NORSALT project

The idea for the project originates within the Structural Geology network group, where we saw a need for building competence within salt tectonics, hence introduced the Salt Tectonic Seminar in November 2014 with world renowned teachers within salt tectonics; Mark Rowan and Chris Jackson from Imperial College. Out of this seminar came the idea to establish a research consortia within Force, which could be of interest to many of the Force member companies, and it would gather academia from a Norwegian and well renowned international universities. 

 

The date below (31.12) is not relevant for any meetings, please disregard it.

  • Date 31.12.2015
  • Time 09:00
  • Duration 1 day
  • Participants 0
  • Register by 01.01.0001
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NORSALT project

We have had a sound and good interest from many companies over the last four months, but after the beginning of the new year, several of those have decided to abandon the NORSALT project, based on their company’s strategic decision not to apply in the 23rd Licensing Round focused in the Barents Sea. The status is that there are currently four companies interested in joining the NORSALT project, and we are expecting that more companies are interested in joining the project after the 23rd Round licenses are awarded (expected mid-May). The companies currently interested are Statoil, A/S Norske Shell, Repsol Exploration Norge and Faroe Petroleum.

We are making progress getting access to the seismic data for the project. There are still unclarified issues regarding the ‘Group Shoot Data’, where the ownership has been transferred to WesternGeco. Hence, we are in a situation where it could look like the project sponsors have to give the NORSALT group access to the data, which the companies are entitled to.

One significant achievement is that we have agreed with MultiClient Geophysical ASA that they will provide their high-quality seismic data covering the western margin of the Barents Sea, acquired between 2009 and 2013, for the NORSALT Joint Industry Project. Those data are crucial for understanding the basin configuration and salt tectonic development of this part of the Barents Sea, so this adds significantly to the quality of the NORSALT project. Terms and conditions are to be negotiated between the NORSALT Joint Industry Project and MultiClient Geophysical ASA.

We will arrange for a meeting shortly, and notify the relevant people and the Structural Geology Network Group accordingly. Please notify us if you wish to receive information on the progress of the project.

On behalf of the NORSALT group,
Sidsel Lindsø, Chairman of the FORCE Structural Geology Group

Map of the seismic coverage of the western margin Barents Sea, to be available to the NORSALT project under not yet negotiated terms:

 

The NORSALT information meeting, held at the NPD, Stavanger, Norway on Friday 4th of September, was very well attended, with a total of 29 participants representing more than 20 oil companies.

Sidsel Lindsø, Chairman of the FORCE Structural Geology Group, welcomed the attendees before explaining the project background and outlining the need for updated regional structural maps that integrate all of the new seismic data with a solid understanding of salt tectonics. Furthermore, she stressed that a robust understanding of the basin configuration of the Norwegian Barents Sea if companies are to assess the impact of salt on the deposition of reservoir, source and seal rocks. It was highlighted that the NORSALT project represented a good opportunity to get a high-quality product at a relatively low cost, from leading experts in the area of salt tectonics.

Mark Rowan (RCI) and Chris Jackson (Imperial College), on behalf of fellow project proponents Atle Rotevatn (University of Bergen) and Kate Giles (University of Texas at El Paso), presented an overview of the technical basis and aims of the project, in addition to providing an overview of some of the key logistical issues. These presentations are now available for download here. Meeting attendees were strongly supportive of the technical aims of the project, engaging in an active discussion regarding the geographical focus of the project and dataset availability before lunch, networking and questions.

On behalf of the FORCE Technical Committee, John Berry (BP) endorsed the project and said that the TC thought it is a very good project that should be seriously considered by the members of the FORCE co-operation.

This Joint Industry Project (JIP) is now formally seeking company support, with November 30th being the deadline for a formal commitment to join the project. The project is due to start in January or February 2016. Full details on costings and sign-up deadlines are shown in Chris Jackson's presentation.

It was agreed in the meeting to send out weekly emails to the meeting participants and others interested, to keep them updated on the progress on the project. Please let us know if you would like to receive emails regarding this project by sending an email to either Sidsel Lindsø slindso@suncor.com or Chris Jackson c.jackson@imperial.ac.uk.

Total estimated cost of the project:      Ca. 9,2 Million NOK over two years to be divided between participating companies

Case of 10 companies participating:     Ca. 450.000 NOK/year

 

 

Information before the information meeting 04.09.15 

The idea for the project originates within the Structural Geology network group, where we saw a need for building competence within salt tectonics, hence introduced the Salt Tectonic Seminar in November 2014 with world renowned teachers within salt tectonics; Mark Rowan and Chris Jackson from Imperial College. Out of this seminar came the idea to establish a research consortia within Force, which could be of interest to many of the Force member companies, and it would gather academia from a Norwegian and well renowned international universities. 
 

El Papalote diapir (La Popa basin, Mexico) with flanking strata that include moderately dipping shallow-water siliciclastics (middle distance) and near-vertical carbonates (near distance). The La Popa vertical salt weld runs along the distant hillside beneath the prominent carbonate cliffs. Photo by Tim Lawton.

 

The objective of this study, integrating experience and knowledge from world leading experts on salt tectonics, would be to plan for future exploration in the region and form a good and sound basis of the structural grain and elements that have significant impact on source rock deposition and possible reservoir distribution on a local scale. Companies who would be joining this consortia could add an important element to integrate in the regional understanding of the Norwegian Barents Sea.

 

Aerial view of the El Papalote diapir (La Popa basin, Mexico) from the other side (photo by Bob Goldhammer). The diapir is a caprock assemblage of gypsum with isolated stringers of carbonates and volcanics. Photo by Bob Goldhammer.

  

An example of intrasalt deformation in layered evaporite sequence from the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. Data courtesy of CGG.


We sincerely hope that you will support this project within the Force network, as we find that this could add significant value for the industry on a long term scale. Should you have any questions or wish to influence the details of the scope of the JIP, please contact Professor Chris Jackson c.jackson@imperial.ac.uk or the undersigned.
 
On behalf of the NORSALT group, 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Øyvind Hagen - Statoil