SINTEF Ocean Oil and Gas
Oil and gas
Technological development and innovation are becoming ever more important as means of reducing cost levels and improving the competitiveness of Norway’s national and international petroleum industry. SINTEF Ocean operates world-class laboratories that focus on developing technologies for the petroleum sector.
The Ocean Basin Laboratory is used for basic as well as applied research on marine structures and operations. A total environmental simulation including wind, waves and current offers a unique possibility for testing of models in realistic conditions. With a depth of 10 metres and a water surface of 50x80m the Ocean Basin Laboratory is an excellent tool for investigation or existing of future challenges within marine technology.
Marine Structures Laboratory
The main activities in the laboratory are the testing of structures, structural components and materials. Typical problems involve fatigue testing, ultimate strength and collapse testing. Experimental work is often combined with analytical or numerical analysis.
Produced water (PW) from the oil and gas industry represents the largest direct discharge of effluent into the marine environment worldwide. Approximately 130 million m3 PW is released on the Norwegian continental shelf annually from offshore production platforms.
Better planning improves efficiency and safety
SINTEF has been a participant in the Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry (SFI Centre), along with central partners in the petroleum sector.Ongoing for seven years the research program ended on 31.12.2014.
Emergency landings for helicopters
Helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has been carrying out model tests in our ship-model tank in order to study emergency landings on water and helicopters’ subsequent seaworthiness. Very few test facilities anywhere in the world perform tests of this sort today.
Innovative vortex-induced vibration test rig launched
SINTEF has designed and manufactured the test rig that mainly will be used for full scale vortex-induced vibrations (VIV) testing of risers and other type of cylindrical structures.
Updated handbook on design and operation of flexible pipes
In this edition of the handbook, it is extended to include experience from the operation of flexible pipes as well as updates on methods and technology in the years since the first edition of the handbook.