Nalcor Multiclient Data Investments

Nalcor is committed to investing in new multiclient geoscience data to unlock the next areas of offshore Newfoundland and Labrador that may contain material prospectivity, ultimately delivering new resources for the benefit of the people of the province. There are several such investments over the 2017 License Round, each of which is highlighted below.


2D Seismic Data

Since 2011, Nalcor, in partnership with TGS and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), have been carrying out one of the most comprehensive geoscience programs in the world. Over the Labrador South region a comprehensive grid of multiclient long-offset broadband 2D data has been collected. This data is available for license from our partner TGS.

Seabed Coring 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.

Satellite Seep Survey

In late 2010, partnered with Airbus – Defense and Space, Nalcor undertook a regional oil seep mapping and interpretation study. The satellite data acquired during this survey has imaged areas of potential natural seepage in various basins and highlighted potential new regions for oil exploration. Nalcor is continuing its partnership with Airbus – Defense and Space and is focusing its efforts on areas covered in the upcoming 2016 and 2017 license rounds. The satellite seeps survey is a multiclient survey and is available to industry from Airbus – Defense and Space.