In Statoil, we’re incurable optimists, convinced that our technology and approach can make the world a better place. But why is our approach different? And how do innovations really work? Meet the people behind the ideas—and discover the stories behind the headlines.

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Innovating for better

More than ever, the world needs people who can think big and see those ideas through to completion. We believe technology and innovation are the keys to success—and cooperating with other like-minded individuals and companies. Discover some of the exciting innovations coming our way—and meet our creative thinkers here in Statoil who came up with them.

Imagine if you could develop one app for ABS braking, another to help you park, and one more for GPS—and then put them all on a drilling rig. We’re doing just that, and all the signs are that it could revolutionise offshore drilling.

Unmanned factories the size of a football pitch on the seabed? Drilling sideways for kilometres underground? Innovations like these have been essential to our industry—but also inspired solutions far beyond their original application.

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

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.

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 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).

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?

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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.  

Performance

Experience the sheer physical scale of the installations in the energy industry: towering turbines, deep wells, long pipelines and giant platforms—and the awesome engineering that made them possible. Here, we present some of the latest milestones and achievements in our operations worldwide. 

Two-thirds the height of the Eiffel tower—and weighing in at 46,000 tonnes. How do you transport a gigantic 200-metre-long spar platform that size—not just a few kilometres, but halfway around the world? 

“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.

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. 

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.

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.

People and perspectives

It’s our people who enable us to meet our challenges and deliver on our promises. In Statoil, over 20,000 of us are working to shape the future of energy. Here, you can meet our colleagues who are making a difference through innovative ideas or thought leadership—and expert commentators who offer perspectives on the rapidly changing world of energy.

Today, the Dudgeon offshore wind farm is open, and Sheringham Shoal is celebrating five years. But back in 2008 things looked very different. The Ministry of Defence objected: wind farms were a threat to national security. It was a showstopper, and the British wind industry was furious. But then Rune Rønvik had an idea.

The best ideas often happen when you least expect them—and when you’re not at the office. Two becalmed sailors started to doodle on the back of a napkin, and the rest is history. We went sailing with the boffins behind Hywind to find out how they came up with the idea.

In the aftermath of the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal, Volkswagen group has gone to great lengths to rebuild its reputation. VW is now committed to becoming a “role model for environment, safety and integrity.” But how sustainable is this vision? In this interview with VW’s Shift magazine, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Prätorius discusses the issue with Statoil’s Bjørn Otto Sverdrup.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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’re supporting talented young people in science subjects, sport and culture. “Heroes of Tomorrow” has been our sponsorship programme since 2006. 

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!

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. 

The audience awaits with baited breath, and a full orchestra is ready to play on stage—but the conductor has been abducted and taken hostage by a mad scientist. This is the backdrop for “Lydo”—quite possibly the coolest physics class ever...

*All figures from Annual report unless otherwise stated