Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Taking over ownership of stratigraphic cores from Sintef

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is taking over a collection of 6.6 kilometres of shallow rock cores from the Norwegian continental shelf from SINTEF.

The agreement was signed by Director General Bente Nyland, President of SINTEF Petroleum Research AS Lars Sørum and Rector of NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Torbjørn Digernes today, 8 February.

“The NPD has the overall responsibility for geological core material from the continental shelf, and we make it possible for researchers and students to study this material. We are very happy to get our hands on this collection,” says Dag Bering, technical coordinator for geology in the NPD.

The shallow drilling was carried out from 1982 to 1993 on behalf of what was then the Continental Shelf Institute (IKU), now part of Sintef Petroleum Research AS. Analyses of the core material have resulted in a number of scientific publications and reports.

IKU drilled shallow wells at water depths ranging from 100 – 1500 metres, 10 – 600 metres below the seabed. Each assignment cost around NOK 20 million, while the total cost (including processing) was NOK 500 million.

Drilling locations were determined based on detailed seismic mapping and the analyses of the samples provided very useful information.

The cores are stored in Dora, which was originally a WWII German submarine bunker in Trondheim, and the plan is to keep them here. The NPD and SINTEF have entered into an agreement to share the rental expenses for ten years, with an option for extension.

Bering says that the geological samples from the shallow boreholes are used for research and education, for example in connection with courses, projects and master’s degree programmes, and in connection with research on the continental shelf and exploring for oil and gas:

“The core store and exhibition room are frequently used by SINTEF and NTNU, and the samples are still relevant for exploration of the continental shelf. For example, they were frequently used by oil companies to prepare applications for the 22nd licensing round last year.”

The cores are between five and seven centimetres in diameter, and are split lengthwise. They provide a quick overview of rock types and sedimentary structures. They can be used for research within a number of areas, for example sediment types, stratigraphy, sedimentation and climate variations.

 

The agreement was signed by (from left) Lars Sørum, Torbjørn Digernes and Bente Nyland. 

The agreement was signed by (from left) Lars Sørum, Torbjørn Digernes
and Bente Nyland.
(Photo: Arne Holhjem)

 

Related news

Latest news

New Zealand Navy turns to Vestdavit for hands-on experience

Since 2000, Vestdavit has supplied 14 davits for seven NZ Navy vessels.

DNV GL and AEP Ohio win Energy Award for helping new energy efficient technology in ultra-low temperature freezers reach the market

Stirling ultra-low temperature freezers now ENERGY STAR certified

New 4K Displays Enable Cutting-Edge Multi-Data Fishing Vessel Bridge Solution from Furuno Norway

Newbuild Danish trawler 'Gitte Henning' first to benefit from large-format, ultra high definition bridge display innovation.

New DNV GL class notations aim to improve stern tube bearing performance

In the “Shaft align” class notations and the revised main class requirements for single stern tube bearing installations,

DNV GL provides due diligence to institutional lenders for investment in 659 MW Walney offshore wind project

Through DNV GL’s technical assessment to the group of lenders,

Welcome to the new service centre in Rørvik!

OK Marine will sell and offer service of its recognized cleaning fish products.

DNV GL boosts investment in 3D printing with establishment of Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Singapore

Through the newly established centre, DNV GL is running the recently announced collaboration with Sembcorp Marine,

DNV GL advised Partners Group on technical risks in its investment in Borssele III-IV

Due diligence on Dutch offshore wind project focused on technical risks.

Next generation hull calculation software: DNV GL launches Nauticus Hull version V20

With new ship rules and IACS requirements increasing the scope of hull design,