University of Stavanger together with NORCE, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) and University of Bergen, are the main research institutions in NCS2030.
University of Stavanger
The university has a long track-record and worldwide recognition in both education and research in the field of petroleum engineering and has been fundamental for the development of the petroleum industry in Norway and the Stavanger region with management of large industry- and RCN-sponsored projects. A major strength of University of Stavanger is the multidisciplinary integration between geosciences, reservoir engineering, reservoir chemistry, EOR/IOR, modelling and decision making, together with computer science, economy, risk analysis and social sciences. UiS is also well-equipped with experimental laboratories and digital infrastructure. NCS2030 is aligned with the university’s 10-year strategy focusing on the transition to green energy. The specific competence available at the Department of Energy Resources within subsurface together with the Department of Safety, Economics and Planning, and the Business School fits with the skills needed for NCS2030. All researchers have excellent publication records and impact within the key areas of expertise for the Center’s activities.
NORCE is one of Norway's largest independent and multidisciplinary research institutes. NCS2030 goals are well aligned with the NORCE strategy within Sustainable Energy Production. NORCE has long and broad experience in hosting large and complex research centers and has a large portfolio of CCUS and hydrogen related projects funded by national and EU research programs. Relevant groups of highly competent researchers in subsurface digitalization, computational geosciences, computational modelling, geochemistry, geomechanics, well completion and P&A, IOR, CO2 leakage monitoring and risk mitigation, etc. will be directly involved in NCS2030. NORCE competence in environmental, climate and social science will assist the NCS2030 research.
IFE has since 1948 been a frontrunner in international energy research. IFE contributes to new solutions in renewable energy and petroleum industry, more energy-efficient industrial processes, zero-emission transport solutions and future-oriented energy systems. IFE has extensive infrastructure and full-scale laboratories where theoretical models are transformed into commercial activities. Relevant competence of IFE in NCS2030 is advanced reservoir technology which includes laboratories for tracer technology and fluid migration studies, research groups working with basin modelling, simulation, multiphase modelling (e.g. Olga) and artificial intelligence.
University of Bergen
UiB and the Department of Physics and Technology has a record of producing high-quality research related to NCS2030. The Reservoir Physics Group has developed technologies for mitigating climate change and securing energy supply. Research focuses on multiphase flow in heterogeneous and fractured reservoirs, hydrate technology, in-situ fluid saturation imaging, integrated EOR (IEOR), CCUS, CO2 EOR and CO2 storage, and foam in CO2 mobility control.
NCS2030 will collaborate with University of Oslo, University of Tromsø and 13 international academic institutions, as well as the Petroleum Research School of Norway (NFiP). The industry partners include seven major operators on the Norwegian shelf, two major technology suppliers, as well as eight innovation companies that will ensure high relevance and societal benefits.