Current Activity

New Geoscience Data

Newfoundland and Labrador basins are vast and largely underexplored. It’s been over two decades since the existing major oil fields were discovered offshore. Modern data acquisition technologies that are now used for exploration were not available 20 years ago – the application of these new technologies today, are being used to identify potential new exploration opportunities in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador.

Nalcor is committed to investing in new geoscience data to unlock the next areas offshore Newfoundland and Labrador that may contain material prospectivity. New play types that have never been seen before on the province’s offshore—play types that have yielded some of the leading discoveries in other regions of the world—have been identified. By getting involved in the early stages of exploration, Nalcor is systematically reducing uncertainty and increasing scientific knowledge of each basin—new insights that are delivered to and shared with the global industry.

The sections below detail the planned geoscience activity currently being undertaken by Nalcor.

Satellite Seep Data

Nalcor Energy, in partnership with Airbus Defence and Space, is undertaking a regional oil seep mapping and interpretation study of offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. The data acquired from this work is valuable in detecting natural seepage and discovering potential new exploration areas. The results of the study provide further insight and assessment of the geology and thus of the petroleum potential of the area.

Seep detection is a cost-effective tool to assist in the analysis of the prospectivity for both under-explored and mature offshore basins, and to help focus future exploration efforts. The data collected aids in the enhanced targeting of seismic acquisitions, increasing the odds of exploration success and minimizing environmental impact. With direct access to the slick locations and their characteristics, exploration companies can analyze and plan more efficiently additional exploration activity in the region. Click here to view Satellite Scenes in NESS.

2D Seismic Data

Nalcor is continuing its partnership with TGS and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) is carrying out one of the most comprehensive geoscience programs in the world. By the end of 2016, over 145,000 kilometres of modern broadband 2D multiclient data will be acquired offshore Newfoundland and Labrador. Click here to view 2D dataset in NESS.

3D Seismic Data

Nalcor in partnership with TGS and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has carried out the first multiclient 3D seismic data acquisition offshore Newfoundland and Labrador in advance of a scheduled license round. In 2015, a total of 4,600 square kilometres of 3D seismic data in the Orphan basin has been acquired and processed. Click here to view 3D dataset in NESS.

Surficial Geochemistry Project

In 2015, Nalcor invested in a multiclient geochemistry program with partners MG3 and AGI centred on collecting samples related to naturally occurring hydrocarbon surficial slicks and subsurface migration pathways with the aim of de-risking petroleum systems in our offshore. This has continued into a second survey completed in Q3 of 2016. These sampling efforts cover the Eastern & Northeastern Newfoundland and Labrador South offshore regions. Results of the 2016 geochemical analyses are expected in late 2016. Click here to view dataset in NESS.