This survey extends our successful West Loppa and Ice Bear 1 multiclient surveys northward and westward over open acreage.
The survey was designed after carefully mapping existing data, which indicated similar play types and petroleum systems to those found in the greater Bjørnøya Basin area:
- Jurassic/Triassic fault block plays likely containing oil and gas, on trend with the Skrugard and Havis discoveries seen in the West Loppa and Ice Bear surveys
- Cretaceous stacked submarine fan plays and clinoforms likely containing oil and gas
- shallow Tertiary regressive sequence play, containing mostly gas.
The survey covers an area designed to image these plays and terraces as well as Bjornoya and Leirdjupetbounding fault complexes to the east and faults to the west of the Bjornoya Basin, from south-eastern part of Stappen High in the west to the West Loppa terraces and the western part of Bjarmeland platform in the east.
Particularly interesting is the search for more Cretaceous submarine fans and stratigraphic plays as seen in the 2011 Ice Bear 3D survey and adjacent 2D data, as well as tracking and mapping the extension of the Jurassic and Triassic tilted fault blocks that are similar to the recently discovered Skrugard and Havis structures farther south.