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IOR NORWAY 2019 summed up

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.

People gathered at a conference. IOR NORWAY 2019 is history. Almost 250 participants attended the conference in Tjodhallen. Photo: Marius Vervik

«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.»

Conference proceedings

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.

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«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, COmust be adressed. CO2-EOR can be a good stepstone for storage,» Guo said.

«Be proud»

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.

Presentations

Knut Åm – How do we get beyond R & D?

Gunnar Hjelmtveit Lille – Technology adoption is too slow – why we need to speed it up, and how

Roger Flage – Risk Analysis: Fundamental principles and IOR applications

Jon Sætrom – Uncertainty centric reservoir management to continuously improve our subsurface understanding

Remus Hanea – Robust Multi-Objective Field Development Optimization for the Mariner Asset

Mario Silva – Revealing the hidden: Phase partitoning tracers can lead to pure SORcery

Alex Hansen – The scale-up problem: A search for the missing link between the pore scale and the continuum scale

Colin MacBeth – Infusing 4D seismic data into the third wave of automation

Rolf Johan Lorentzen – History Matching Production and 4D Seismic Data and Application to the Norne Field

Yu-Shu Wu – Multiphysical Numerical Simulation of CO2-EOR Flooding

Ingunn Westvik Jolma – Can a petroleum engineer fix a broken heart? Technology transfer between the petroleum industry and medicine

Lesley James – Hibernia EOR Research Lab Introduction

Santiago Drexler – Challenge in IOR from heterogenous carbonate reservoirs of deep offshore Pre-Salt fields in Brazil

Text: Kjersti Riiber