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Arctic technology work rewarded

October 20, 2005, 10:55 CEST

Professor Sveinung Løset (49) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim has won Statoil’s 2004 research prize for his work on Arctic conditions and ice problems.

With 25 per cent of the world’s undiscovered petroleum resources thought to lie in the far north, Statoil is keen to explore for and produce oil and gas in this region.

However, climatic conditions pose challenges for Arctic drilling and field development.

Knowledge of low temperatures, drift ice, icebergs and the impact of ice on structures will accordingly be very important for Statoil’s future technology choices.

“Prof Løset has pursued forward-looking research through both national and international collaboration,” says chief scientist Arnt Olufsen at Statoil’s research centre outside Trondheim.

“He has displayed a unique ability to combine teaching, research, dissemination of knowledge and network building.

“A pioneer in developing Arctic technology as a discipline, his work lies ahead of oil industry requirements.”

Prof Løset also has good contacts in Russian academic circles, Mr Olufsen notes. “This has given us access to important knowledge and able specialists in the field.”

Statoil’s research prize is awarded annually to an external researcher in Norway whose work has been particularly significant for the group.

The 2004 award is the 14th to be made, and comprises an artwork plus a cheque for NOK 200,000. It was presented at the Technoport technology festival in Trondheim on 19 October.