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Preliminary results from the first joint call between Norway and Brazil

– We received many very interesting and good applications, and the process of selecting those who should receive financial support was certainly not easy, says the director of the Department for Petroleum Research, Siri Helle Friedemann. Siri Helle Friedemann, Director of the Department for Petroleum Research, The Research Council of Norway (Photo: Thomas Keilman)

This is the first time the Research Council of Norway and Finep have a common call and it is also the first time Finep has a call with another country where they allocate funding instead of loans.

– The constructive cooperation with Finep has been a positive experience which we will gladly share with our colleagues in the Research Council of Norway that are looking towards Brazil, the director continues.

4 projects will be initiated within the agreed framework (in ranked order):


Norwegian applicant

Brazilian applicant




4Subsea AS


Flexible Pipe Pressure Liner Life Extension Tool





Integrated Realtime Environmental Monitoring and Oil spill forecasting System (IREMOS)



IRIS-Software AS

Engineering Simulation and Scientific Software Ltda

Improved modelling of near well multiphase flow for optimised planning of ICD/AICD valves in production wells

Increased Oil Recovery (IOR)


WiSub AS


Universal AUV Pinless Charging and Data Transfer Interface


We do note that some of the applications will be allocated with cuts.

The result will not be finalized until December 7th. Finep has their own guidelines for complaint access, which could result in changes in which of the joint projects that can be initiated. If it turns out that one of the projects above cannot be initiated, Finep and PETROMAKS 2 have decided that this project can be granted:



DPR Engenharia

Improved prediction tools for modelling of sand accumulation in pipe separators


If the first four projects are granted funding, there will not be available funds to finance the latter project.

Key technology and expertise contributions from the industry
The joint call was aimed at three themes that were considered as key for both the Norwegian and Brazilian continental shelf; underwater technology, increased production of petroleum resources and environmental technology. There was also a desire to prioritize small and medium-sized businesses . The intention was that companies in both countries should establish a balanced partnership in order to develop expertise / technologies that can be utilized in both countries.

– Finep and the Research Council of Norway are cooperating to support projects that are developed by Brazilian and Norwegian companies and that will bring important benefits for the oil and gas industry, says Manager of the Oil & Gas department in Finep, Cristiane M. da Silva Abreu.

– The exchange of experiences between the Norwegian and Brazilian companies will encourage the development of innovative, diversified and competitive projects, Abreu continues.

Hard competition
The joint call followed a two-step process with sketches and main applications. 28 sketches came in that were processed jointly by both countries. This resulted in 16 main applications that went through a complete evaluation in both countries.
Conducting parallel evaluations in Brazil and Norway allowed Finep and PETROMAKS 2 to follow their respective systems for application processing, which saved a lot of time and administrative resources. This meant that applications underwent a somewhat different assessment, but a close dialogue between the countries using video conference calls throughout the process ensured an open and coordinated process up until the appropriation decision.

– Although the evaluation procedures are slightly different in PETROMAKS 2 and Finep, it was important that there was consensus and mutual understanding on the intent of the joint call. We spent a lot of time discussing what kind of projects we wanted to initiate before we launched the joint call, senior adviser in PETROMAKS 2, Andreas Q. Nielsen explains.

– The cooperation and dialogue with FINEP has been very solution-oriented and positive, Nielsen continues.

Many very good applications competed for funds. Applicants are however encouraged to follow future announcements in the program if they are interested in the opportunity to realize potentially good project ideas which were not funded this time.

This joint call was targeted towards the supplier industry. Both countries have an ambition that the cooperation should not only be a one-time event. It is therefore a goal to arrange additional joint calls where research institutions can apply.

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