Research prize awarded

May 10, 2001, 11:00 CEST

Professor Roy Helge Gabrielsen (53) has been awarded Statoil’s research prize for 2000 for promoting Norwegian petroleum related geo-research on the international stage for many years.

Mr Gabrielsen is employed at the University of Bergen's Institute of Geology. He has made a name for himself as an important contributor to the understanding of the geological structures in the North Sea and in the Barents Sea.

“Structural geology deals with fault development over time, development of sedimentary basins and how the fracture and fissure pattern influences the formation of reservoirs,” explains Statoil’s head researcher Håkon Rueslåtten.

He says that the prizewinner is a major source of knowledge that the specialists in Statoil like to tap. Mr Gabrielsen has contributed with his involvement in partnership projects, including the use of satellite data for mapping geo-structural features on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The prizewinner has also made a considerable input to the Research Council of Norway and to Norwegian and international geological societies. He is also known for his scientific writings, which include the publication of two books and 80 industrial reports. Furthermore, he has played an important role as a counsellor for geostudents, and has thereby contributed to the education of the geologists who work in the oil industry today.

Chief executive Olav Fjell presented the prize of NOK 150,000 yesterday, 9 May, at Statoil’s research centre in Trondheim. This is the 10th time the prize has been awarded.