inApril is the independent provider of Venator, the complete and fully automated ocean bottom node (OBN) based seabed seismic solution. We offer a step change in the safe and efficient operation of seabed seismic surveys by providing cost-effective technology options needed for exploring and developing the world’s ‘harder to find’ hydrocarbon reserves.
Our multi-disciplinary team of experienced industry professionals began working on Venator in 2012. The starting point was that oil companies well understood the superior imaging quality of seabed seismic data compared with towed-streamer solutions. However, companies continued to be deterred because of the historical high cost, duration and complicated logistics of conventional cable- and node-based systems. That is the challenge which we have successfully addressed.
Based on industry experience and feedback, we built Venator as a simple, robust and easy-to-operate OBN system. Our goal was to substantially lower the overall cost along with greater operational efficiency and increased safety. That is why we have based a high degree of automation in the system, in which every aspect of the operation is integrated. We achieved this by going back to basics, reassessing every aspect of the operation from node design and deployment to data management. In addition, our technology partners, some of Scandinavia’s most innovative companies, enabled us to devise many of Venator’s unique features, for example, the hands-free automated node launch, recovery and storage system as well as a fully automated data management system.
Venator is capable of launching and recovering more than 10,000 nodes from one vessel, at a speed of up to six knots, far faster than currently available systems. Its modular composition means its operations are scalable, and can be mobilized on vessels of opportunity around the world. In addition, the same nodes and automation system are suitable for every depth of operation from 0-3000 m.
We expect Venator to establish itself as the next generation, seabed seismic acquisition system. It is easily the most cost-effective and flexible in the market, and is independently manufactured. As such it will serve both oil companies and marine seismic contractors looking for a more accessible and commercially viable solution.
As of the latter half of 2017, Venator is fully tested through a series of sea trials and in-house test programs, and the system is now commercially available to the market. The system has already significantly expanded the opportunities for oil companies to make use of seabed seismic acquisition data. This includes exploration projects such as full- or multi-azimuth surveys which to date have been the preserve of costly multi-vessel towed-streamer operations.