Twenty areas of interest were proposed in a press release last week by a broad group of Norwegian directorates* led by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).
The PGS MultiClient data library has high-resolution coverage readily available. PGS is also well-positioned to facilitate further analysis of potential offshore wind sites.
"PGS offers immediate access to reliable, high-quality data to permit an early start on the evaluation of the technical suitability of the areas proposed. We also have the expertise to reprocess data for tailored requirements, and for a more detailed understanding of ground conditions and potential subsurface risks on specific sites, PGS can gather new ultra-high resolution 3D data using the latest seismic acquisition and imaging technologies," says Berit Osnes, EVP New Energy at PGS.
"These offshore areas should now be further assessed to find the areas that are best suited for offshore wind," said NVE Director of Water Resources and Energy, Kjetil Lund, in a press release 25 April.
In a linked press release from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), Kjersti Dahle, Director of Technology, Analyses and Coexistence, emphasized the importance of ensuring offshore wind developments are aligned with good management of petroleum and CO2 assets:
“Moving forward, it will be important to conduct a good, detailed mapping of the resource potential in the proposed areas, with the best possible data available," she said.
The PGS MultiClient data library comprehensively maps hydrocarbon-producing and storage areas on the NCS. The availability of PGS data will greatly aid in the evaluation of these potential offshore wind sites and support Norway's efforts toward a more sustainable energy future. PGS has a 30-year track record of successful cooperation with stakeholders in the Norwegian offshore space.
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* The proposal for the 20 sites was developed by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries, the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Norwegian Coastal Administration, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, and the Norwegian Defence Estates Agency. In addition, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway had an observer role, while the Institute of Marine Research, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Statnett, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, the Norwegian Communications Authority, and Avinor have provided relevant knowledge and data.