NPD Resumes Mapping NE Barents Sea

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reported Tuesday that it has resumed mapping of the northeastern Barents Sea, following on from mapping work that begun there in 2012.

The NPD said that in the early hours of July 29, it began the acquisition of 2D seismic data in the area. The organization plans to acquire 2D seismic data over the area for approximately two-and-a-half months.

The acquisition activity is being carried out by the Artemis Atlantic seismic vessel, which is operated by Dolphin Geophysical.

The work is being carried out by the NPD on behalf of the Norwegian government, and is part of the Norwegian authorities' work to gain an overview of potential petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Only the NPD is allowed to acquire seismic data in areas that have not been opened up for petroleum exploration activity.


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