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International Hydro researchers in final round

August 23, 2006, 10:30 CEST

Four, well prepared young Hydro researchers are ready to take part in the final round of the "Young Professional Company Award" (YPCA) during the ONS 2006 exhibition and conference in Stavanger on Wednesday. The theme for their contribution is "How to get more out of what we have".

The four young Hydro researchers have been selected to deliver a final round presentation during ONS 2006 in Stavanger. They have competed with young professionals from ten other companies. Hydro's researchers, based at the company's Research Center in Bergen, represent the new generation of the Norwegian oil industry and a vital resource. At ONS they will have the chance to meet and present themselves to current industry leaders.

Hydro's team consist of geologists Balazs Badics from Hungary, Christopher Leppard from the UK, John Thurmond from the USA, and geophysicist Kristina Bakke from Norway. They have chosen the topic "How to get more out of what we have", and their presentation is entitled "New Techniques, Tighter Integration: Understanding Complexity".

Choice of topic

"We are all researchers working in the Improved Exploration section at the Bergen Research Center," says Bakke."We are involved daily in developing technology and competence in connection with the geological understanding of the exploration and operational phases."

"Our presentation will focus on how global data, new seismic methods and 3D photorealistic models of field analogues can be integrated, so that we increase our understanding of the reservoir's complexity."

Hydro's team will deliver a 15 minute presentation during ONS 2006. This will be an interactive presentation, and the public will be given special spectacles in order to view the presentation in a 3D perspective.

Bakke points out that Hydro has taken part in this competition previously, but has never reached the final. She finds it all the more satisfying that Hydro was the only oil company to win through this time.

A jury will announce the winners at ONS on Thursday 24 August. The prize is a weekend trip to London which includes a guided tour of the House of Lords.