- To recover in situ sediments for seismic tie in areas with no well
- To sample seep localities for identification and characterization of active petroleum systems
- To improve geological understanding of frontier basins
Our work areas are in the NE and NW Atlantic conjugate margins with focus on licensing blocks and important areas for future development. Seabed sampling results are important to improve licensing applications and constrain basin models, and increase success in efforts in exploration for oil and gas in frontier basins.
Seep structures are tested for hydrocarbon using samples collected with a gravity core and annalyzed with two geochemical (APT and AGI) and one microbial (MPOG) methods. Stratigraphic samples collected with a gravity corer and a dredge are tested for source and reservoir rock properties, and the dated samples are placed into a lithostratigraphic pseudowell.
New seabed samples reveal active Jurassic oil seeps and Mesozoic sedimentary sequences on the Jan Mayen Ridge.
Seismic tie to pseudo-well. Relevant for sub-basalt exploration on the Norwegian margin.