Oil and gas resources at the end of 2018

At the end of last year, NPD’s estimate for total proven and unproven petroleum resources on the Norwegian Continental Shelf was approx. 15.6 billion standard cubic meters of oil equivalents. This is an increase of 24 million since the previous resource account. So far, 47 per cent of the total resources have been produced. See NPD’s web.

Visit by Bangladesh’s ambassador

Bangladesh’s ambassador to Norway, Sweden and Finland, Mr. Nazmul Islam, visited the department today together with Bangladesh’s consul in Trondheim, Mr. Håkon Knudsen, and our former student Dr. Aminul Islam, now in Equinor. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the possibilities of establishing a collaboration between BUET in Bangladesh and NTNU, with the goal of building up petroleum education there. We have previously worked with BUET, led by Pål Skalle, and funded by NORAD through the NOMA program. From the department Alexey Pavlov, Sigve Hovda, Knut Backe and Jon Kleppe participated.

Network meeting for universities at Norog

Norwegian Oil and Gas (Norog) today arranged a network meeting at their premises in Oslo. Norog’s CEO Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen led the meeting, which focused on recruiting of students for petroleum-related studies at universities and university colleges in Norway. From NTNU participated Dept. Head Egil Tjåland, who also gave a presentation. See agenda and participants

New research agreement between NTNU and Equinor

A new Academy Agreement between Equinor and NTNU was signed today. The agreement is valid for 2019-2023, and is the third agreement since Statoil and Hydro Oil were merged. The focus is on research and education within 4 areas: 1) Research and education within the petroleum subjects, 2) Environmental impact on marine structures, 3) Digitization within energy systems and 4) Energy Transition. See also articles on the webpages of  NTNU and Equinor, as well as in Adresseavisen.

Chronicle in Adresseavisen on offshore mineral extraction

In yesterday’s Adresseavisen, Ingrid Schjølberg and Egil Tjåland have a chronicle on mineral extraction at sea, headed “Trondheim, the capital of mineral extraction at sea?”. The chronicle is a step in creating attention to this important subject area, after NTNU has led the way in establishing the network MarMine, which consists of key actors in academia and industry, with the aim of promoting research and eventually the extraction of minerals from the seabed.

Seminar om marin gruvedrift ble arrangert av IGP på Gardermoen i dag

IGP’s Kurt Aasly and Steinar Ellefmo arranged the seminar «MarMine workshop on Exploration strategies for Seaflor Massive Sulfides (SMS)» at Gardermoen today. The seminar was arranged as part of the MarMine project and in addition to representatives from the project partners, speakers and delegates from national and international research institutions and industry had been invited. A total of 50 delegates joined the workshop. Agenda for the seminar can be seen here.

Professor Charlie Li has received Trondheim’s Door Opener Prize

During an event yesterday, Professor Charlie Li was awarded the Door Opener Prize by the mayor of Trondheim, see here. The prize is awarded to persons who market Trondheim and the region through cultural, sports and congressional events. Charlie received the prize because in 2018 he was behind the 3rd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications (RocDyn) in Trondheim with 170 participants from all over the world. And next year the very large conference Eurock 2020 with 700 participants be arranged in Trondheim and Norway for the very first time.