In today’s issue of DN they have a two-page article on failing student recruiting and drop-out in the first year of the petroleum program at NTNU. Some of our students are interviewed by the newspaper and the article is illustrated with photos in our labs. However, the article contains several errors, since there are still 19 students in the first year of studies, and total number of petroleum students in 1st – 5th years, incl. foreign students, is 266. However, it is of course worrying that so few Norwegian students applying to this program.
NPD has published preliminary production number for January, showing a liquid production of 2 024 000 bbls/day, which is a decrease of 2% compared to Desember, and a total gas sale of 11,6 GSm3 (+8%).
NTNU and Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland has an INTPART cooperation related to Integrated Operations and the development of oil fields off shore Newfoundland. As part of this Professor Lesley James is visiting this week. Tuesday at 13:15 she holds a lecture at the department entitled “Remote & Harsh Field Development Offshore Newfoundland, Canada”. The lecture is held in P10 at the Petroleum Technology Center.
Pål Kibsgård graduated from NTH, now NTNU, with an M.Sc. degree in petroleum engineering in 1991, and after a few years in Esso he was brought to Schlumberger where he has worked for 20 years. He has risen through the ranks in the company until he in 2011 became CEO. The web newspaper Nettavisen writes today about his career with great attention to his fantastic salary, and he is probably the Norwegian who has the highest salary. Kibsgård was invited keynote speaker during our IO conference in 2013 and returned in 2014 for signing a cooperation agreement between NTNU and Schlumberger.
In the Fall of 2015, a delegation from NTNU visited Singapore, headed by NTNU’s Rector. From the department attended Egil Tjåland and Ole Torsæter. Ole was at the time on a research stay at research institute A*Star, where he was an advisor for building a lab for enhanced oil recovery. Today there was a return visit to NTNU from Singapore. Those who visited NTNU were Sam Tan Chin Siong, representing Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Manpower, and Timothy Fang, representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Country Officer, Europe Directorate.
The department have been granted funding from the Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) for the partnership program “Green Management of Mineral Resources” (GEMMS).
The goal for GEMMS is to formalize cooperation with Texas Tech University (TTU), Dep. of Geosciences, by offering MSc. and PhD. Students within bedrock and ore geology 1-6 months at each university. Students will be funded travel and accommodation and the opportunity to attend classes, perform laboratory work and field training. Professor Rune Berg-Edland Larsen leads the project, which has a budget of NOK 2 million spread over a period of 4 years, starting January 2017.
Today the Ground Breaking Ceremony was arranged at the NED University in Karachi for a new building that will house The Norwegian Centre for Excellence in Petroleum Studies (NCEPS). The centre is financed via a program administrated by the Norwegian Embassy in Pakistan and is a collaboration project between NED og NTNU. It was formally inaugurated 3 years ago with NTNU as participant
Oil and Energy Minister Terje Søviksnes opened today the FME Centre Norwegian Research Centre for Hydropower Technology, HydroCen. Department of Energy and Process, NTNU is host for the centre, with Professor Hege Brende as Centre Director. Department of Geoscience and Petroleum is partner in the centre.
Morten Jensen heads Schlumberger’s Technology Innovation Center (STIC) in Silicon Valley, California. Friday he presented the STIC’s objectives and actives for NTNU’s students and faculty, with an invitation to NTNU on collaboration.