Norway seeking to speed up offshore technology development

A task force in Norway has drawn up nine proposed measures to encourage the oil and gas industry to develop and apply more new technology to create value on the Norwegian shelf.

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OSLO, Norway – A task force in Norway has drawn up nine proposed measures to encourage the oil and gas industry to develop and apply more new technology to create value on the Norwegian shelf.

The group comprises representatives from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), various authorities, oil companies and industry suppliers, and OG21, Norway’s national technology strategy developer for the petroleum industry.

All the measures were put together during a joint workshop arranged by the NPD, under a mandate from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Gunnar Hjelmtveit Lille, managing director of OG21, said: “Good interaction between the authorities, oil companies, and suppliers is essential in order for technology to be developed, piloted, and applied. This is not just important for value creation on the shelf, but also so that we can continue to have an active, world-class supplier industry.”

Among the actions highlighted at the workshop were for the authorities to:

  • Establish clearer requirements and expectations for Norwegian licensees to develop a technology plan
  • Establish a system that provides an overview of technology needs on the Norwegian shelf
  • Facilitate industry cooperation on shared challenges and technology needs.

11/04/2019

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