The search is on for a new winner of the IOR award

Source: press release, 31 January 2022

Anders Soltvedt and Arvid Østhus – two of many in the NPD who are passionate about improved recovery – with IOR diplomas from earlier years adorning the walls of the NPD’s building
Anders Soltvedt and Arvid Østhus – two of many in the NPD who are passionate about improved recovery – with IOR diplomas from earlier years adorning the walls of the NPD’s building (photo: NPD)

“A major recognition and very motivating,” was the immediate response of researcher Geir Evensen of the Norce research institute when asked how it felt to win the award for improved recovery (IOR) in 2020.

The next time the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will be handing out the IOR award is at ONS 2022, and now we are looking for candidates who deserve to win.

Positive ripple effects
“Winning the award has led to a number of positive ripple effects for Norce and for me as a researcher – we’re very proud and delighted. The work we’ve been doing for many years has now been recognised, and the results and methods are very visible,” says Evensen.

He adds, “The work has been elevated to an entirely different level, and we’ve received attention far beyond our reach through publications and conferences.”

Easier access to the industry
Evensen has provided a significant contribution toward developing a method where an operator uses multiple reservoir models in parallel to describe the uncertainty in a reservoir and update the reservoir description with dynamic data. This technology is used extensively among the oil and gas companies on the Norwegian shelf.

“Since I won the award, it’s become easier to access the industry and market new projects. It seems like everyone in the industry has heard of the method now,” the researcher says.

In high demand
Evensen says that his LinkedIn profile was “on fire” with congratulations and comments when he received the IOR award. He also thinks that the award has led to multiple invitations to give presentations.

Asked why the technical communities should nominate candidates for the award, Evensen, answers as follows: “It’s important to commend and promote those who’ve gone the extra mile for improved recovery, whether this is an operator, a group of licensees or an individual.”

Creating value
When Evensen received the award 2 years ago, Director General Ingrid Sølvberg said that his method provides a better basis for making decisions, and thus increased value creation.

In other words, more profitable production from fields leads to increased revenues for the treasury.