Our vision

The vision of the NCS2030 is to be the scientific and technology driver to facilitate an energy-efficient, multi-purpose utilization of the subsurface into a “Sustainable Subsurface Value Chain” to reach the net-zero-emission goals.

Four main research areas are identified: subsurface energy systems, net-zero emission production, digitalization, and society. Transitioning the NCS into the future Sustainable Subsurface Value Chain requires a new way of thinking across disciplines. Increased understanding of the subsurface for hydrogen and CO2 storage, geothermal energy, in addition to efficient hydrocarbon production, are elements that the centre will focus on to achieve the goal.

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Centre activities

March has been a busy month for the NCS2030 team. Here are some of the activities.

Mennesker samlet rundt et møtebord.

Board meeting

13 March: NCS2030 had its first board meeting this year. On the agenda: Status for the research projects, economy, the annual report and the innovation process, among other things. Chair Camilla Vavik from Equinor led the meeting. Next meeting will be held in November.

Meeting with Slb

14 March: NCS2030 researchers visited Slb Tananger offices to discuss how build awareness on NCS2030 activities and define project cooperation within work packages 1 and 5. More than 50 people participated in the meeting with the presence of Slb management and technical personnel. PhDs Anaelle Guilevic and Daniele Blancone presented their PhD projects and challenges where Slb technology could support the activities.

Meeting with Aker BP

19 March: NCS2030 researchers from work packages 3 and 4 visited Aker BP offices in Hinna to discuss field case studies for energy management. The Low Emission Centre was invited to the meeting. Discussions focused on workflows and technologies that could be utilized to calculate energy consumption at the field and well area with the main goal of reducing energy consumption, thus CO2 emissions.

Webinar series

A monthly webinar will be arranged to highlight the centre, activities, and research.

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  • January 31: Xiaoan Zhong (UiS), Enhancing the Comprehension of the Zechstein Group for Subsurface Storage Optimization 
  • February 28: Jassem Abbasi (UiS), Physics-Informed Neural Networks (PINNs): Applications for history matching and interpretation of core-scale porous media experiments  
  • March 20: Nan Zhang (UiS), Leveraging Federated Computing for Cross-domain Knowledge Discovery and Utilization in Digital Subsurface
  • May 8: Tina Puntervold (UiS), Recap of 2024 Energy Norway Conference
  • May 28: Raoof Gholami (UiS), CO2/Hydrogen 
  • August 28: Jan Sagen (IFE), Near well modelling 
  • September 25: TBA
  • October 30: Daniel Kiss (IFE), Modelling fault reactivation and induced seismicity during fluid injection 
  • November 27: Veronika Abdulina (UiS) 
Nan Zhang
Jassem Abbasi
Xiaoan Zhong
Xiaodong Luo
Stéphane Polteau
Jungwon Seo
Felix Feldmann
César Patiño
Tina Puntervold
Zachary Alcorn
Viktoriya Yarushina

Work packages

Meet our PhD candidates

Daniele Blancone
Mahmood Fani
Veronika Abdulina
Sadegh Ahmadpour
Anaelle Guillevic
Hamed Vaseghnia
Yasaman Cheraghi
Norman Urrez

Master degrees related to NCS2030

In this section you will find links to all published master degrees from the centre.

Deniz Seyfeli: «Lithological Heterogeneities in the Zechstein Group: Compressed Air Energy Storage Opportunities in Salt Caverns»

Thashila Nawanjana Wickrama Arachchilage: «Surfactant-based Smart Water enhanced oil recovery in carbonate rocks»

Alfred Obo: «Enhanced oil recovery potential by carbonated water injection in Bentheimer sandstones»

Gustav Kvitvær: «Low-temperature carbonated water injection for enhanced oil recovery in chalk»

Emilie Alsaker Mathiesen: «Energy system modelling of offshore wind and power from shore integration into the Norwegian continental shelf: An analysis of potential decarbonization pathway scenarios towards 2050»

Nicolas Mauricio Galindo López: «Improvement of volumetric sweep efficiency during oil production using ECO-clay»

John Emeka Udegbunam & Reynel Isaac Villabona Gonzalez: «Federated Computational Workflow for Analysis of DISKOS Digital Palynological Slides»

Curtis Boateng: «Caprock Integrity Assessment of Geological Storage of Hydrogen in Porous Media»

Muhammad Tayyab Hamid: «Well Design for Safe Fluid Injection in Geo-Sequestration Sites»

Edgar Ricardo Del Pino Bullon: «Seismic Forward Modeling of internally layered and structured salt diapirs»

Aikaterini Kourtoglou & Housean Osead Buny: «Geological Evaluation of CO2 storage in depleted oilfields»

Solmøy Austbø & Paul Okoh: «Geothermal potential on the Trøndelag Platform, Norwegian North Sea»

Håvard Skipevåg & Olarewaju Samuel Balogun: «Tectono-sedimentary characteristics and basin modeling»

Associated & spin-off projects


The author(s) acknowledge the Research Council of Norway and the industry partners of NCS2030 – RCN project number 331644 – for their support.

How do we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals?

Affordable and clean energy, climate action and education are important contributions from NCS2030.

