Marine seismic services company Shearwater GeoServices has been selected by Austrian integrated oil, gas and petrochemical company OMV to conduct towed streamer and node surveys over the Berling gas and condensate discovery on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Shearwater will be responsible for undertaking towed streamer surveys with ocean bottom nodes over the Berling discovery, for a period of three months.

The hybrid survey, which will span 1,040km², is due to commence in July 2023.

Shearwater is planning to use its advanced vessels, SW Tasman and Oceanic Vega, to lead the operations.

SW Tasman will be operated as a remotely operated vehicle node deployment vessel. It will deploy the nodes prior to Oceanic Vega acquiring the multi-Azimuth towed streamer survey.

Shearwater said in a statement: “Shearwater’s involvement in the Berling project will support OMV in realizing the field’s potential in sustaining Norway’s position as an important gas supplier to Europe, while also showcasing the company’s commitment to driving innovation and providing top-tier geophysical services to the oil and gas industry.”

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The Berling field development concept involves a four-slot subsea production template tied back to the Equinor-operated Åsgard B processing platform via a 24km pipeline for separation and treatment.

OMV is planning to drill three production wells at the Berling field, starting in the third quarter of 2026. The field is scheduled to start production in 2028.

As per the estimates, the field comprises gross recoverable reserves of 45 million barrels of oil equivalent.