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OBN seismic: illuminating advantaged barrels in the US GoM

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01 February 2023

OBN seismic: illuminating advantaged barrels in the US GoM

Report summary

The US GoM holds advantaged oil-weighted resources that are low-cost and have low carbon intensity. A key contributor to the sourcing of advantaged resources in the region is the Ocean Bottom Node (OBN) seismic technology. Since 2018, we estimate the OBN has illuminated over 370 million barrels of oil equivalent in mature fields such as Atlantis, Horn Mountain, Thunder Horse, and King Embayment. Read our insight to find out other benefits of the OBN technology and the current challenges it faces for continued usage.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • The cost of OBN
    • OBN gives operators a competitive advantage
    • Unlocking undeveloped areas
    • What remains to be seen
  • Need a seismic permit? Take a number, please
  • Energy transition
  • Appendix
  • Seismic corporate landscape

Tables and charts

This report includes 6 images and tables including:

  • Seismic acquisition - towed streamer versus Ocean Bottom Node
  • Seismic permits approval and the average wait time (2017 - 2022)
  • US GoM multi-client and proprietary permits between 2012-2022
  • Proprietary permits by operator (2012 - 2022)
  • US GoM fields with OBN permits or permits in progress
  • US GoM deepwater multi-client OBN library

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    OBN seismic: illuminating advantaged barrels in the US GoM

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