BP Norway Wins ONS Innovation Award

The 12th ONS Innovation Award has been won by BP Norway for the world's first permanent seabed seismic array, which has been installed on the Valhall field in the Norwegian North Sea. Kjell Magne Bondevik, prime minister of Norway, presented the award during the opening ceremony for the 16th ONS exhibition and conference today.

A BP team supervised 10 specialist contractors which delivered products and services to this life of field seismic (LoFS) facility. These include installing 120 kilometers of seismic cables, operating seismic source, logistics to handle huge data volumes and the ability to produce high-end four-dimensional images.

According to BP, the aspiration of being able to acquire seismic on demand has been demonstrated, with improved recovery as a realistic expectation.

Four-D images revealing changes in the reservoir over periods of months are already in use by the well delivery teams at BP.

In its evaluation, the innovation awards jury noted that this solution represents an essential piece of reservoir monitoring for the future. "Justifying such investment can be difficult, but the industry knows we have to go for it," the jury observed. "It´s very applicable to more mature offshore areas."

Five other companies were shortlisted for the award, including Statoil - second placed for its electromagnetic seabed logging solution - FMC Kongsberg Subsea, Aker Kvaerner/Maritime Well Service, Statoil again and Hytorc Norge.

The jury has been chaired by Erik Skaug, director of Norway´s Petromaks programme, and also includes Gian Mario Bozzo, former head, R&D division, Tecnomare SpA, and David Brookes, programme director, deepwater technology, BP Exploration and Production Technology. Its other members are Alain Goulois, head of advanced technology, development studies, Total Exploration & Production, Ingebrigt Moum, senior vice president, group quality and improvements, Aker Kvaerner, and Fred Selnes, professor, Norwegian School of Management.