- March 19, 2009
- Posted by: EARSC
- Category: Archive
(19 March 2009) Infoterra Ltd, a leader in the provision of geographic information products and services, has been appointed to undertake an oil slick mapping and interpretation project over Baffin Bay for Nunaoil, the National Oil Company of Greenland.
This project will begin in July and extend through to October, with the acquisition of approximately 480 radar satellite images over the 240,000 km2 area.
Infoterra’s team of experts will characterise and rank all oil slicks as probable natural seepage or man-made pollution immediately the satellite imagery is received and will report the results to Nunaoil on a weekly basis. This approach is a powerful method for assessing the probability of the presence of a mature source rock and an active petroleum system, saving both time and money. The team will also map the location and movement of all sea-ice and icebergs visible on the imagery.
“Offshore Baffin Bay is a frontier exploration region so this ranked seep data from Infoterra will prove extremely valuable to our exploration teams. In this area ice can be a major issue for us, so this study of the ice flow will enhance our knowledge and therefore enable more efficient planning of field surveys,” stated Mette Runge, Geologist for Nunaoil.
Seep data over Baffin Bay will be added to Infoterra’s Global Seeps database which is available to be licenced by oil exploration companies to help focus exploration effort and minimise environmental impact.
About Infoterra Ltd
Infoterra Ltd is a leading provider of geographic information products and services. Its portfolio of geographic information solutions includes airborne and satellite data acquisition, geo-information creation, database management and outsourced hosting. Infoterra provides geospatial knowledge to companies worldwide to help them make informed decisions. The company has major customers in government, defence, insurance, utilities, engineering and oil, gas & mineral exploration.
Infoterra Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astrium, Europe’s leading space systems and services specialist. Infoterra Ltd, which incorporates Imass Ltd, is part of the Infoterra Group, which also comprises companies in France, Germany, Hungary and Spain.
Nunaoil A/S is the National Oil Company of Greenland. It was founded in 1985. The Government of Greenland and the Government of Denmark jointly owns the Company. Nunaoil has a share in all hydrocarbon licenses in Greenland. The Company aims to generate and encourage new interest in oil and gas exploration in Greenland. Nunaoil’s approach is, through comprehensive co-operation with the oil industry present in Greenland and information to the local society, to facilitate the operations of the international oil industry.