FNs bærekraftsmål

NCS2030 contributes to several UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) including SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) by building new competence and research solutions for the Sustainable Subsurface Value Chain, SDG 13 (climate action) by providing solutions for a NZE society by 2050; SDG 4 (education) by educating the new generation of professionals for the energy transition; and also SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth); SDG 9 (industry, innovation, and infrastructure) by building competence for new business opportunities; SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) by providing solutions for low-emission and effective utilization of the subsurface; SDG 14 (life below water) by safe subsurface storage of CO2/H2 and reduced water discharge to sea; and SDG 5 (gender equality) by setting the ambitious goal that at least 40% of center staff will be female.

Management team

Head of Department
Faculty of Science and Technology
Department of Energy Resources
Special Adviser
Innovation Director
R&D Director
University of Bergen
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty Administration TN
Project Support and PhD Administration TN
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty Administration TN

NCS2030 theses

Proposed master's thesis projects related to the National Centre for Sustainable Subsurface Utilization of the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

  • Deformation of unconsolidated sediments and its impact on CO2 storage

Supervisors: Viktoriya Yarushina (IFE, viktoriya.yarushina@ife.no), Reinier van Noort (IFE)

  • Modeling of induced seismicity during subsurface operations

Supervisors: Viktoriya Yarushina (IFE, viktoriya.yarushina@ife.no), Alexander Minakov (CEED, UiO)

  • Improved oil recovery by hybrid Smart Water – surfactant solutions

Supervisors: Tina Puntervold (UiS, tina.puntervold@uis.no)

  • Scale formation near wellbore – experiments and simulations

Supervisors: Tina Puntervold (UiS, tina.puntervold@uis.no)

  • Carbonated water injection for environmental oil recovery

Supervisors: Tina Puntervold (UiS, tina.puntervold@uis.no)

  • Unlocking hydrocarbons from tight reservoirs

Supervisors: Tina Puntervold (UiS, tina.puntervold@uis.no)

  • Subsurface mineral effects from CO2 storage

Supervisors: Tina Puntervold (UiS, tina.puntervold@uis.no)

  • Well stimulation for tight North Sea reservoirs

Supervisors: Aruoture Voke Omekeh (NORCE, arom@norceresearch.no)

  • Interactions of H2-phase with rock/minerals and fluid phases during geological storage of H2: Geochemical simulations (MSc)

Supervisors: Ingebret Fjelde (NORCE, Ingebret.fjelde@norceresearch.no)

  • Alteration of rock properties during geological storage of H2: Literature study (BSc)

Supervisors: Ingebret Fjelde (NORCE, Ingebret.fjelde@norceresearch.no)

  • Injectivity of carbonated water with different CO2 concentration into different rock types: Experimental study (MSc)

Supervisors: Ingebret Fjelde (NORCE, Ingebret.fjelde@norceresearch.no)

  • Rock integrity during injection of carbonated water into different rock types: Literature study (BSc)

Supervisors: Ingebret Fjelde (NORCE, Ingebret.fjelde@norceresearch.no)

  • Improvement of volumetric sweep efficiency during oil production using ECO-clay (environmentally friendly clay): Experimental study (MSc)

Supervisors: Ingebret Fjelde (NORCE, Ingebret.fjelde@norceresearch.no)

  • Optimization of reinjection of produced water into different reservoir types: Literature study (BSc)

Supervisors: Ingebret Fjelde (NORCE, Ingebret.fjelde@norceresearch.no)

  • Experimental work on multiphase flow and fluid production in core plugs

Supervisors: Pål Østebø Andersen (UiS, pal.andersen@uis.no), Dagfinn Sleveland (UiS, experimental)

  • Reactive flow modelling with presence of a catalytic reaction in porous media – an insight into hydrogen production in a porous medium

Supervisors: Reza Askarinezhad (NORCE, reas@norceresearch.no) and Arne Stavland (NORCE)

  • Hybrid Smart Water EOR methods for improved water management (incl. CO2 storage)

Supervisors: Tina Puntervold (UiS, tina.puntervold@uis.no)

  • Optimizing produced water reinjection for environmental oil recovery

Supervisors: Tina Puntervold (UiS, tina.puntervold@uis.no)

  • Wellbore and reservoir leakage detection and monitoring with downhole gauges

Supervisors: Anton Shchipanov (NORCE, ansh@norceresearch.no) or Hans Joakim Skadsem (UiS, hans.j.skadsem@uis.no)

  • Net-Zero effect of selected conformance improvement techniques at NCS – a preliminary study

Supervisors: Reza Askarinezhad (NORCE, reas@norceresearch.no) and Arne Stavland (NORCE)

  • CO2-based foams for conformance improvement at the NCS - Also to reduce CO2 footprint?

Supervisors: Reza Askarinezhad (NORCE, reas@norceresearch.no) and Arne Stavland (NORCE)

  • Laboratory study of selected water diversion techniques

Supervisors: Reza Askarinezhad (NORCE, reas@norceresearch.no) and Arne Stavland (NORCE)

  • Preliminary study of the LCA for various suitable conformance improvement techniques at the NCS

Supervisors: Reza Askarinezhad (NORCE, reas@norceresearch.no) and Arne Stavland (NORCE)

  • Use of conformance control chemicals as CO2 barrier for geological storage of CO2

Supervisors: Reza Askarinezhad (NORCE, reas@norceresearch.no) and Arne Stavland (NORCE)

  • Core images and ML tools in the public and private repositories for rock property estimation

Supervisors: Rong Chunming (IDE/UIS, chunming.rong@uis.no) and Nan Zhang (IDE/UIS)

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