, all of which have potential,” said Phil Davey, WesternGeco Europe & Africa GeoSolutions manager, “Other, separate, but still promising features are seen in the southwestern part of the survey area.”


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