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Published May 12, 2005

ResMan AS - a start-up company based on spinning-off technology from SINTEF and IFE - will produce chemical intelligent materials to monitor flows in oil and gas wells. The whole process will take place without the use of cables.

The company has been set up by two entrepreneurs, Fridtjof Nyhavn from SINTEF Petroleum Research and Anne Dalager Dyrli from SINTEF Materials and Chemistry.
Photo: Thor Nielsen

The company has been established with the active support of Statoil Innovation AS, and its technology will significantly reduce uncertainties regarding what actually happens in oil and gas wells: What is flowing where, how much is flowing, and how does the flow develop over time?

Operators will obtain a better understanding of the physics of underground formations and thus a basis for optimising oil and gas recovery.

The oil companies work continuously on the development of new technologies and methods that can provide them with more information from oil and gas reservoirs. The traditional method has been to drop cable-based measurement instruments down into the well. A natural development was to install the instruments permanently in the well in order to obtain an enhanced picture of the changes in the flows. It is in this area that both IFE and SINTEF, in collaboration with Norwegian and international oil companies, have been working on the development of permanent, reliable and competitive technologies.

The chemical intelligent materials are based on polymers, which react with their surroundings by releasing trace elements. By distributing the polymer units throughout the well and ensuring that the trace elements are recognised when they migrate to the surface, operators can obtain valuable information about flows in the formation, and how these develop over time.

ResMan will be tackling a large global market, and current market contacts indicate a high level of interest in its product from several countries. The company has been set up by two entrepreneurs, Fridtjof Nyhavn from SINTEF Petroleum Research and Anne Dalager Dyrli from SINTEF Materials and Chemistry. Apart from the founders, shareholders in the new company include SINTEF Venture, IFE and Statoil Innovation AS.


Contact: 
Fridtjof Nyhavn, phone: +47 930 30 224
Anne Dalager Dyrli, phone: +47 932 05 538