Barents Sea - Europe

Largely unexplored and undrilled, the Barents Sea is receiving increasing exploration interest as, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, more than half of the undiscovered resources on the Norwegian Continental Shelf are to be found there. With high-capacity vessels capable of covering large areas in one season, pioneering marine seismic acquisition, and superior sub-surface imaging, PGS has the unique toolset to resolve challenges of the Barents Sea and reveal its untapped resource potential.

Multiple oil and gas discoveries, such as Goliat and Snøhvit, make this part of the world a highly prospective area for hydrocarbons. Thirteen APA 2019 licenses have been awarded in the Barents Sea which, according to Torgeir Stordal, head of exploration at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, “will require new seismic data and use of new technology to evaluate the resource potential”. With a complex geological regime and various target intervals, seismic data acquisition in the Barents Sea will need innovative and adaptable survey designs.

PGS’ tailored acquisition solution and high-end imaging technology result in high-quality datasets that meet all requirements for this mix of target depths, whilst retaining the integrity of the data. Our Ramform vessels are fully adaptable to operate with highly effective spreads and variable streamer lengths. PGS has developed expertise in advanced modeling in the Barents Sea, with both dense spreads from high-resolution imaging and a sparse set of long streamers for FWI-based velocity model building. Comprehensive velocity modeling in the Barents Sea optimizes illumination in complex zones, such as around salt structures, within channel traps, and beneath shallow gas clouds in the overburden.

Barents Sea Acquisition Map
Map of PGS' Barents Sea surveys. The orange polygon shows the 2020 survey extension.