The Regional Deep Imaging Project

02 January 2019

MCG is pleased to present the Regional Deep Imaging Project, consisting of long offset regional 2D seismic lines covering the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. In 2018, MCG acquired 2,127 kms in the Barents Sea and in the North Sea (RDI18). The project continued in 2019 where 5,564 kms were acquired in the Norwegian Sea (RDI19). The RDI18 data is ready for licensing. The RDI19 data is in processing and will be finalized in the end of April 2020. 

The campaign will continue in 2020 (RDI20) with acquisition of 12,000 km in the North Sea (Norway, UK, Denmark and the Faroe Islands). The RDI20 acquisition will commence in May 2020.

Project Objectives:

Acquire a unique data set

  • New broadband seismic acquisition and processing with longer offsets and record length, unlike existing data
  • Extreme long seismic lines (100 – 1,200 km)
  • Cross border lines (Norway, UK, Faroe and Denmark)

Image deeper parts of the Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea and North Sea

  • Long-offset profiles that image large scale, deep seated, crustal structures beneath the Norwegian Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea and North Sea

 Better understand the tectonic setting

  • Possible to interpret large scale tectonics, Moho and basin geometry
  • Seismic lines will link released wells to validate new seismic interpretations



  • The processing is headed by the one of the survey sponsors in collaboration with MCG
  • DownUnder Geosolutions’ (DUG) center in London will undertake the processing
  • The Processing Sequence is designed to meet the requirements from the various survey areas

Expected results:

  • Improve the regional, geological understanding of the area with increased seismic imaging and coverage
  • Establish an updated, modern, basic sequence stratigraphy model based on the results of all the wells in the area
  • Combine previous work done on gravity & magnetic modelling with new seismic interpretation
  • Update deeper interpretation of existing seismic to fully understand the tectonic and depositional history of a basin
  • Define areas of potential new play types

Please see the GEO fold-out article from the September issue of the GEO Magazine for more information about the project: 

For further details, please contact

Tor Åkermoen
(+47) 952 11 965

Lars Ivar Leivestad
(+47) 977 14 997