Oil and gas
Oil and gas
SINTEF has been a key research partner ever since oil and gas exploitation began on the Norwegian shelf 50 years ago. We have expertise across the entire value chain, from exploration to production and the storage of CO2. Our task is to enhance the mapping and production of Norwegian and global oil and gas resources in a profitable, safe and environmentally sustainable manner.
Drilling and Well
SINTEF combines theoretical work with laboratory experiments and field experience, and focuses on making results from the work available for operational team, in order to contribute to faster, safer and cheaper drilling and well operations while also caring for the long term integrity of the wells.
Applying geological, geophysical expertise and developing our in-house software we can model all elements of a petroleum prospect (from source rock, expulsion, migration, and trap, seal or cap rock). This can be used to evaluate and minimize uncertainties in exploration, development and production risk.
About half of the oil in known North Sea fields has been produced and finding more is becoming increasingly difficult. A good alternative is to find means of extracting the remaining known oil, i.e. Enhanced Oil Recovery. SINTEF's research in this direction involves lab experiments and simulation of the use of low saline water, polymers, surfactants, CO2, microbes and nanotechnology.
Refining and processing
SINTEF has over 30 years experience in working with industry on upgrading, processing and conversion of oil and gas feedstocks through refinery and petrochemical processes. This spans from atom-scale to process-scale modelling, through lab-scale R&D, up to selected pilot scale operations. These activities are supported by core competences within catalysis, separation and chemical engineering.
Production from new fields faces steadily more demanding conditions: deeper water, greater distances to existing infrastructure, and harsh environments. Existing fields also have complex challenges, including rising water cut and falling pressure. SINTEF puts together cross-disciplinary teams to create the energy-effective seabed solutions for the future, based on a unique laboratory infrastructure.
Transport of oil and gas
The world record for long distance multiphase flow transport is 143 km – from the Snøhvit field to onshore. The multiphase flow transport of the future will take place over much longer distances. In order to achieve energy-effective "free flow" solutions, physicists and chemists need to work closely together. Solutions need to be tested and qualified in the world's largest multiphase flow laboratory.