The initiative was launched in connection with the European Research 2002 conference organized by the European Union in Brussels from 11-13 November.
This brought together more than 8 000 delegates from all over Europe, reports staff engineer Tore A Torp at Statoil's research center in Trondheim. He was one of three representatives from the group at the conference, which also launched the EU's sixth framework program for research and development. Statoil's handling of carbon dioxide attracted great attention at the meeting, says Mr. Torp. Its exhibit on technology for dealing with this gas had a large number of visitors. Experience with injecting carbon dioxide below ground on its Sleipner East field in the North Sea has made the group a leader in the field. It has similar plans for Snohvit in the Barents Sea.
This was also the subject of a paper presented to the conference by program manager Trude Sundset in Technology. She outlined what Statoil has done so far and its future plans.
The conference attracted great attention, and has a budget which ranks as the fourth largest in an EU context.
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