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3D seismic + gravity survey offshore Greenland

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Gravity gradiometry company ARKeX has announced a multi-client full tensor gravity gradiometry (FTG) survey offshore Greenland.

The data will be incorporated together with 2D seismic data gathered by ION Geophysical Corporation to build a 3D structural model of the area.

The survey will cover 50,000 square km, including a "substantial" portion of the pre-round blocks that are on offer to the KANUMAS group (ExxonMobil, Statoil, BP, Japan National Oil Corporation, Chevron and Shell.)

It will also cover the ordinary round blocks that will be offered next year as part of Greenland's ongoing license rounds.

The region has reserve estimates of 8.5 billion barrels of oil, 80.4 trillion cf of gas, and 8.5 bb of natural gas liquids.

By combining gravity data with seismic data, you can get a much richer image of the subsurface than would otherwise be possible.

"Relying on the typical volume of 3D seismic data in the Arctic offshore Northeast Greenland is simply not feasible due to the presence of pack ice covering the prime exploration area," says Joe Gagliardi, ION's Director of Arctic Solutions and Technology.

'By combining ARKeX FTG data with ION's SPAN data, together we will be able to deliver an enhanced geologic model of this frontier area," says Phill Houghton, ARKeX Vice President of Business Development at ARKeX.



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