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The 7th IOR NORWAY is arranged 26-28 April 2021. The digital event will be co-organized with the 14th International Symposium on Reservoir Wettability and its Effects on Oil Recovery.

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26th April: Symposium on Reservoir Wettability
27th April: IORc NORWAY, day 1
28th April: IOR NORWAY, day 2
Daryna Lishchenko
Sandra Cederholm and Karoline Lillehammer
Tor Øyvind Skeiseid
Marie Herredsvela and Maria Bue Kessel
Tina Puntervold
Aksel Hiorth
Ying Guo
Ronald Maritvold

About the conference

«A unique opportunity to engage with IOR professionals and researchers from Norway as well as Europe and further afield.»

IOR NORWAY 2021 and the 14th International Symposium on Reservoir Wettability and its Effects on Oil Recovery will be arranged 26-28 April.

The National IOR Centre of Norway organizes an annual conference with more than 300 participants, IOR NORWAY. The 2021 edition is the 7th conference organized by the Centre.

The distribution between participants from industry and academia is normally close to 50/50. These conferences have helped to bring industry and academia together, and as a direct result of the conference, several collaborative projects with industry and the research communities IFE, NORCE and University of Stavanger have begun. Our conferences have made the Centre visible nationally and internationally.


Tina Bru

Minister of Petroleum and Energy

Erik Holm Reiso

Rystad Energy

Ana Todosijevic

Wintershall Dea

Patrick Brady

Sandia National Laboratories

Ali Eftekhari

Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC)

Torgeir Stordal

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Kishore Mohanty

University of Texas at Austin


Symposium on Reservoir Wettability

In the symposium, Monday 26th April, we will focus on the main factors affecting reservoir wettability, how reservoir wettability could be described and/or measured, and optimized core restoration procedures to improve quality of laboratory data.

The symposium is divided into two main parts

  • Fundamentals of reservoir wettability
  • Wettability measurements, core restoration and reservoir wettability modelling

Monday 26th April

13:00 – 15:10 – Fundamentals

  • Opening with Tina Puntervold, UiS and Skule Strand, UiS
  • Patrick Brady, Sandia Laboratories – Electrostatics and Oil Recovery from Tight Formations
  • Zahra Aghaeifar, University of Stavanger – Importance of capillary forces during the Low Salinty waterflooding
  • Skule Strand, University of Stavanger – Effect of wettabilty on ultimate oil recovery during water flooding
  • Maxim Yutkin, KAUST – LSW with dilute seawater is inefficient
  • Maria Bonto, DTU – Measurements of electrokinetic properties of Indiana limestone with two different methods
  • Michael Levant, Total – Surface probing with Streaming Potential: the Polymer Flooding Scenario
  • Hassan Mahani, Sharif University – Pore-scale observation of brine-chemistry dependent oil recovery using a calcite microfluidic chip
  • Moataz Abu-Al-Saud, Saudi Aramco – Prediction of SmartWater Synergy with EOR in Carbonates Using Surface Complexation Modeling

15:30 – 17:30 – Core restorations, measurements, and modeling of wettability

  • Ingebret Fjelde, NORCE – Effects of mud exposure on established wettability conditions
  • Ivan Dario Pinerez Torrijos, UiS – Reproducing Wettability in Laboratory Core Restorations and the Influence of Solvent Cleaning on Carbonate Wetting
  • Ali Eftekhari, Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC) – A mathematical model for better core-scale analysis and faster field-scale simulation of modified-salinity water flooding
  • Asier Panadero, CEPSA – Experiences of numerical simulation impact on permeability curves determination
  • Jhonatan Jair Florez, University of São Paulo – Wettability changes on rock outcrop samples and synthetic plugs with mineralogy similar to carbonate reservoir
  • Jules Reed, Premier Oilfield Group – Wettability Restoration: What? Why? Where? When? How?

17:30 – End of programme


Tuesday 27th April

13:00 – 14:00Norwegian Continental Shelf towards 2050

  • Klaus Mohn, Rector, University of Stavanger
  • Ying Guo, Centre director, The National IOR Centre of Norway
  • Tina Bru, Minister of Petroleum and Energy
  • Torgeir Stordal, Director technology and coexistence, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
  • Sandra Cederholm & Karoline Lillehammer, Det store bildet, Norwegian Oil and Gas

14:00 – 15:00Alternatives for HC reservoir utilization combined with CCUS and Blue H2

  • Sveinung Hagen, Equinor – An introduction to Low Carbon Solutions in Equinor
  • Jim Stian Olsen, Aker Carbon Capture – Learnings from Blue Hydrogen production with Carbon Capture - a source for CCS and CCU
  • Ronald Maritvold, Horisont Energi – Barents Blue. A world scale clean hydrogen and ammonia project

15:30 – 17:00Energy-efficient recovery (smart water and polymer)

  • Bilal Rashid, BP Exploration – Low Salinity EOR in the field: Challenges and Benefits
  • Tina Puntervold, University of Stavanger – Is there a Smart Water EOR-potential on the NCS
  • Mahmoud Ould Metidji, SNF – Reducing Carbon Intensity While Maximizing Oil Recovery With Polymer-EOR

Wednesday 28th April

13:00 – 14:00Industry views

  • Bjørn Thore Ribesen, Vår Energi – Balder towards 2045
  • Gunnar Hjelmtveit Lille, OG21– The importance of IOR in the technology strategy for the Norwegian petroleum industry
  • Ana Todosijevic, Wintershall Dea – E&P industry contribution to secure and sustainable energy supply

14:00 – 15:00Value creation

  • Erik Holm Reiso, Rystad Energy – Technologies to improve NCS competitiveness
  • Geir Evensen, NORCE – Introducing ensemble methods for reservoir management
  • Aksel Hiorth, UiS – IORSim – adding more physics and chemistry to reservoir simulators

15:30 – 17:00 – Wettability – why is it important?

  • Kishore Mohanty, University of Texas – Corefloods to Evaluate Wettability Alteration
  • Steffen Berg, Shell – Spatial Wettability Distribution for Digital Rock Modelling
  • Anthony Kovscek, Stanford University – A pore scale view of wettability, voidage replacement ratio, and low salinity fluids

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