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Geophysical research prized

June 25, 2004, 09:00 CEST

Professor Bjørn Ursin has been awarded Statoil’s 2003 research prize for 30 years of research and development work in the field of petroleum geophysics.

This discipline plays a key role in the group’s exploration and reservoir management activities.

Prof Ursin works in the institute for petroleum technology and applied geophysics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

“He has made one of the most important contributions to geophysical science by a single individual,” says Statoil research vice president Ingve R Theodorsen.

“His work has helped us to improve recovery on the Norwegian continental shelf.”

With more than 160 published scientific papers to his credit, Prof Ursin has tutored 23 doctoral students – including 10 who now work for Statoil.

The research prize is awarded annually to an external scientist in Norway whose work has been significant for the group.

It recognises research results of a high international calibre, and is intended to serve as an inspiration to and support for further efforts.

This year’s prize is the 13th to be presented, and comprises an artwork and a cheque for NOK 200,000.

The presentation took place at Statoil’s research centre in Trondheim on 24 June.