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Kongsberg wins CAGE contract to build two Arctic gas leak detection observatories

15th October 2014

The technology company Kongsberg Maritime is building two ocean observatories for CAGE (Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate) to be deployed off the coast of Svalbard next year, to monitor the methane leaks from the seabed

Kongsberg wins CAGE contract to build two Arctic gas leak detection observatories off Svalbard
Jürgen Mienert, director of CAGE signed the contract with Arild Brevik from Kongsberg Maritime. Also present were team leader in charge of observatories, Benedicte Ferré and oceanographer Anna Silyakova, post.doc. Photo: M. Sojtaric/CAGE

“It is the first time that research is being done on the entire methane emission system from the seabed to the atmosphere,” said Benedicte Ferré, team leader at CAGE responsible for the observatories. “To measure these emissions we need a lot of instruments that are on the forefront of development.”

Recently CAGE signed a contract with Kongsberg Maritime to build two observatories that will eventually sit on the seabed off the coast of Svalbard for an entire year.

The observatories will include several instruments, be self-contained and wirelessly connected to the surface, sending data on a regular basis to CAGE scientists. Instruments will monitor methane release from the seabed to the water column as well as CO2, ocean acidification and circulation.

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