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A look back at the IOR NORWAY 2017 opening

Almost 350 participants attended the opening of the combined EAGE European IOR Symposium/IOR NORWAY 2017.

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    State Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Mrs. Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, opened the conference.
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    State Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Mrs. Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, and Jostein Dahl Karlsen (also from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy) listens to one of the researchers joining the conference.
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    There were not enough seating during Professor Aksel Hiorth’s (The National IOR Centre of Norway) presentation on the IORSim.
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    State Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Mrs. Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, opened the conference.
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    Aina and Arild Schiøld performed during the opening of the conference.
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    Aina and Arild Schiøld performed during the opening of the conference.
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    Conference attendants helping themselves to some lunch the first day of the conference.
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    Lunch served outside Tjodhallen.
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    PhD student Mona Wetrhus Minde from the National IOR Centre of Norway.
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    PhD student Samuel Erzuah (in front) from the National IOR Centre of Norway.
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    Postdoc Pål Østebø Andersen (in the back) from the National IOR Centre of Norway.
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    PhD student Tijana Voake from the National IOR Centre of Norway.
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    Gro Alstadsæther from IRIS at the IOR NORWAY 2017 registration desk.
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    PhD student Jaspreet Singh Sachdeva (to the right) from the National IOR Centre of Norway.
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    Conference attendants mingling outside Tjodhallen.
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    Tjodhallen was one of the venues for presentations during IOR NORWAY 2017.
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    It's rock science! – IOR video game.

Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, opened the conference by introducing the Norwegian IOR strategy. Since the topic for this year’s conference is sustainability, she drew the line to the Paris Agreement and the climate goals.

Rogalands Avis joined the lab tour on the first day of the conference.  

«The energy produced needs to be as clean as possible, but it will be extremely difficult to reach the goals in the Paris Agreement without continued production of oil and gas,» she concluded.

Opportunities and challenges

The State Secretary admitted that tapping the potential oil from the Norwegian Continental Shelf is demanding.

«But let me be clear; improved oil recovery is very hard and very good resource management. IOR will be prioritized by this government,» she said – and took the opportunity to ask the voters for re-election this autumn.

Tybring-Gjedde also stated that the oil resources in the North Sea represents long-term opportunities – and challenges.

«We have to meet this challenge jointly,» she summed up.

Four days packed with IOR

In addition to Tybring-Gjedde, Rector of the University of Stavanger, Marit Boyesen, also welcomed the participants.  She listed last year’s achievements of the National IOR Centre of Norway.

TV Vest made this interview of Centre Director Merete Vadla Madland. 

«IOR means improved oil recovery – also understood as more environmentally friendly production of oil. The IOR Centre is an important arena for doing exactly that,» she said.

The director of the National IOR Centre of Norway, Professor Merete Vadla Madland, and the chair of EAGE, Professor Ann Muggeridge, joined forces when they welcomed the attendees together:

«Share your ideas. Learn from each other. Enjoy the combined EAGE European IOR Symposium/IOR Norway 2017,» was their call to the audience.

The rest of the day contained technical programme in the topics Low Salinity and Conformance. Director of Research at the National IOR Centre of Norway, Professor Aksel Hiorth, held one of the day’s most popular presentations – Simulation of Sodium Silicate Water Diversion using IORSim. About 180 people attended his presentation.

Text and photo: Kjersti Riiber
 

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