Minimizing the footprint of Norway’s E&P Data Management

Case Study

SD Norway Green MountainGreen Mountain data center © EVRY

Challenge

Streamline Norwegian seismic, well and production data while minimizing its environmental footprint.

Background

Natural resources are often a country's greatest source of income and long-term sustainability. To protect and maximize the value of these resources, governments around the world are seeking to collect, quantify and broker data, most often by creating a national data repository (NDR).

In Norway, the Diskos database, launched by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), is a shared electronic storage and distribution solution bringing together 600 terabytes of seismic, well and production data. Members include 56 oil companies, service companies and Norwegian Universities.

In 2013, Diskos issued a call for tender to identify a new service provider capable of managing the growing volume of E&P data.

Solution

CGG’s Data Management Services (DMS) Business Development team designed a proposal that offered both productivity and environmental benefits. Their search for a data center site culminated in the selection of Green Mountain. This former NATO underground ammunition store on the island of RennesØy, operated by EVRY, a Scandinavian leader in the Datacenter market, inherits unique security features and benefits from 100% renewable and low-cost hydroelectric energy, produced in the nearby fjord. The data center’s low Power Usage Effectiveness* directly translates into lower operating costs.

CGG’s offer also entailed a partnership with Kadme to develop software that would enable Diskos members to take full advantage of open data in addition to the base's seismic, well and production data. The NPD and oil companies will now be in a position to superimpose production data, weather data, data on marine protected areas and the position and availability of anti-pollution equipment for better-informed decision-making.

Results

Our service offer combining advanced technology with low impact solutions retained Diskos’ attention.

In November of 2013, Diskos chose CGG to ensure the long-term storage and maintenance of digital seismic, well and production data and announced that they expected considerable savings.

* Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is determined by dividing the amount of power entering a data center by the power used to run the computer infrastructure within it.

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