Text Size
Print Page
Print This Page
E-mail Page
Email This Page

Northeast GreenlandSPAN

With reserve estimates of 8.5 billion BOE, 80.4 trillion cf of gas, and 8.5 bb of natural gas liquids, the region of northeast Greenland is very attractive to E&P companies. However, the area's polar ice makes imaging notoriously difficult.

Using proprietary, under-ice acquisition technology, ION was the first to successfully image under the polar ice in this challenging environment. Designed to deliver insight into the regional framework of northeast Greenland, ION acquired Northeast GreenlandSPAN, covering the south Danmarkshavn Basin, Thetis Basin, and the northern section of the northeast Greenland Volcanic Province. Phases I and II of the program consist of approximately 18,000 km of long offset, 2D seismic data.

Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG) Survey 

Jointly designed and acquired by ION and ARKeX, a 50,000 sq km Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG) survey was acquired over the 2012 and 2013 licensing round blocks in an airborne grid of 2 x 10 km. This project addresses long-standing frontier exploration challenges by combining excellent deep 2D structural imaging with a cost-effective 3D perspective to improve interpretation between lines.

Program Objectives

  • Deliver an accurate and more comprehensive understanding of the geologic structure of the Greater East Greenland Rift Basins Province
  • Provide significant aperture and illumination when combined with the appropriate imaging tools to reveal how the complex basin tectonics are controlling the potential petroleum system

Key Components

  • Program design and layout are driven by known geology and client input to provide a consistent seismic regional framework that ties into existing seismic lines
  • 18-second records, 8,000 m cable
  • Specially designed acquisition technique to record underneath expected ice
  • Integrated geologic and geophysical interpretation
  • Improved understanding of key geologic features, placing them in a basin-wide context
  • Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry – 2 x 10 km grid acquired at 120 meters high
  • Gravity and magnetic data acquired

Additional Resources

 Technical Papers