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.
«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