Johan Kverneland (Total Energies, l), Aina Berg (NORCE, c) and Erlend Vefring (NORCE/DigiWells, r) led the official opening of SFI DigiWells (Photo © NORCE)
SFI DigiWells was officially opened during a live ceremony earlier this month. The opening was part of the centre’s first annual seminar with several key figures in attendance.
"SFI DigiWells fits very well with the policies within energy and research - we will develop and not close down the Norwegian petroleum industry," says Marte Mjøs Persen, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy.
”I applaud this centre,” said Marte Mjøs Persen, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum
and Energy (Photo © NTB Kommunikasjon/Statsministerens Kontor)
SFI Digiwells – Digital Well Center for Value Creation, Competitiveness and Minimum Environmental Footprint – is a centre for research-based innovation funded by the Research Council of Norway and various industrial partners.
The goal of the centre is to develop new knowledge, methods, and innovative solutions to improve the well delivery process through the use of digitisation, new sensors, high-speed telemetry, automation, and autonomy. This will contribute to a competitive Norwegian continental shelf, create value, increase operational safety, and minimise environmental impact.
“Together we are a strong team – researchers in close interaction with the industry, and fantastic facilities and infrastructure. Together we will be able to do innovation-based research and support faster implementation,” said Erlend Vefring, Head of DigiWells.
Strong Industry Support
The opening of SFI DigiWells was well-received by various Norwegian heads and industry partners. Many of them broadcasted pre-recorded messages expressing support.
“In many ways, SFI DigiWells is a kinder egg. Through increased digitisation and optimisation, you will help to optimize well production, reduce negative environmental impact, and increase value creation opportunities. I applaud this centre,” added Petroleum and Energy Minister Persen.
Mari Sundli Tveit, CEO of the Research Council of Norway, said “Digital competence will be crucial in the years to come. We must build completely new industries on the shoulders of those we have. The knowledge you develop in DigiWells can also be applied for CO2 storage underground and geothermal energy production. We look forward to following you in the years to come”.
Petoro CEO, Kristin Kragseth, shared in this support, believing that further digitisation is crucial. “Now it's time to try out technological solutions and subsequently implement them as best practices on our rigs,” she said.
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