The Regional Deep Imaging Project

16 August 2022

MCG is pleased to present the Regional Deep Imaging (RDI) 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 km in the North Sea and in the Barents Sea (RDI18). The RDI Project continued in 2019 where 5,564 km were acquired in the Norwegian Sea (RDI19) and in 2021 (RDI21) with acquisition of 8,566 km in the North Sea (Norway, UK, Denmark and the Faroe Islands). The RDI21 data was finalized from processing in July 2022. A total number of 16,200 km of long offset seismic 2D lines are now available for review. In addition to the seismic data, gravimetry and magnetic data is available.

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 Main Survey Sponsor in collaboration with Geoex MCG
  • DownUnder Geosolutions’ (DUG) center in London has processed the data
  • The processing sequence is designed to meet the requirements from the various survey areas

For more information about the RDI project, please see the GEO fold-out article from the September 2019 issue of the GEO Magazine and the GEO ExPro fold-out article from the December 2020 issue. 

Cooperation with The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU)

Gwenn Peron-Pinvidic (Senior Researcher at NGU and Adjunct professor at NTNU) has studied the Norwegian Sea data (RDI19) and the results has been published in two articles, in Tectonophysics (January 2022) and in Nature Comm. Earth & Environment (June 2022). To learn more, please have a read. 

Gwenn Peron-Pinvidic will also study the North Sea data (RDI18 and RDI21).

Contact us today for more information or for a data review.

Tor Åkermoen   
(+47) 952 11 965

Lars Ivar Leivestad
(+47) 977 14 997