BUDGET AND FUNDING PLAN

Budget

The budget for this project mostly covers expenses for the purchase of new equipment, as most of the equipment development has been completed during the last 8 years. No major new development activities are planned, though minor modifications to individual parts of the P-Cable systems may still occur.

The following overview of the budget contains a list of items that would expand existing infrastructure to an independent, mobile and flexible 3D P-Cable seismic system. Afterwards, we list the existing parts and the Institute's support included in the infrastructure.

Item 1: 4 cross cable sections of 90-m length with each having 6 streamer attachment points

Justification:the cross cable is the main heart of the P-Cable system and necessary to spread streamers. Our existing paravane doors allow us to spread a cross cable of about 250 m, which is equivalent with 16-18 streamers. Therefore, we would like to obtain cross-cable sections with 6 streamer attachment points. One of the four section will be spare.

Item costs: 4 x 500 kNOK = 2000 kNOK

Item 2: 16 25-m long 8-channel streamers including A/D digitizers and streamer spare kits

Justification: The 16 streamers will expand our existing infrastructure to a total of 24 streamers including digitizers. This will give us 6 spare streamers and thus will provide backup and reduce downtime during surveys.

Item costs: 16 x 160 kNOK = 2560 kNOK

Item 3: 400-m long tow cable

Justification: The tow cable provides power and data transmission for the streamers. It connects the end of the cross cable with the onboard power supply unit. It consists of a signal cable, a dynema rope and terminator on each end.

Item costs: 1 x 700 kNOK = 700 kNOK

Item 4: 24 6-m long streamer drop leads including pressure sensors and acoustic transducers for underwater positioning

Justification: The 6-m long streamer drop leads operate as lead-ins for the streamer sections. Previous results have shown that noise levels on the streamers are much lower if these are placed at a little distance to the cross cable. These drop leads will be a new development an include pressure sensors and acoustic transducers for underwater positioning, which will improve processing and hence the quality of the data. The acoustic transmitter/receiver is required to communicate with the acoustic transducers. And in addition, an onboard processing unit will calculate absolute positions online.

Item costs: 24 x 105 kNOK (drop leads)  
  1 x 40 kNOK (transmitter/receiver)  
  1 x 100 kNOK (processing unit)  
  = 2660 kNOK

Item 5: Winch for operation of either the cross cable, the tow cable or the streamer sections

Justification: The winch will operate either the cross cable, the tow cable or the streamer sections depending on the vessel from where the system is deployed. It will improve system stability, deployment and recovery procedures, and will provide mobility and flexibility

Item costs: 1 x 400 kNOK = 400 kNOK

Item 6: 2 GI guns, spare kits & HotShot controller

Justification: Another pair of GI guns including spare kits and an additional HotShot controller provide backup capability and flexibility for 3D seismic surveys in different geo-marine environments from fjords to the deep ocean.

Item costs: 2 x 280 kNOK (GI guns and spare kits)  
  1 x 80 kNOK (HotShot controller)  
  = 640 kNOK


Item 7: Container (used)

Justification: Another container for the mobile system provides the needed space and necessary flexibility for 3D seismic surveys.

Item costs: = 40 kNOK


SUMMARY TABLE FOR NFR BUDGET
Item Component Budget (kNOK)
1 4 cross cable sections of 90-m length with each having 6 streamer attachment points 2000
2 16 25-m long 8-channel streamers including A/D digitizers and streamer spare kits 2560
3 400-m long tow cable 700 700
4 20 6-m long streamer drop leads including pressure sensors and acoustic transducers for underwater
positioning
2660
5 Winch for operation of either the cross cable, the tow
cable or the streamer sections
400
6 2 GI guns, spare kits & HotShot controller 640 640
7 Container 40
  Total budget 9000


EXISTING PARTS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Item Component Budget (kNOK)
8 Two Barovan doors 400
9 Eight 25-m long 8-channel streamers including drop leads 1400
10 Navigation track system 400 400
11 2 GI guns (40cc/120cc) 700
12 Winch for operation of old cross cable 400
13 Compressor 1200
14 4 Transponder 400
15 1 Acquisition PC 50
15 Spare parts 300
  Total budget 5250
16 Engineer ½ (2yrs) 558
17 Cruise contributions (2yrs) 400
18 Two professor 4 months (2yrs) 507
19 IT engineer 4 months (2yrs) 166
20 Infrastructure (office, PC, etc.) 100
21 Container and hall place rentals 25
  Total budget (2yrs) 1756

Additional support in terms of manpower and resources is to be agreed upon within the steering committee on the basis of planned cruises!

Funding plan

The host institution of the new infrastructure will be the University of Tromsø, who will oversee the operation and maintenance throughout the entire lifetime of this system in close cooperation with consortium partners from University of Bergen and P-Cable 3D Seismic AS. Prof. J. Mienert, Assoc. Prof. Stefan Bünz, engineers Steinar Iversen and Knut Sandaker, and partners from P-Cable 3D Seismic AS have been with the development of this system throughout its entire lifetime, and thus know all the ins and outs of this system. These persons are permanent staff at the University of Tromsø or permanent employees at P-Cable 3D Seismic AS and ensure long-term operation of this new infrastructure.

Expected income

The host institution of the infrastructure and the partner institutes can be involved in basic research, industry and client contract activities. This is regulated in the "Konsortieavtale" and the "License" agreement (attached). The expected income may significantly vary from year to year depending on the clients and the involvement of the Universities in the P-Cable AS industry contract activities.

Any income from use of the equipment shall be paid to UiT, and used by the G3 project for maintenance and further development of this national infrastructure.

Cost calculation is based on UiT standard official full cost rate. The cost elements are:

1. Daily rates for equipment,
2. Daily rates for an engineer on land and/or at sea including overhead, and
3. travel costs.
4. Cost of using R/V "Jan Mayen" or other ships

Commercial use

Any commercial use shall be based on standard full cost commercial rates. The rate for commercial use is 10.500 Nkr/km including development cost. The cost of using the ship comes in addition. The rate shall be adjusted for inflation based on 2009 rate.

Academic use

Any academic use shall be based on 10% of standard full cost commercial rates which is 10.500 Nkr/km including development cost. The cost of using the ship comes in addition. The rate for academic use is 10% (1050 kroner/km) of full cost commercial rates.The rate shall be adjusted for inflation based on 2009 rate.

The G3 partners and any third partner shall pay for use according to the above rates and should use these rates in their respective project proposals.

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