New research center (Petro Center) to SINTEF/NTNU

Minister of Oil and Energy Kjell-Børge Freiberg congratulates SINTEF and NTNU with the new research center called LowEmission. The center is a so-called Petro Center, and will receive funding from the Research Council of MNOK 15 per year for 8 years. In addition comes support from industry partners and through in-kind funding from SINTEF and NTNU. From IGB Milan Stanko and Carl Fredrik Berg will be active in the center. Malin Torsæter in SINTEF will be the center leader. See also press release from the Ministry (in Norwegian).

MarMine Workshop on Exploration Stratetgies

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The MarMine project group is hosting a workshop on exploration strategies for Seafloor Massive Sulfides in January, and would like to invite all interested participants to join.

The workshop takes place at the Park Inn Hotel, Gardermoen, on January 24th, 2019, from 09:00.

For agenda and registration, please go directly to the registration form, here.

Registration deadline: 17th of December, 2018.

Graduation Ceremony in Dar es Salaam

ANTHEI, Angolan-Norwegian-Tanzanian-Higher-Education-Initiative, is a NORAD supported education project between University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) in Tanzania, Universidade Agostinho Neto (UAN)  in Angola and NTNU, strongly supported by Equinor Angola and Equinor Tanzania. The project started in 2012 with objective to help develop petroleum education at the two universities. Masters and doctoral candidates are trained to contribute to this in their home country, and NTNU contributes to the development of independent study programs at the universities. So far, 50 Masters candidates from Tanzania have been educated at NTNU as part of ANTHEI. Even though the candidates have obtained the degree from NTNU, each year a graduation ceremony is held at UDSM. This year was held last Friday, see photos. The event is reported by Guardian on Sunday og Sunday News in Dar es Salaam.

Chhatra Bahadur Basnet has completed final PhD exams

His dissertation is titled «Applicability of Unlined / Shotcrete Lined Pressure Tunnels for Hydropower Projects in the Himalayas». The evaluation committee consisted of Professor Jonny Sjøberg, Luleå University of Technology, Professor Rajinder Kumar Bhasin, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute and Associate Professor Randi Kalskin Ramstad, IGP, NTNU. The trial lecture had the title “Stress measurements in rock – recent developments, pros and cons, and future directions”. The supervisor has been Professor Krishna Panthi, IGP, NTNU.

Liyuan Chi has completed final PhD exams

The title of the dissertation is “Shock Compression and Fractures in Laboratory Rock Blasting”. The evaluation committee consisted of Professor Jose A. Sanchidrian, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Regional Manager Vegard Olsen, Franzefoss Pukk AS and Associate Professor Pål Drevland Jakobsen, NTNU. The trial lecture had the title “Blasting technology and explosives industry in China – a comparison to Europe”. Professor Zongxian Zhang, University of Oulu, has been the candidate’s main supervisor and Professor Charlie Chunlin Li, NTNU and Professor Arne Aalberg, the University Center on Svalbard have been co-supervisors. The research has been carried out at the University Center in Svalbard.