Hays Awarded Statoil Research Prize

Monday, September 27, 2010
Curtis Hays Whitson together with Morten Loktu (left), Statoil’s head of research, and Margareth Øvrum, executive vice president for Technology & New Energy. (Photo courtesy Statoil)

Professor Curtis Hays Whitson has been awarded Statoil’s research prize 2010 for his major input to boosting knowledge about recovery of gas and gas condensate fields and improved recovery of oil fields by the use of gas injection.

The prominent researcher came to Norway in the early 1980s. As professor and entrepreneur he has conducted numerous studies for Hydro and Statoil in connection with field implementation of gas injection on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) and internationally, as well as studies related to gas field recovery and phase behaviour of reservoirs.

Several of these studies have been important contributions to enable the company to make the right decisions on implementation for improved recovery, for example in the Sleipner and Oseberg areas in the North Sea and the Åsgard area in the Norwegian Sea.

The NCS is world-famous for its high oil and gas recovery rate. On the Statfjord field more than 70% of all oil in place is expected to be recovered and on the Oseberg field the percentage exceeds 60.

”These figures are exceptionally high on a world-wide basis, and gas injection is essential to many NCS fields,” said Lars Høier, chief researcher in petroleum technology in the Technology & New Energy business area.

When gas is injected correctly in the most suitable field candidates, it could really boost the oil recovery rate. So far, a good 600 billion standard cubic metres of hydrocarbon gas have been injected on the NCS, which resulted in an estimated additional recovery of around 300 million standard cubic metres of oil.

Furthermore, an increasing amount of gas has been discovered in frontier fields on the NCS. Proper knowledge of how to recover gas condensate from reservoirs in an optimal manner is crucial to be able to export large amounts of gas and condensate from these fields to for example Europe.

Curtis Hays Whitson has contributed strongly in both these areas to broaden the knowledge in Norway and in Statoil. He has managed to balance high-level academic research and close cooperation with the petroleum industry.

”Driven by strong curiosity and an eye for quality his research on oil and gas recovery has provided important input and received wide international recognition,” said Høier. “Topics such as fluid understanding, efficient recovery of gas condensate fields and improved recovery by the use of gas injection run like a thread through his work.”

Professor Whitson has published a number of international journals and written educational books. He has received several international recognitions, including the recent Society of Petroleum Engineers’s (SPE) prize Antony F Lucas Technical Leadership Gold Medal 2011.

Curtis Hays Whitson has worked at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) since the mid-80s, and as professor from 1988. He has been a tutor for a large number of master (~100) and PhD (~15) students, of whom many are employed by Statoil today.

Maritime Reporter August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

MN 100: Bordelon Marine

The Company: Founded in 1979, Bordelon Marine is a leading provider of Marine Transportation services operating in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world. The

Migrant Boat Sinks off Libya; 200 Feared Dead

A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. A security official in the western town of Zuwara,

Yamal LNG Arctic Project in Doldrums

The massive $27 billion Yamal LNG liquefied-natural-gas venture in the Arctic Circle, a centerpiece of President Vladimir Putin’s plan for Russia has been squeezed by U.

Marine Science

Tropical Storm Erika Heads for Florida

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic,

MHI, SBG Invest in Wind Energy Startup Altaeros Energies

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. ("MHI") and the Suhail Bahwan Group ("SBG") have invested in Altaeros Energies, a Massachusetts-based technology company, to

Damen's Ship with Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel Commissioned

The first ship outfitted with the Van der Velden FLEX Tunnel was named Friday, August 14th in Duisburg. The Rhenus Duisburg, the new barge combination from shipping company Rhenus PartnerShip,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.4818 sec (2 req/sec)