This year's conference was the 5th hosted by The National IOR Centre of Norway. 270 participants attended IOR NORWAY 2018, most of them from academia, but also industry and national authorities were represented.
Rector at University of Stavanger, Marit Boyesen, gave the opening speech, while Centre Director Merete Vadla Madland and State Secretary Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy followed up talking about the future of IOR research, the many young talents that will lead the way and IOR in a government perspective.
Tybring-Gjedde gave praise to the Centre for the "excellent results in the midterm evaluation". She also mentioned the high activity level on the NCS, and gave the petroleum students present an optimistic message; it is still important to educate brilliant minds to the oil and gas industry.
After her speech, she took the time to talk to some of the students.
"We need many of you in the years to come," she said to the students from the SPE Stavanger Student Chapter.
From lab to field
Day one of the conference was summed up with a debate. Professor Reidar Bratvold from UiS, Professor Mojdeh Delshad from UT Austin and Erik Søndenå from Petoro attended. The debate was chaired by Tor Øyvind Skeiseid, who also led the conference, and Jan Ludvig Vinningland from IRIS and the Centre.
"How do we get the experiments out of the lab and in to the field?" Tor Øyvind Skeiseid asked the panel.
"There were more willingness to test new technology earlier. We need to take risk on projects where we don't necessarily see the income in 10-20 years from now," Erik Søndenå from Petoro answered.
"One of the reasons that companies are not investing in field tests, is the personal risk. You have to spend a lot of money now, for income that might not show up," Reidar Bratvold added.
Mojdeh Delshad said that the answer might be a number of smaller tests to reduce the risk.
"Smaller and cheaper tests with quicker response can be a solution," she said.
Professor Lawrence Cathles III from Cornell University summed up the conference at the end of day two.
"This has been a unique and very thought-provoking meeting at the mid stage of an ongoing project," he said refering to the midterm evaluation of the Centre.
"The Centre has made a great impact already. Now one big challenge remains: How to tie it all together in just 3 years," Cathles continued.
The renown Professor told the students to appreciate meetings like IOR NORWAY.
"This is about as good as it gets in a meeting," he said.
Presentations (pdf) in chronological order:
Merete Vadla Madland, The National IOR Centre of Norway: IOR NORWAY 2018
Ingvil Smines Tybring-Gjedde, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy: IOR in a government perspective
Arvid Østhus, NPD: NCS - Even more to gain
Gunnar Hjelmtveit Lille, OG21: The promise of technology to unlock value on the NCS
Mojdeh Delshad, University of Texas, Austin: Recent advances in chemistry and design expand applicability of polymers to high temperature/high salinity in low permeability sandstone and carbonate reservoirs
Bergit Brattekås, The National IOR Centre of Norway/UiS/UiB: Core scale EME for IOR: experiment- modelling-experiment
Aksel Hiorth, The National IOR Centre of Norway/UiS/IRIS: Simulation Tools for Predicting IOR Potential on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
Dario Grana, University of Wyoming: Stochastic approaches to seismic reservoir characterization for improved modeling and prediction
Morten Jakobsen, The National IOR Centre/UiB/IRIS: Time-lapse full-waveform inversion as a smart monitoring tool for future IOR
Jarle Haukås, The National IOR Centre/Schlumberger: Analysis of enhanced permeability using 4D seismic data and locally refined simulation models (presentation not available)
Alfred Hanssen, ARCEx: Seismics in the Arctic: Ice and Bubble Generated Noise
County Mayor Solveig Ege Tengesdal: Norwegian Energy Solutions
Sigmund Stokka, IRIS/DrillWell: DrillWell – Drilling and Well Centre for Improved Recovery
William Rossen, TU Delft: A Laboratory Study of Foam for EOR in Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
Matthew Jackson, Imperial College, London: Zeta potential changes at mineral-brine and oil-brine interfaces control improved oil recovery during smart waterflooding
Lesley James, Memorial University of Newfoundland: Smart SCAL for Smart IOR Solutions
Ana Todosijevic, Wintershall: EOR Competence along the Value Chain
Tor Bjørnstad, The National IOR Centre of Norway/IFE: Nanoparticles as oil detectives
Ann Muggeridge, Imperial College, London: Screening for EOR and Estimating of Potential Incremental Oil Recovery on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
Danielle Morel, TOTAL: Innovation and Standardization for an agile EOR deployment
Aojie Hong, The National IOR Centre of Norway/UiS: What would be the best time for IOR? – Fast analysis in a decision analysis framework
Signe Kjelstrup, NTNU: Energy efficiency in the process industry: Learning from nature
Text: Kjersti Riiber