Since 1972 we have been inspired by the challenge of doing what some say cannot be done. Some of our greatest innovations have sprung from our greatest challenges. It has taught us to never give up and to always seek the full potential in everything and everyone. Here, we’d like to share the stories that show our passion for shaping the future of energy.

In this article for Norwegian national daily Aftenposten, Statoil CEO Eldar Sætre explains how the company is putting its weight behind the Paris Agreement and seizing the opportunities presented by changes in global energy markets. “We must be part of the response to the challenges facing the world,” he says.

At Melkøya in Hammerfest, natural gas from the Snøhvit gas field is chilled to -163°C to turn it into liquid form: LNG. Bioengineer Hennika Aalto Sivertsen has worked here from the very beginning. It’s a strange kind of workplace, though. “It's like living in a fridge!” she says.

It’s August 13, and the final leg of the Arctic Race is about to begin in the northern town of Tromsø. But before the professional cyclists arrive, 120 young talents from six different nations are allowed onto the race circuit—in a competition called the Arctic Heroes of Tomorrow Race. 

“It’s been an incredible summer. I don’t think we have ever carried out so many heavy lifts and installations in such a short time before,” says Margareth Øvrum, VP for Technology, Projects and Drilling in Statoil. And it’s not over yet: a busy summer will be followed by a busy autumn.

The challenges of tomorrow need solutions. What better way of exploring the possibilities than challenging the heroes of tomorrow? We invited young people to think outside the box, and the results were not only useful, some of them will make you laugh! Read all about Project Imagination!

On 11 September, Norwegian women enjoyed their right to vote in the Norwegian General Election. But was seems obvious today was not always so. 101 years after her death, we are proud to honour Gina Krog, the founder of the Norwegian women’s rights movement, with our latest field development. Like her namesake, this platform is pointing the way to the future—and this summer, the field came on stream.

Results can come quickly if people feel they are involved. For energy manager Knut Simon Helland the solution to reaching climate goals was to split the goals into smaller parts, and make people feel that they were working towards the same goal.

“There is no secret to being competitive,” says Professor Stephane Garelli, Professor Emeritus of World Competitiveness at IMD. “It takes resilience, agility and cost control. And one more thing…”  His advice is to build the stamina that can keep a company going — in good times, and especially in bad ones.

Here, we take a look at six of the coolest offshore robots working for Statoil. The future is digital. 

In his day job, Erik Fossan manages 90 billion NOK in our pension fund. In his spare time, he plays chess. In February, he met the reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen.

Two Statoil researchers turned a disused kitchen into a test lab for nascent technologies. Find out how their experimental cuisine is helping to cook up new solutions for our technology strategy.

“Statoil towards 2030” campaign:

What will the future be like? 

How will we live in the future? Where will our energy come from? No-one knows for sure, but there are two things we do know: the world will need more energy, and emissions must be reduced. In Statoil, we intend to play a role in creating the low-carbon society of the future—and the value creation that goes with it. Read more in the interviews below.  

Meet the heroes of tomorrow

More than ever, the world needs people who dare to think big and have the will to work hard. Progress depends on innovation, and the future depends on progress. That’s why we support talented young people in science subjects, sport and culture. “Heroes of Tomorrow” has been our sponsorship programme since 2006. 

Ragnhild Ulvik is convinced she has one of the most exciting jobs in Statoil. She’s been tasked with finding the best ideas in the company and helping to move Statoil into the future.

Statoil is investing in a secure and sustainable energy future for the UK. We have a broad range of activities in the UK, including offshore wind projects, upstream operations on the continental shelf, natural gas trading and crude oil sales.

Does the energy industry have a role to play in forming international climate policies? How can we provide affordable, sustainable energy for 1.2 billion people without access to energy? And why is the Paris agreement not sufficient? Statoil spoke to the hard-hitting former chief of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres, to find out.

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones. To simplify the job of changing the bolts that clamp pipe flanges together, Statoil engineer Kjell Edvard Apeland came up with an idea borrowed from a tractor. And in doing so, he saved us and our partners a small fortune.

A brand-new concept is now under construction in the Netherlands. Oseberg Vestflanken 2 will be developed as an unmanned wellhead platform – probably the simplest platform on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

2016 was a challenging year for the oil and gas industry at large, but Statoil continued to deliver improvements and efficient operations. Here are some of the events and milestones that shaped our year. 

As our industry gathers for the 2016 Offshore Northern Seas conference, we see that fundamental changes are happening. From market dynamics to geopolitical uncertainty, we face new realities. Some see these as threats. Our job is to turn them into opportunities...

Wouldn’t it be great to know what the future will look like? Our 2016 Energy Perspectives report investigates three different scenarios towards 2040.

A small but dedicated team has been hard at work behind the scenes building a new platform. Not offshore, but right here on your screen.

In water 3000 metres deep, the ocean temperature is 0–3 °C (32–38 °F), while the pressure is 300 bar (4388 psi). Here, we drill through a further 6000 metres of rock to reach the reservoir. How is it possible to produce oil and gas under such conditions?

To be a modern explorer you have to be part detective, part historian, and part technologist. Above all, you need to be driven by curiosity. Our exploration teams cooperate across professional boundaries to solve problems together. Find out how we’re working on our next discoveries.

Unprecedented change is taking place in the energy sector. Geopolitics, climate change and the need for increased efficiency are crucial, while demand for energy is rapidly growing.

At Statoil we believe that you can put a price on carbon. In fact we have to because it is one of the most effective ways to combat climate change. 

Statoil’s task is to provide the energy that the world needs, while supplying it in the most sustainable and responsible way. It’s not an easy job, but we strongly believe that with the right people, passion and curiosity — it’s possible.

On 12 December 2015, more than 190 countries ratified an historic agreement on climate change in Paris. Statoil welcomes the agreement.

*All figures from Annual report unless otherwise stated