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Multidisciplinary oil success

Since its inception in 2001, Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research has provided state of the art products for the oil industry.

Bilde brukt ifm tema Oljebyen Bergen i Hubro 01/2013. Forsker Aleksandra Sima ved Uni CIPR og en drone, som skal brukes til oljeleting.
INNOVATION IN PETROLEUM: The oil drone project is typical for the way Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research is always working to create new methods for enhanced oil production.
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Eivind Senneset (c)

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Centre for Integrated Petroleum Research’s (CIPR) ten-year spell as a National Centre of Excellence (SFF) came to an end in late 2012. Over this period the centre has developed on geological, physical and chemical processes to increase oil production.

”The secret to our success is our multidisciplinary approach to research,” says Arne Skauge, Director of Uni CIPR and Director of Research and Development at UiB’s Department of Chemistry.

”Every science subject has its own approach, which may not always be compatible. So we are proud that we have succeeded where others have struggled, and now we see that oil companies want to learn from us.”

A miniature oil company

At Uni CIPR, mathematicians, physicists, and geologists work closely together and learn from each other’s way of thinking. One of their goals has been to quantify geological data.

”When you quantify and customise mathematical models it’s easier to create virtual 3D maps of mountains and rock surfaces, whether on Svalbard or in Utah,” the Uni CIPR director explains.

The centre is organised just like an oil company. The researchers work to understand how processes are taking place in oil fields and finding methods to improve oil recovery. From the start the centre has consisted of a mix of academics and people from the oil industry, with experience from production and patenting.

Providing oil professionals

The centre has published around 900 articles in academic journals and 1,600 articles in other publications and magazines. Also, the centre has supplied the oil industry with professionals.

”Around 90 students and 200 master’s candidates have been trained by us. This may be our greatest contribution to the oil industry,” he suggests.

Even if UNI CIPR no longer holds SFF status, the centre is not thinking of reducing its level of ambition. Quite on the contrary.

”We wish to increase our activity, and the drone project shows that we are at the forefront when it comes to using new methods to improve oil recovery,” Skauge says in closing.

(Translation: Sverre Ole Drønen.)