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SPE Norwegian Arctic Subsurface and Drilling Challenges Workshop

9 - 10 March 2016

Harstad, Norway | Harstad Kulturhus

Welcome Message

Dear Colleague,


On behalf of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the programme committee, I would like to invite you to submit your presentation proposal for the SPE Norwegian Arctic Subsurface and Drilling Challenges Workshop. The event previously known as the SPE Workshop in Arctic Norway, presented by the SPE Northern Norway Section, will now be organized by the section and SPE International. Our section's goal to make this annual event into an SPE Global Event has been reached after only 3 years!

Once considered a "dry" area of the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), the arctic parts of the NCS, both the northern Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea, are well on their way to becoming the new core areas of the Norwegian petroleum industry. As a consequence of this, our industry is moving into deep waters with the world's biggest spar platform Aasta Hansteen, exploration close to the arctic ice shelf and the Russian border, field developments in rural areas - with shallow overburden and challenging geology.

It is the SPE Norwegian Arctic Subsurface and Drilling Challenges Workshop’s task to enlighten this from a science and technology point of view, ranging from logistics, climate and political impact to very specific petroleum engineering subjects. All of these with close focus on cost.

You will gain insight in how operators are working hard to lower the break-even for their field developments while still keeping them sustainable and how the service companies plan to solve the technological challenges.

Even though the workshop focuses on developments in the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea, major elements regarding subsurface experiences from other reservoirs in Norway and abroad are applicable and contributions from other regions and countries are welcomed.

We look forward to meeting you in Harstad and experiencing a flavor of the arctic!


Audun Nyre


2016 SPE Norwegian Arctic Subsurface and Drilling Challenges Workshop Programme Committee Chairperson