Women Who Shine: Q&A with Margareth Ovrum

The only new production we foresee before 2020 is from already discovered fields like Johan Castberg, formerly Skrugard, in the Norwegian Barents Sea and the likes of Hebron offshore Newfoundland. 

The rest of the Arctic is most likely to be dominated by exploration in the same timeframe. Potential oil and gas production from areas like offshore Alaska and the Russian offshore Arctic are not expected to play a role until after 2025. This fits well with Statoil’s stepwise and sustainable approach to the Arctic.

Rigzone: How can we get younger women excited about the energy industry?

Ovrum: For younger people, if we highlight the opportunities in the industry, very early, and create interest through topics and challenges while displaying a wider picture of the business, then we can create enthusiasm. We have to deliver results to this generation and provide dimensions, such as HSE, production, people development, Corporate Social Responsibility and industry development.

We also need to be good role models and leaders and mentor our youth by providing opportunities for further development of individuals.

Dare to take chances and to stick their head out. Be clear on ambitions but still show open mindedness; build networks and identify potential career “sponsors”.


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