Deep Blue – one of nineDeep Blue. Photo: EMGS

Deep Blue – one of nine

The new source developed by EMGS in cooperation with Equinor and Shell promises to see much deeper than previous sources.

The Exploration Innovation Prize is awarded a license group, company, team or person who during the last two years have given a courageous and innovative technological contribution in exploration for oil and gas on the Norwegian continental shelf.

EMGS, Equinor and Shell have been selected as candidates for developing “Deep Blue”.

The technology has been selected as one of nine candidates for the Exploration Innovation Prize that will be awarded at this year’s NCS Exploration conference: Recent Advances in Exploration Technology.

This is the jury’s reasoning:

EMGS, Shell and Equinor have since 2012 worked on the Joint Industry Project (“Deep Blue”) to develop a new generation of controlled-source electromagnetic equipment. DEMO 2000 has also contributed to the project. In 2016 a prototype of the new equipment set was successfully tested offshore Norway. The first commercial survey was performed in July 2017. Deep Blue has been used actively in Norway throughout 2018, especially for mature basin surveys in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea.

Deep Blue increases the depth of investigation well beyond the capabilities of the conventional source systems with a general depth increase of imaging capacity of 1500 meters more than the conventional system. 4500 meters is considered the “new floor” of EM imaging capability. The new source also increases imaging confidence and resolution for targets that can be detected with the conventional source system. Deep Blue can operate in water depths up to 4,000 meters.

All data acquired with Deep Blue confirms the ability to increase sensitivity and resolution through a combination of higher source output, increased frequency bandwidth and better accuracy, which allows imaging deeper and smaller targets.”

Voting results and all candidates are presented here.


The 2019 NCS Exploration Conference is held at Cambro-Silurian shales and carbonates that belong to the world famous “Oslofeltet” that have many similarities with the North Sea. On the first day of the conference, Morten Bergan will guide participants through 120 million years of Earth history. Photo: Halfdan Carstens