Oljedirektoratet

Large area with new released datasets in the Barents Sea

sodir-strek

04/06/2024 The announced APA area in the Barents Sea has been expanded with 34 blocks, featuring good coverage thanks to recently released seismic data.

The Ministry of Energy announced APA 2024 on 8 May, including blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. The deadline for applications is 3 September.

The predefined areas (the APA areas) in the Barents Sea have been expanded with 34 blocks. The expanded area in the Barents Sea is located on the Finnmark Platform and covers an area of just under 9000 square kilometres. The APA area in the Barents Sea has good coverage of 3D and 2D seismic data. Over the last five years alone, vast volumes of data have been released within the predefined areas.

Released 3D and 2D seismic data

The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has compiled a map of the seismic datasets released over the past five years (2019-May 2024) (Figure 1-2).

There is high data density of released 3D and 2D seismic data in the areas west of the Loppa High and around the North Cape Basin. The released data include several modern datasets. They were processed or reprocessed in 2020/2021 and include available data in both time and depth as well as "angle/offset stacks".

Figure 1: Overview of released 3D data in the Barents Sea over the last 5 years.

Figure 1: Overview of released 3D data in the Barents Sea over the last 5 years.

Figure 2: Overview of released 2D data in the Barents Sea over the last 5 years.

Figure 2: Overview of released 2D data in the Barents Sea over the last 5 years.

New acreage in the Barents Sea in this year’s APA

The expanded area on the Finnmark Platform includes several exciting plays that can be mapped for further maturing of prospects. The seismic line from the released 3D dataset FIN13 shows fault structures at basement level with potential structural and stratigraphic traps in the Billefjorden Group, as well as overlying spiculites in the Røye Formation (Figure 3). The Billefjorden Group and the Røye Formation are part of proven plays. On the other hand, the Norwegian Offshore Directorate considers them to be not mature and not well-explored.

Figure 3. Seismic line (Fin13) showing fault structures at basement rock level.

Figure 3: Seismic line (Fin13) showing fault structures at basement rock level.

Structural map

 

Contact

Ola Anders Skauby

Director Communication, public affairs and emergency response

Tel: +47 905 98 519

Updated: 14/06/2024

Latest news

Join us for an exploration seminar
16/07/2024 We look forward to welcoming you to a seminar on the topic of exploration in the Barents Sea, to be held on 23-24 October 2024 at our offices in Stavanger. The seminar will include presentations by the Ministry of Energy, the Norwegian Offshore Directorate, licensees and suppliers.
Drilling permit for wellbore 6610/7-3
11/07/2024 The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted Equinor Energy AS drilling permit for wellbore 6610/7-3 in production licence 1014, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Delineation of discovery in the North Sea (35/10-12 S)
10/07/2024 Wellesley Petroleum has proven oil and gas in the Gnomoria Appraisal (35/10-12 S) well in the North Sea, about 100 kilometres southwest of Florø.
Drilling permit for wellbore 35/6-5 S
04/07/2024 The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted Aker BP ASA drilling permit for wellbore 35/6-5 S in production licence 1110, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Drilling permit for wellbore 31/1-4
03/07/2024 The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted Equinor Energy AS drilling permit for wellbore 31/1-4 in production licence 923 B, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The Norwegian shelf is continuously developing
28/06/2024 Director General Torgeir Stordal shares his thoughts on the trends in activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) in the first half of 2024.
Gas discovery in the Barents Sea (7324/8-4)
28/06/2024 Aker BP and its partners have discovered gas in wildcat well 7324/8-4 (Hassel) in the Barents Sea, around 300 kilometres from the northern coast of Norway.
Found oil and gas in the North Sea (36/7-5 S, A, B and C)
27/06/2024 Vår Energi has made an oil and gas discovery in well 36/7-5 S “Cerisa” and sidetracks 36/7-5 A, B and C.
Nominated blocks for announcement on public consultation
26/06/2024 In connection with the first licensing round for mineral activities on the seabed, the Ministry of Energy has sent blocks nominated for announcement on a public consultation process.
Drilling permit for wellbore 34/10-A-48 E
26/06/2024 The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted Equinor Energy AS drilling permit for wellbore 34/10-A-48 E in production licence 050, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.