Two companies received special recognition for their contributions to Arctic exploration: ION Geophysical for its under-ice seismic acquisition system and Transkor Group for its Aqua MTM technology. These companies are the first to receive Spotlight on Arctic Technology awards, bestowed by the Arctic Technology Conference (ATC). A panel of E&P professionals reviewed entries and selected the award recipients based on five criteria: new, innovative, proven, broad interest, and significant impact.
ION’s solid streamer design can withstand arctic temperatures and polar magnetics without degradation of equipment or data quality. Its proprietary towing system deflects the ice from damaging the cables in tow, keeping streamers within the planned fairway. The data gathering operation uses a dual-vessel system: a polar-class icebreaker to clear a path and a seismic vessel pulling the under-ice seismic acquisition system.
Transkor’s Aqua MTM (Magnetic Tomography Method) was developed by its R&D Center in Russia in a joint effort with Petronas (Malaysia). It is designed to assess the deformation state of ferromagnetic pipelines offshore. The technology is based on remote detection of a pipeline’s background magnetic field using an ROV. It can make measurements from up to 15 pipe diameters away.