Extended collaboration with Statoil?

The Akademia agreement between University of Stavanger (UiS) and Statoil goes towards an end. 28 September, a delegation from Statoil visited UiS to discuss a possible extension of the agreement.

Statoil and UiS signed the Akademia agreement autumn 2013. The agreement gives UiS 6 million kroner to spend on research each year over a five-year period.

Now the agreement goes towards an end, and the discussion of a possible extention of the agreement has started.

The purpose is to stimulate basic research and education in areas of expertise and competence that are strategically important for both parties.

The money from Statoil is given with the following three main priorities:

  • Competence building and basic research in drilling and well technology
  • Competence building, teaching and/or research on improved oil recovery, integrated reservoir characterization and underwater technology
  • Research related to petroleum economics at the Business School at UiS


Thursday 28 September a delegation from Statoil visited UiS to see how the money has been spent, and to hear more about the university's plans for the future. Vibeke Haugen, Silje Berge and Roger Sollie from Statoil got to see the SEM (scanning electron microscope) lab, the geomechanics lab and the multiphase flow lab.

«This microscope ha really been of great importance for our research – almost revolutionary. With this microscope we have been able to explain the subsidence that has been an issue at Ekofisk,» centre director Merete Vadla Madland explained in the SEM lab.

«We can easily see the chemical changes in the rock, both chalk and sand stone,» phd student Mone Wetrhus Minde added.

Madland claimed that the Centre is world leading in chalk research, whereupon Vibeke Haugen from Statoil wanted to know why the Centre focuses on chalk.

«Chalk is complicated, and thus important to do research on, but we are equally involved in sand stone research,» Madland explained.

Long term testing

Madland showed the delegation the Geomechanics lab, and was proud to tell them about the long term tests.

«Some of the tests have been running for over three years. That's extremely complicated to accomplish. Our researchers have to be ready to move out to the lab at any time – in case something happens,» Madland said.

She also summed up the Centre's activity after beeing operative for almost four years. The Centre scientists have written almost 100 papers and delievered almost 400 conference contributions (posters and presentations).

«We try to be as visible as possible, and in that regard our PhDs play an important role. We give them arenas to meet the industry, the rest is up to them.»

«IOR is still important – maybe more important now than ever before,» Madland concluded.

Text and photo: Kjersti Riiber


Sist oppdatert av Kjersti Riiber (23.10.2017)

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