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Subject: SML JIP issues RFP: Marine vibrator technology potential environmental impacts
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Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2016 18:49:52 +0000



The E&P Sound & Marine Life Joint Industry Programme (SML JIP) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to further understand the potential environmental impact and/or benefit of using marine vibrator technology for the acquisition of geophysical data.


There is a range of source technologies and source methods currently under development aimed at delivering an alternative technology to compressed air source for use in geophysical data acquisition. Marine vibrator technology is one such alternative currently under development, and is the technology of specific focus for this RFP. This preliminary desk-top study will evaluate the available source measurements from marine vibrator designs currently under development in order to complete an informed comparison with compressed air sources and better understand the potential environmental impacts of marine vibrator technology and its operating conditions. These impacts could include those which might call for further investigation due to the nature and magnitude of the risk potential identified in this preliminary study.


This study will build upon previous SML JIP research which completed an environmental assessment of marine vibrator technology using a set of hypothetical source characteristics compared to a conventional compressed air source array.


Applicants will need to demonstrate expertise on acoustics, geophysical exploration sources, data quality and acquisition methods, and the biology of marine mammals, fish, and invertebrates. It also preferable for applicants to have experience of working on Environmental Assessment within the oil & gas industry.


The RFP can be downloaded from the SML JIP website here:


The deadline for proposal submission is 7 October 2016.


If you have questions regarding this RFP or the SML JIP, please send an email message to


Sarah Lindsay Tsoflias

Communications Committee Chair

E&P Sound & Marine Life Joint Industry Programme

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