As reported by DNB and published on Bloomberg chat June 7.
“TGS CEO Kristian Johansen held an industry talk/webcast this afternoon. One of the focus points was on new technology and he spent a considerable time on the node/ocean bottom seismic development. TGS see a trend of new ocean bottom seismic companies emerging with lower cost solutions and they expect that this will continue going forward to a more competitive level versus traditional streamer surveys. On numerous occasions the CEO commented that the ocean bottom development is something they follow very closely, to a level where they are already working with some of the leading players and that this could be the future of the seismic industry. According to TGS, ocean bottom should be the highest growth area going forward and oil companies have a higher appetite for this survey method now. Ocean bottom surveys are still more expensive compared to traditional towed streamer surveys, however, the data quality is significantly better. This development is getting increasing attention in the industry, and could be a risk for both traditional vessel owners but also the value of existing conventional 3D multi-client libraries.”