Chevron has begun a Marine 3D Seismic program in the Beaufort Sea in the Northwest Territories. The National Energy Board approved the program after considering information provided by the company, various government departments and the environmental screening committee. The project entails the acquisition of up to 3,500 sq. km of 3D seismic data. The primary focus of the program will be an exploration license which Chevron acquired in 2010 for a work commitment of $103.3 million. Chevron has a second Beaufort Sea exploration license, which it obtained in 2008 for a $1.1 million work commitment. The surveys will take place approximately 90 km north of Herschel Island.