Interpretation of satellite imagery to locate natural oil seepageNalcor uses Global Seeps to analyse the prospectivity of Newfoundland and Labrador offshore areas and help focus future exploration efforts
Airbus Defence and Space was contracted by Nalcor to undertake an oil seep mapping and interpretation study covering offshore areas of Newfoundland, Labrador and southwest Greenland
We are focused on facilitating the oil and gas exploration in Newfoundland and Labrador and the results of the Global Seeps study are valuable in detecting natural seepage and discovering potential new exploration areas.
Nalcor's Oil and Gas division holds and manages oil and gas interests in Newfoundland and Labrador onshore and offshore. The company has a long-term vision to maximise the beneﬁts of the oil and gas opportunities and resources in these areas. They are currently a partner in three offshore developments - the Hebron oil ﬁeld, the White Rose Growth Project and the Hibernia Southern Extension and are also the operator of an onshore drilling exploration program in Parsons Pond in Western Newfoundland.
The study covers over 1.5 million sq km
Airbus Defence and Space was contracted by Nalcor to undertake an oil seep mapping and interpretation study covering all offshore areas of Newfoundland and Labrador, linking into southwest Greenland. A wide range of satellite data was weather-screened to ensure its suitability for oil slick mapping. Suitable satellite scenes were purchased from our data suppliers and analysed by our technical image analysts for the presence of oil slicks. Each slick was characterised and ranked according to the probability of it being sourced from natural seepage or man-made pollution.
- Scene interpretation results including scene outlines, metocean interpretation details, ship trafﬁc and rig/platform information
- Slick interpretation results including slick source points, slick vectors, probable slick type and conﬁdence levels
- Digital geo-coded calibrated data for the full scene at 100-m resolution
- Slick subset images at 25 metre resolution
Potential seepage slicks offshore Labrador
The results of the study provide further insight and assessment of the geology and thus of the petroleum potential of the area. With direct access to the slick locations and their characteristics, exploration companies can analyse and plan more efﬁciently additional exploration activity in the region.
Nalcor have also integrated the slick locations with seismic data from TGS Nopec, and demonstrated that there is a positive correlation between some slick locations and subsurface hydrocarbon migration. The data collected will then also aid in the enhanced targeting of seismic acquisitions, increasing the odds of exploration success and minimising environmental impact. This type of result would signiﬁcantly advance exploration in any new frontier area.
Following the initial results of the study TGS Nopec and Airbus Defence and Space have signed an agreement to use the Airbus Defence and Space slick locations to plan and position TGS’s future seismic surveys in the region.