ApplicationsHigh-Resolution 3D Data

The P-Cable technology has been applied to a variety of targets, ranging from marine exploration, site surveys and geohazard assessment to 4D marine seismic imaging of fluid flow and marine geology. Industrial enterprises as well as research institutions profit from unprecedented high-resolution 3D data acquired by the P-Cable systems. The imaging depth depends on the local geology, water depth and source strength. However, the P-Cable system has the potential to image far deeper than the first seafloor multiple by applying modern near-offset multiple techniques such as SRME.

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Reservoir Imaging

Detailed marine seismic imaging is key to successful discovery and development of hydrocarbon reservoirs. Our technology helps resolve the reservoir geology and distribution of hydrocarbon fluids at unprecedented seismic resolution.

In recent years we have conducted several client and multi-client surveys on the Norwegian continental shelf, including the Peon gas discovery in the North Sea and Jurassic fault block prospects in the Barents Sea.

Shallow Jurassic reservoir structures in the Barents Sea

Site Surveys and Geohazards

Marine environments represent engineering challenges, introducing risks and uncertainties. High-resolution marine seismic imaging are useful for mapping shallow gas, weak layers, faults and other potential sub-surface geological hazards for the offshore industry performing (e.g., drilling operations, platform and offshore windfarm constructions, and pipeline surveys).

Gas migrating up chimneys escaping from pockmarks, Offshore Svalbard. From S. Bünz, CAGE, UiT.

Marine Geology

Leading questions in marine geology can be answered by improved marine seismic imagery. The P-Cable system was developed by researchers in need of an affordable 3D marine seismic system for core-log-seismic integration and marine geological surveys. The detailed P-Cable resolution is capable of resolving meter scale objects on an outcrops-scale resolution.

NCS P-Cable 3D Seismic AS
Mud diapirism in Pleistocene deposits on the Norwegian continental shelf.

4D Seismic Imaging

Time-lapse (4D) surveys are important for documentation of sub-surface deformation and fluid migration for the industry and science. Time-lapse P-Cable data have been collected in areas with gas hydrates and focused fluid flow, and should be very useful for shallow reservoir monitoring.

Change of fluid flow paths along gas chimneys at Vestnesa Ridge. From S. Bünz, CAGE, UiT.

CO2 Storage Sites

Sequestration of CO2 requires detailed knowledge of the structure and properties of the target geological formation and the regional seal. Our technology may help to characterize storage reservoir properties, potential gas migration paths, and to monitor CO2 gas leakage.

Free gas trapped in Cretaceous sediments, Barents Sea.