In a fierce competition with Deep Blue and EarthNET developed by EMGS and Earth Science Analytics, respectively, Lundin and CGG finally pulled the longest straw and was declared the winner of the Exploration Innovation Prize 2019.
The award was presented during a ceremony at the NCS Exploration conference in May.
“The jury, consisting of all members of the program committee of NCS Exploration 2019, selected nine nominees to take part in a public poll on Geonova’s web page. This web poll was to act as a guide for the jury. Considering our modest-size industry I would say this poll went viral. We got 40 000 votes, and we got votes from all over the world”, Bent Erlend Kjølhamar of TGS said when presenting the award.
TGS is the proud sponsor of the Exploration Innovation Prize for the second year in a row.
“The jury fully agreed with the public on the three finalists, although we argued a while for a couple of other candidates”, Kjølhamar added.
The three candidates gave a 15-minute presentation, upon which the jury retired to deliberate.
“It was a very close race, but we had to make a choice. Lundin Norway and CGG are definitely worthy winners”, Bent Erlend Kjølhamar concluded when presenting the award together with Morten Bergan, representing the Geological Society (NGF) of Norway. NGF is co-organizer of NCS Exploration.
This is the jury’s reasoning:
According to the criteria, the Exploration Innovation Prize is awarded a license group, company, team or person who during the last couple of years have given a courageous and innovative technological contribution in exploration for oil and gas on the Norwegian continental shelf.
Also, it is required that the recipient has matured an exploration technology with high potential that can potentially lead to increased knowledge of the subsurface or future commercial oil and gas discoveries.
TopSeis is recognized as a next-generation marine towed-streamer acquisition solution, delivering a step-change in imaging for shallow to intermediate depth targets by providing massively increased near-offset coverage from a split spread with zero offsets.
TopSeis is the outcome of five years of technical collaboration between CGG and Lundin Norway AS, with additional funding from the Norwegian Research Council.
The first full-scale 2000 km2 commercial survey over the Loppa High in the Barents Sea was acquired in 2017 with the processing finished in 2018 providing excellent results compared to the conventional data in the area.
A significantly larger 5000 km2 Multi-Client survey over Greater Castberg in the Barents Sea is planned in the summer of 2019.
The jury, consisting of all members of the program committee for the NCS Exploration Conference, is fully convinced that TopSeis fulfils the criteria as given above.