The sixth annual conference hosted by The National IOR Centre of Norway is history. Hopefully the participants got a refill of both knowledge and entertainment.
«Innovative work to ensure improved oil recovery has been happening for decades, but the concerted effort and the large dedicated team that work on a variety of technological paths here at the IOR Centre is unparalleled in Norwegian history.»
These are the words from mayor Christine Sagen Helgø (H) when she opened the IOR NORWAY conference. Sagen Helgø was refering to the strong collaboration between the Centre and industry partners.
«We are very glad that the IOR Centre is tackling the large challenges that their mandate gave them to solve. And that they work closely with the industry to make it viable and practical,» Sagen Helgø said.
Large scale testing and CCUS
Sagen Helgø was followed by Centre director Merete Vadla Madland and Arne Graue, leader of Petroleum Research School of Norway. In their opening speeches Madland stressed the need for large scale testing while Graue came with a greeting to the students.
«IOR NORWAY is one of the most important arenas for the PhDs to be exposed for the most recent research in this field,» he said while showing concern for all the negativity the oil industry is facing.
«The image needs to be improved. How can we attract the younger generation to this challenge? Investing in the recruitment by introducing them to Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) is the way forward,» Graue said.
«More knowledge each year»
Senior Business Developer at NORCE, Ying Guo, got to sum up the conference.
«Each year we get more knowledge. I get emotional when I see all the young talents that will take over – keep up the good work,» Guo said.
She also took the opportunity to talk about the importance of CCUS.
«This is the first year where CO2 is a focused topic. To meet the climate challenge, CO2 must be adressed. CO2-EOR can be a good stepstone for storage,» Guo said.
Ying Guo asked the audience a rhetorical question.
«We still need energy, right? We should be proud of producing fossile energy for the next two or three decades.»
Lundin's gift, data from the Edvard Grieg field, was off course mentioned in the summary from Guo.
«That was the highlight for me. The data from Lundin is a fantastic opportunity for the Centre, and also a great challenge,» Guo said.