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Unlocking High Potential in the Arctic

With an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil and possibly a third of the world's undiscovered gas reserves, the Arctic has huge potential. Unfortunately, the region has proven difficult to explore. A chronic lack of high-quality data, harsh environments, ice fields, and a short acquisition window have left many reserves largely inaccessible and cost-prohibitive to pursue.

With our new technology and innovative applications, including the first ever data acquisition system designed to acquire data under the ice and proprietary processing techniques to attenuate ice noise, ION has launched the Arctic back into play.

Arctic BasinSPAN Programs Provide Unprecedented Geologic Insights

Since 2006, ION has acquired over 60,000 km of depth-imaged seismic data in the Canadian Beaufort and U.S. Chukchi seas, and offshore Greenland. Like all of our BasinSPANS, these programs are custom designed in a collaborative relationship with government agencies, regional experts, and E&P companies with experience in the area. As part of the BasinSPAN programs, these geologically inspired, basin-scale programs help oil & gas operators better understand the petroleum systems of these regions and more effectively determine hydrocarbon potential.

Arctic Seismic Data Programs

  • BeaufortSPAN EAST - Mackenzie Delta, Beaufort Passive and the Banks Island Basin (~23,000 km)
    • Potential Fields Program - Bailey Point in the south to west of Prince Patrick Island (airborne magnetic survey - ~225,000 km2)
  • BeaufortSPAN West  - Alaska-Beaufort margin of the Canadian Basin (~1,900 km), legacy data from USGS (~3,000 km)
  • ChukchiSPAN - Chukchi and North Chukchi Sea Basins (~3,000 km)
  • Eastern Russia ArcticSPAN (ERAS) - Extends from the Laptev Sea east to the Chukchi Shelf (~17,000 km)
  • Northeast GreenlandSPAN - South Danmarkshavn Basin, Thetis Basin, and the Northeast Greenland Volcanic Province (~18,000 km)
    • Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTGG) survey (~50,000 sq km)