The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in Norway have announced the 57 blocks, or part blocks, made available in the 23rd license round, including large unexplored areas of the southeastern Barents Sea.
“By initiating petroleum activity in the southeastern Barents Sea, we reach yet another milestone for Norwegian petroleum activities,” commented Tord Lien, Norway’s minister of petroleum and energy. “For the first time since 1994, we will explore an entirely new area on the [NCS].”
All 54 of the blocks which have been offered for bid in the Barents Sea are covered by Spectrum Multi-Client seismic data, with 48 of those covered by data shot as recently as 2014. Spectrum’s new acquisition across the Fingerdjupet-Hoop area includes Induced Polarization measurements.
Induced Polarization aims to detect and map highly conductive geological bodies in the shallow subsurface using an electric current and a number of receivers towed behind a vessel. These highly conductive bodies are potentially related to micro seepage of hydrocarbons from deeper lying hydrocarbon fields and the results can therefore be used to support mapping of hydrocarbon prospects.
The maps below show Spectrum Multi-Client data coverage with blocks offered in the 23rd round highlighted in orange.
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