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A milestone in Improved Oil Recovery
Our world-class research centre for improved oil recovery (IOR) at Rotvoll in Trondheim is the largest of its kind in Norway and one of the most advanced in the world. Its goal is to develop technologies that will further increase the recovery rate from reservoirs and hence achieve the ambition of a 60% recovery rate on the NCS.
The main contributing factor to improving recovery is the drilling of new wells and the maintenance of existing wells. The IOR centre will play a key role in our efforts to improve the efficiency of drilling operations.
The IOR centre will focus on improved recovery from all types of reservoirs on the NCS, old and new. We will also use the technology to improve recovery in our international fields.
A new industrial scanner, boasting a resolution 500 times higher than a medical scanner, is at the heart of the research centre. The scanner will allow us to follow the oil movements and flows in various rocks at the pore level. Through high-resolution 2D and 3D images it will be possible to see which IOR method is best suited in each reservoir, and, at the same time, gain a deeper understanding of how the reservoir is formed in terms of clay, pore size and cracks.