They will form a joint venture called Arctic Geophysical Exploration (AGE), based in Moscow and owned 51% by Sovcomflot and 49% by CGG. It is expected to be fully operational by 4Q 2014.
CGG will charter a 14-streamer ice-class vessel for the operation and Sovcomflot will provide an eight-streamer ice-class vessel. In total they expect to have four vessels available for projects during the Arctic navigation season.
Outside the season they plan to pitch for other projects elsewhere.