New seismic round off Jan Mayen

In action: Nordic Explorer

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Steve Marshall 

05 June 2012 09:26 GMT

Norway kicked off a new 2D seismic survey around Jan Mayen island on Tuesday as part of a widespread campaign to acquire fresh data ahead of future licensing rounds in frontier northern areas.

Petroleum Geo-Services’ vessel Nordic Explorer has been deployed to carry out the 9200-kilometre shoot for the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), which follows a survey covering 3100 kilometres performed last summer.

“We have very little data from this part of the Norwegian continental shelf, and most of it is dated from some years ago. Therefore, we are systematically working to improve mapping of the area,” said NPD project leader Lars Jensen.

Seismic surveys covering between 29,000 and 30,000 kilometres are planned by the NPD this summer across the Barents Sea, Jan Mayen and the Nordland IV and V tracts in the Norwegian Sea.