USER GROUPS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

The main research groups in Norway working with the shallow marine geosphere (UiT, UiB, NGU) will be part of the consortium. They have shown a strong interest in applying the P-Cable 3D seismic system for their research aims. The research purposes will strongly benefit from a better understanding of sub-surface sediment architecture and associated processes.

The users of G3 system have free access to all the data they have been collected and are encouraged to publish their data in national and international journals. After a period of three years the data are available to the Norwegian research community. Third parties shall have free access to raw data they are collecting for research purpose and commercial purpose and have the right to publish results based on their data.

We expect a significant increase in international research collaboration for all partners due to the shown interest that the analogue prototypes of this system already gained. We envision to operate the P-Cable 3D seismic system within projects funded by the NFR with international participation as well as in upcoming EU and ESF projects. We also expect that the P-Cable seismic technology will become the premier tool for site survey investigations of IODP drill sites and ocean-floor observatories, and for evaluating possible CO2 storage sites. All these large programmes will generate unique possibilities for the Norwegian geomarine research community to collaborate in international projects.

During a Petromaks meeting in Tromsø (October 19-20, 2009) there was a clear statement from colleagues of Shell Norge and StatoilHydro that the P-Cable system will be the infrastructure for pre-site surveys before drilling is to be commenced.

We further envision an application of the P-Cable technology in industry projects for seabed characterizations of geohazards and impact areas or within projects related to the exploration of unconventional hydrocarbon resources. High-resolution studies of potential exploration and exploitation drill sites will significantly reduce the drilling risk and thus will allow safer drilling operations. Other opportunities exits for flexible and rapid monitoring of drill sites to enhance platform safety. Some of the expected projects will be pure research projects; others might be commercial projects.

A list of current and submitted projects includes:

UiTø Research School for Arctic Marine Geology and Geophysics
UiTø – Lundin AS, OSLO: Shallow gas accumulations in the SW-Barents Sea
UiTø – Statoil Hydro: Shallow gas reservoirs
NFR PETROMAKS project GANS - Gas Hydrates on the Norway - Barents Sea - Svalbard margin
ESF POLARCLIMATE: Methane Release from the Arctic Region in a warming world: processes,
time-scales, fluxes and Impacts (MARI)
EU European Large Scale Infrastructure (ESFRI-EMSO)
EU European Seafloor Observatory Network of Excellence (ESONET)
EU Deep Sea Floor Frontier (DSF and ECORD)
NFR Norwegian Ocean Observatory Network (NOON)
IODP drill site investigation in Nankai Trough

The number of users will vary from year to year based on available funding for cruises. However, we expect that the P-Cable system will be in high demand throughout the period from late spring to early autumn and will operate in Norwegian waters and international waters.

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