China's China Oilfield Services Ltd. (COSL) has been awarded a contract for 3D seismic acquisition covering a total area of over 4000sq km in Arctic waters.
The contract is COSL's "first great order" for 3D seismic operations in Arctic waters, the firm said.
While COSL didn't say where in the Arctic the contract is for, or for whom, it said it will be using its Hai Yang Shi You 720 service vessel on the seismic acquisition project.
The up to 12-streamer configuration Hai Yang Shi You 720, built in 2011, departed Kirkenes port, in the northeastern Norway, which leads out onto the Barents Sea, late April towing 4nm of seismic cable.
Norway recently released areas of the Barents Sea for exploration for the first in its latest licensing round, showing increased interest in the icy waters of the far north.