Norway’s Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has been awarded a contract by oil and gas giant bp to deliver carbon capture and storage (CCS) 3D seismic acquisition over the Endurance reservoir off the UK coast.

The project is scheduled to begin in April 2022 at the reservoir site located about 90 miles (145 km) off the Teesside coast and around 53 miles (85 km) from the Humber coast and is due for completion in June. 

It is part of the Northern Endurance Partnership (NEP) which comprises bp, National Grid, Equinor, Shell, Total and ENI and aims to provide Net Zero Teesside and the East Coast Cluster common infrastructure needed to transport CO2 from industrial emitters to secure offshore storage in the North Sea. 

Source: bp

The Endurance survey marks one of the industry’s first publicised awards of a 3D acquisition contract in the North Sea specifically designed to address CCS project development challenges, according to Rune Olav Pedersen, President & CEO, PGS. 

He continued, “In the second half of 2021, we announced a sale of MultiClient data for CCS purposes and now we are very pleased to announce the award of an acquisition contract. This further strengthens our leading market position and is an important step in expanding our contribution to net zero transition.” 

“Numerous research reports estimate a significant need for CCS storage going forward. Even in the more conservative projections, seismic acquisition for CCS purposes is likely to constitute a significant new market for our industry.” 

In October 2021 the UK government selected NEP’s East Coast Cluster as one of the first two clusters to progress along the CCUS cluster sequencing process, contributing to the government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution.