Oslo Kongressenter Folkets Hus
11:00 - 17:00
Recent discoveries in the North Sea and Barents Sea have opened new and promising play models. At the same time the activity in the Norwegian Sea has been decreasing. We question if this is reflecting a real difference in prospectivity, or if it is because a tendency to "follow the leader" and give priority to the most popular trends?
The "shallow" waters of the Norwegian Sea, and in particular the Halten/Dønna terrace area, have experienced numerous and giant discoveries since the area was opened for exploration in 1980. In the platform area, the Draugen Field is the only economical discovery, but recent licensing indicates that some companies have ideas that may turn out new discoveries.
In contrast, the deep waters of the Norwegian Sea have seen many disappointments and only a few gas discoveries. Naturally, this has resulted in diminishing interest, as exemplified in the 22nd licensing round. However, with a very low well density, it is fair to say that the deep water is still a frontier province.
The Geological Society of Norway (NGF) has therefore taken the initiative to revive the interest in the entire Norwegian Sea by arranging a half-day seminar in the highly successful series Hydrocarbon Habitats.