Statoil, Univ. of Texas Ink Research Partnership

Statoil and the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have signed an Energy Partnership agreement providing the university with an annual funding of USD 1 million for 5 years.

The agreement is Statoil's largest of its kind outside Norway, and UT has been chosen as the company's pilot university in the United States.

"We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with UT, a world-class academic institution, renowned for its leading research and education within several important areas for us," said Bill Maloney, executive vice president for Statoil in North America.

"Statoil wants to further develop its position in the market for talented women and men to join us. We plan to significantly grow our activities in the United States and Canada. Universities and academic institutions in North America represent important arenas for Statoil in research and competence development, both on a regional and global level," said Maloney.

"Statoil is a world-class energy company with a commitment to research and education, and we look forward to working with them in the years to come to develop talented young people who will become the energy leaders of tomorrow," said Scott Tinker, the director of UT's Bureau of Economic Geology. He will sit on the strategic board helping to guide the program.

The agreement was signed in Austin on September 19 by Bill Maloney and UT research vice president Juan M. Sanchez.

"Statoil technology is world leading in many areas. However, the oil and gas industry is changing with more complex technological challenges. Increased global focus on research and development is needed to close technological gaps. Academia agreements are of strategic importance to Statoil in order to maintain a rapid pace of technological innovation and continue developing a business mindset," said Maloney.

UT has for many years been an important partner for Statoil within research and technology development, especially in the areas of geology, geophysics and petroleum engineering. Four strategic areas are identified in the new agreement:

  • Integration of geological, geophysical and petrophysical data in earth models
  • Trap integrity in salt basins – sub-salt imaging and seal versus pore pressure challenges
  • Drainage of deep marine reservoirs – static and dynamic reservoir models and drainage methods
  • Unconventionals – improved development and drainage of shale plays

"This agreement is vital for Statoil's long-term ambitions in the US," said Helge Haldorsen, vice president for strategy in Statoil North America.

"We are in a growth mode, and this agreement will allow us to access world-class research and long-term recruitment opportunities. By extending and formalizing our collaboration with UT, we aim at stimulating research and competence development within strategic important areas both for UT and Statoil," he said.

Statoil's academia program consists of 11 bilateral agreements. Of these, eight are with Norwegian institutions and three are international. In addition to the UT agreement, Statoil has formalized collaboration with Imperial College in the UK and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.


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