LoVe on Infrastructure Roadmap

The Lofoten-Vesterålen Cabled Observatory (LoVe) is one of 14 new projects listed on the national roadmap for research infrastructure. The observatory will support a range of tasks including testing of new subsea technologies.

Published: 15 May 2014
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The plan is a cable with seven nodes placed fraom Vesterålen and across the continental shelf. The project opens a new approach to real-time monitoring of great importance for establishing a feedback management strategy on marine operations in sensitive ecosystems.

The system produces continuous information about the physical environment and effects on the ecosystem and its resources as well as on climate and geology.

First Node in Place

The first node of the system was installed in 2013 with funding from Statoil. This node is used to observe coral reefs and the marine environment at 250 meters depth.

You can find more information and date from the node at

The full node will support a range of tasks, including testing of new subsea technologies. Planned nodes will for instance collect data about natural leaks in the area, which will give basic understanding about the effect of petroleum activities in vulnerable habitats.

Possible to Join

The project is led by the Institute if Marine Research and has a budget of about 152 million Norwegian Kroner (NOK).

The Research Council of Norway is planning a new call with a budget of 600-800 million NOK in june 2014, with deadline for submission 15. October. If funded LoVe will provide many opportunities for the subsea supply industry.

NCE Subsea has supported various pre-projects and activities leading up to the LoVe project. We are planning a workshop in the autumn 2014 where companies are invited to propose solutions and technologies to be installed.

Read more about the Research Council of Norway’s programme for research infrastructure (external site).

Contact Information

Senior Facilitator
Jon O. Hellevang