Oil and Gas

Recover for the future - The IOR Norway 2016 conference

A large international conference organised by the National IOR Centre of Norway gathered almost 300 people from oil companies, oil service, research institutes, universities and government to present and discuss research on increased oil recovery.

UiS Stavanger. Photo: Jan Nossen, IFEA wonderful start: Monday morning at the University of Stavanger (UiS). The conference was held April 26-27, with a related workshop on April 25.

The conference theme for IOR NORWAY 2016 was Recover for the future. The conference brought together around 300 representatives from oil industry, academia, R&D institutes and government. IFE was represented by a contingent of about 10 people from Tracer Technology and Process and Fluid Flow.

Compared to the IOR 2015 conference, this year’s event had a stronger focus on science and technology throughout the programme. Exceptions include talks by William Christensen, Head of Climate, Industry and Technology Department in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, as well as Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen, currently head of Norsk Olje og Gass.

Marit Boyesen, rector at UiS. Photo: Jan Nossen, IFEMarit Boyesen, rector at UiS, opens the conference.

Stand-up comedian Tor Øyvind Skeiseid. Photo: Jan Nossen, IFEStand-up comedian Tor Øyvind Skeiseid was a highly energetic master of ceremonies.

Per Gunnar Folstad from ConocoPhillips. Photo: Jan Nossen, IFEPer Gunnar Folstad from ConocoPhillips explains the enormous complexity of a mature oil field. Ekofisk has more than 340 wells.

Professor Axel Hiorth from IRIS and UiS. Photo: Jan Nossen, IFEProfessor Axel Hiorth from IRIS and UiS presents the use of the successful IORSim simulator developed in collaboration between IFE and IRIS on an idealized field case named Snurre.

IFE’s contributions

IFE’s successful collaboration with IRIS on a new simulator for transport of chemical species (for example salts and polymers) in oil reservoirs, IORSim, was presented by Professor Axel Hiorth from UiS and IRIS already last year. This year Professor Hiorth presented an application of the new simulator to a case study on injecting sodium silicate in an oil reservoir in order to increase recovery by stopping the flow in a zone with high water flow deep down in the reservoir.

Thomas Brichart at IOR 2016. Photo: Jan Nossen, IFEThomas Brichart, postdoctoral fellow in IFE’s tracer technology department, gave an excellent talk on the theme “Can fluorescent nano-objects be used as reservoir tracers?”

New at IOR NORWAY 2016 were PhD poster sessions. A total of 24 PhD candidates had sent in their posters, and presented their projects in one-minute sessions. One of them was Mario Silva, who is PhD student at UiS but has his daily workplace at IFE.

PhD candidate Mario Silva. Photo: Jan Nossen, IFEPhD candidate Mario Silva giving his one minute presentation of his project

The National IOR Centre provides solutions for improved oil recovery on the Norwegian continental shelf through academic excellence and close cooperation with the industry. Awarded by the Research Council of Norway after a national competition, the centre started up in December 2013. The centre's goal is to develop new knowledge and technology in order to increase recovery beyond projections under today’s field operation plans.

The IOR centre is led by the University of Stavanger, with research institutes IRISand IFE as core partners. Several other research groups, and 12 oil and service companies, complete the centre's list of partners and collaborators.

The centre will contribute to the implementation of environmentally friendly technologies for improving oil recovery on the Norwegian continental shelf and educate some 20 PhDs and six postdocs during the eight-year centre period.

2016-05-13 Text and photos: Jan Nossen, IFE