inApril is focused on bringing about a step change in the economics and operation of seabed seismic surveys. We are dedicated to providing the cost-effective technology options needed for exploring and developing the world’s future ‘harder to find’ hydrocarbon reserves. To meet this longstanding industry requirement, we have developed the highly automated, node-based ocean bottom seismic data acquisition system,Venator.
Our multi-disciplinary team of experienced industry professionals began working on Venator in 2012. The starting point was that oil companies well understood the benefits of seabed seismic compared with towed-streamer solutions. Dramatically improved imaging is possible in many contexts, for example, prospecting in complex geological settings, 4D reservoir monitoring and surveying in obstructed areas. However, companies continued to be deterred from implementing many of these applications because of the perceived cost, duration and complicated logistics of conventional cable- and node-based systems. That was the problem which we have successfully addressed.
Based on industry experience and feedback, we built Venator as a simple, robust and easy-to-operate ocean bottom node 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 deployment, retrieval and storage system as well as a fully automated data management system.
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.
Venator is capable of deploying 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 intend to continue enhancing Venator’s industry-leading capabilities in the light of operational experience. 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 very costly multi-vessel towed-streamer operations.