The Hoop area in the Barents Sea (Norway) is a frontier province with limited well control. It was initially regarded as a gas-dominant hydrocarbon province, but explorationists are viewing the area with new interest after the successful Wisting oil discovery. Despite this success, the area is considered high-risk due to inefficient sealing, and the apparent absence of high-quality reservoir sands. This paper demonstrates how the integration of 3D seismic and 3D controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) data can help de-risk these uncertainties and generate new play models. The study suggests that such an integration can be avaluable workflow component for the 23rd application round in the area, and for drill-drop licence decisions.

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