Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has recognized two of our department colleagues with the awards “Society of Petroleum Engineers North Sea 2018 Regional Management and Information Award” to Professor Ole Torsæter and “Society of Petroleum Engineers North Sea 2018 Regional Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty Award” to Department Head Egil Tjåland. Congratulations to both!
NPD has published preliminary production numbers for April, showing a liquid production of 1868000 bbl/day (2% less than in Mars) and total gas sales of 10,1 GSm3 (-9%).
As an offspring of the IO Center at NTNU the 7th workshop on production optimisation is currently conducted in Rio, now with support of INTPART. Participants are, in addition to NTNU, universities and companies in Brasil, and the arrangement is held at Petrobras’ Research Center in Rio, CEMPES. Alexey Pavlov, Arild Nystad and Morten Hovd (Cybernetics) are among the participants from NTNU.
The ANTHEI project between Tanzania, Angola and NTNU is an education project supported by NORAD through the EnPe program, with additional funding from Statoil. The cohort that was admitted to NTNU in the fall of 2017 is the last in a long series. The 14 students from Tanzania in the cohort will complete their master’s degrees in 2019. Friday the annual workshop between students and Statoil was completed. The program includes a review of developments on Tanzanian offshore activities and discussions of the labor market for petroleum engineers in Tanzania.
The annual Karrierebarometeret (carrer barometer) shows that half av all technologi students want to work in the oil industry. Several large oil companies are now regarded as the most attractive employers. Statoil moves from a 23rd position in 2017 to 3rd this year, see article.
Based on the BRU21 report published in 2017, NTNU is in the process of launching a new PhD / Postdoc program called “Digital and Automation Solutions for the Oil and Gas Industry”. Up to 40 positions are advertised in all major newspapers and jobbnorge, see the ad here. Today, Universitetsavisa has interviewed Dean Olav Bolland about the new project.
A group of students in Petroleum Studies at NTNU participated in the regional (Europe and Russia) qualification held in Krakow, Poland April 9th-11th 2018, see report. The group is now qualified to participate in the finals held during the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2018 in Dallas, Texas 24th-26th September 2018. The group consists of Abdul Saboor Khan, Muhammad Umer Azam, Muhammad Iffan Hannanu, Subhi Sadigov, and Juan Manuel Montoza. Congratulations!
After several years of few student applications, the preliminary figures from Samordna opptak for 2018 show an increase in the number of applications to petroleum studies at NTNU, see Norsk olje og gass. Even though the number of applicants is much lower than desired, it may mean that the downward trend has been reversed. Norsk olje og gass estimates that 22000 new oil jobs will be needed to be filled until 2020.
Applicant numbers from The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service are now published. Bachelor in Geology at NTNU received the most first-choice applicants within geosciences. On the third place comes our Geotechnology-programme. The largest percentage increase (17%) in the number of applicants received Petroleum Sciences and Engineering at NTNU.
The head of department Egil Tjåland states the following: I am pleased that our study programs have an increase in applicants. We also see that for the first time since 2013 there is an increase in the number of petroleum science applicants.