Diskos in brief

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12.10.2015

The general rule is that all oil companies on the Norwegian Shelf are required to submit copies of all raw data related to seismic and drilling to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). The companies have to cover the cost of entering the data in Diskos, but this allows them to avoid expenses for storage and administration of the data. All members have access to their own data in Diskos, and to data in the licences in which they have an ownership interest. The authorities also encourage different licences that are drilling in the same geological formation to exchange the information they collect from the subsurface. This is a win-win situation for both parties.

 

DATABASE OPERATORS

Today, the Diskos databases are operated by CGG and Kadme. CGG operates the seismic, well and production database, while Kadme is the database operator for Trade (data exchange). All contracts run to the end of 2020, with an option to extend for a period up to three years.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Diskos is intended for the oil companies. Upon membership, they achieve several simplifications related to submission of required data to the authorities, own use and sharing of data in the licences or through swaps and sales. Today, all operators and licensees on the Norwegian shelf are members of Diskos, with the exception of the small company Skeie Energy AS.

All companies that report data to Diskos pay CGG fixed rates at upload, but only the members can retrieve the data again themselves. The rates are governed by the contract. The price for retrieving seismic is calculated based on volume. Well data is paid per wellbore on upload, but can be retrieved free of charge. The authorities, represented by the NPD, do not pay anything for retrieving seismic, but do not generate any income from Diskos either.

The Diskos members, together with general commercial players within exploration data, can also trade information on a voluntary basis or sell and buy from each other. The companies handle this part of the process themselves through the so-called “Geodata Trade Operator” (GTO) in cooperation with Diskos. The orders are then sent to Kadme, which checks the requests and is responsible for implementing the transactions.

Throughout the years, several models have been used for payment of the membership fee. Now, everyone pays the same, approx. NOK 400 000 a year, whether they are major or minor users. The membership fee is exclusively used for administration, joint projects and operation of the system, most of the funds go to CGG as the database operator.

The total value of the Diskos contracts, three with CGG and one with Kadme, is approx. NOK 250 million allocated over a six-year contract period. This figure is quite uncertain, as it is based on data volume forecasts.

 

ASSOCIATED MEMBERS

The 19 associated members (Non-Oil Companies) are generally companies that aquire seismic (Spec companies) and various consulting firms. They pay a fixed annual membership fee of about NOK 140 000. Otherwise, they pay the same as the oil companies to upload and extract data from the database, but as they cannot hold seats in Diskos’ governing bodies’ (Management Committee and Steering Group), they do not have any influence on the cooperation.

 

UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS

The universities and Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) are also a type of associated member, but in another category: Universities and Government Non-Profit Research Organisations. They can become members for free and can download a certain volume per year at no cost.

 

NON-MEMBERS

Non-members do not have the same access to data as the others and must obtain the information from Diskos as a “public user”. This means that they can request access to non-confidential public documents in the usual manner and request physical copies (digital data delivered on magnetic tape or USB drives). Since this service is more labour-intensive, it can cost up to 10 times as much as the members who receive data online.

Members

 

THE 57 MEMBERS (at July 2015)
A/S Norske Shell
Atlantic Petroleum Norge AS
Bayerngas Norge AS
BG Norge Limited
BP Norge AS
Capricorn Norge AS
Centrica Energi
Chevron Norge AS
Concedo ASA
ConocoPhillips Norge
Core Energy AS
Dana Petroleum Norway AS
DEA Norge AS
Det norske oljeselskap ASA
DONG E&P Norge AS
E.ON E&P Norge AS
Edison Norge AS
Eni Norge AS
EnQuest Norge AS
Explora Petroleum AS
ExxonMobil Explor. and Prod. Norway AS
Faroe Petroleum Norge AS
Fortis Petroleum Norway AS
GDF Suez E&P Norge AS
Hess Norge AS
Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS
INPEX Norge AS
KUFPEC Norway AS
Lime Petroleum Norway AS
Lotos Exploration & Production Norge AS
Lukoil Overseas North Shelf AS
Lundin Norway AS
Maersk Oil Norway AS
MOECO Oil & Gas Norge AS
MOL Norge AS
Noreco Norway AS
North Energy ASA
Oljedirektoratet
OMV (Norge) AS
Origo Exploration AS
Petoro AS
Petrolia Norway AS
PGNiG Upstream International AS
Premier Oil Norge AS
Pure E&P Norge AS
Repsol Exploration Norge AS
RN Nordic Oil AS
Skagen44 AS
Spike Exploration Holding AS
Statoil Petroleum AS
Suncor Energy Norge AS
Svenska Petroleum Exploration AS
Talisman Energy Norge AS
Total E&P Norge AS
Tullow Oil Norge AS
VNG Norge AS
Wintershall Norge AS

 

ASSOCIATED MEMBERS:
CGG Services (Norway) AS
Dolphin Geophysical
EMGS ASA
Envision AS
Estimages Norge AS
Exploration Geosciences
Exploro AS
First Geo AS
Ikon Science
Landmark Graphics AS
Multiclient Invest AS (PGS)
ORG Geophysical AS
Rock Solid Images Inc.
Schlumberger Information Solutions AS
Searcher Seismic ASA
Spectrum
TGS-NOPEC
Well Design Online AS
WesternGeco AS

 

UNIVERSITIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS:
Universitet i Oslo
Universitet i Bergen
Universitet i Stavanger
Universitet i Tromsø
Norges teknisk-naturvit. universit. i Trondheim
Norges geologiske undersøkelse (NGU)

 

MEMBERS IN DISKOS

MEMBERS IN DISKOS

 

EACH MEMBER’S SHARE OF THE JOINT COSTS IN DISKOS

EACH MEMBER’S SHARE OF THE JOINT COSTS IN DISKOS