SINTEF and NTNU CCS Award to Statoil Veteran
Ex advisor and project manager of Statoil, now retired Dr. Tore A. Torp recieves the international research price “The SINTEF and NTNU CCS Award 2013”. Dr. Torp is given the award for his pioneering role within geological CO2 storage and for his contributions to knowledge dissemination.

An open international call for nominations was organized during the spring of 2013, and the winner was selected by a jury consisting of high-ranking representatives from the International Energy Agency, British Geological Survey and SINTEF. The award goes to individuals for outstanding achievements within the field of carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS), and is given every second year in connection with “The Trondheim Conference series on CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage” (TCCS). This year’s prize was the second of its kind.

Professor Hallvard F. Svendsen (NTNU) (left) and Vice President for Climate Nils A. Røkke present the award to Dr. Tore A. Torp (right) during the 7th Trondheim CCS Conference (TCCS-7) on June 5, 2013. Photo: SINTEF / Eddie F. Lefstad

Among the awardee’s many contributions within the CCS field, the jury specifically mentioned two: Dr. Torp has been a tireless spokesperson for the importance of identifying safe storage sites for CO2, and he has worked diligently for public acceptance for CO2 storage. Dr. Torp was also recognized for having shared Statoil’s storage data with the scientific community from the pioneer projects Sleipner/Utsira and Snøhvit. SINTEF’s Director for Climate, Dr. Nils A. Røkke, comments that the prize winner’s contributions to the research cooperation between SINTEF/NTNU and Statoil has been of great significance. - Tore A. Torp has contributed in placing Trondheim on the world map as a CO2 research city, particularly through his EU involvement and in various global settings. BIGCCS, a research centre established by the Norwegian Research Council – and today the world’s largest of its kind – has also benefitted from Mr. Torp’s experience from Statoil projects and his broad outlook, particularly within CO2 storage, says Røkke.
(Svein Tønseth, SINTEF)

Published September 24, 2013

Organized  by BIGCCS – International CCS Research Centre under auspices of NTNU and SINTEF