Q&A: Lill Harriett Brusdal, Statoil
Ahead of the annual Norway One Day Seminar on 18 April 2018 in Bergen, SPE speaks to the conference co-chair Lill Harriett Brusdal, to find out how the industry is addressing well, drilling, completion and intervention issues and what to expect in the near future.
Lill Harriett Brusdal
Vice President Petroleum Technology at Statoil
Co-chair Norway One Day Seminar
SPE: What are the most significant challenges facing E&P in Norway?
Lill Harriett Brusdal: The oil and gas industry has been through a couple of really challenging years with low oil and gas prices and low profitability. As the activity level is now starting to increase on NCS we see pessimism turning into more optimism. I believe one of our most significant challenges right now is to avoid getting into an increasing cost spiral that we have experienced before. We need to continue the improvement journey most industry players have started and in collaboration develop lasting, sustainable efficiency improvements, focus on standardisation and low cost solutions and develop and implement technology to improve efficiency.
SPE: What are your thoughts on new megaprojects? Where are the opportunities in the region?
Lill Harriett Brusdal: Although NCS is a mature petroleum province, we have great faith that there are significant resources left to find. We believe the best chance of finding these is in the Norwegian and Barents Sea. My company Statoil plans 25-30 exploration wells on NCS in 2018, five of these in the Barents Sea, and we certainly believe some of these have potential to become new megaprojects.
SPE: Companies are opting to increase focus on certain aspects, new modelling, simulation and optimisation of technologies for example. What implications will this have on cost saving?
Lill Harriett Brusdal: Our industry has a great history of innovation. Take the Troll field in NCS as an example where the thin oil layer below the huge gas cap was thought not possible to develop. The drilling of horizontal wells changed this and the Troll field is still Norway’s largest oil producer. In Statoil we keep a high focus on research and technology development towards our 60% recovery ambition from our oil and gas fields, develop solutions for frontier areas as well as new energy and low carbon solutions for our O&G portfolio. In times with challenging profitability in our industry we focus on developing technology that will not only improve quality in our work but also make us more efficient and reduce cost, ex digital technologies; robotics and remote control and automation of work processes.
SPE: With the focus on big data and digitalisation in the industry, what do you think are the first steps for companies developing a strategy? What do you think will be the game changers in the foreseeable future?
Lill Harriett Brusdal: I believe digital technologies has the potential to become a game changer for the O&G industry affecting not only what tools we use in our work, but also how and where we work and how we collaborate. Our industry has until now not really been front-runners in digitalisation, although we have a history of great innovations and have been using digital tools for decades. Many O&G companies are currently developing digital strategies to release the potential in the development of IT and digitalisation and avoid the risk of disruption. Some good first steps to do this may be to collaborate externally and learn from more digitally advanced companies. Another important step will be to develop digital capabilities and leadership in current organisations. Within my area, petroleum technology, one of our first steps is to get control of our huge amounts of data. Cleaning, quality tagging and making it available for advanced analytics are prerequisites for capturing value from our huge amount of data and improving decision making.
SPE: What are the key takeaways for an industry professional if they attend Norway One Day Seminar?
Lill Harriett Brusdal: I believe industry professionals attending the One-day SPE seminar will get a lot of new great ideas to take back to their companies. The seminar has a reputation for a very good technical content and focus on innovation. With this year’s strengthened involvement from operator companies I have great hopes for seeing more presentations focusing on operational challenges and solutions. We have included optimising operation efficiency as a main topic and here I personally look forward to seeing plans for and experience with; digitalisation, automation, remote operations and capturing value from data.
In addition to this the seminar is relaunched as a national event and therefore will be a great place for networking.
SPE: What can Young Professionals and Students expect from attending the Future Leadership Programme at the Conference?
Lill Harriett Brusdal: I would really recommend Future Leaders to attend the One Day seminar as this is a great arena for competence building, getting a broad view on what is going on in the industry, meet and get to know senior industry professionals and build their network with other Future Leaders. A special programme is planned for Future Leaders attending where they will be able to follow both the main seminar programme as well as meet and have dialogue with some key professionals and industry leaders.