SPE Virtual Norway Subsurface Conference 2 - 3 Nov 2020 Virtual Conference [CET; UTC+1]
  • Host Organisation Equinor


Monday, November 02

10:00 - 11:30
Opening Panel Session: The Industry's competitiveness - How can we secure the Norwegian Shelf for the future?
Moderator(s) Mark Lewis, Wintershall Dea
Speaker(s) Jarand Rystad, Rystad Energy; Jez Averty, Equinor; Steinar Meland, Neptune Energy
12:00 - 13:30
01T  Drilling and Well I
Session Chairpersons Thorbjorn Kaland - Western Norway University of Applied Science
This drilling session covers new technology and methodology concerning geosteering with green BHA, deep azimutal EM, designs that extend well life, improvement to barrier verification, and non-newtonian fluid flow measurement in open venturi channels. The variety of subjects provides an interesting update on different aspects of advanced drilling of challenging wells.
Time Paper # Presentation
1200-1230 200749 Drilling Well Design Changes Extend Well Life in Subsiding Overburden at Valhall From 7 to 24 Years T.G. Kristiansen, Aker BP
1230-1300 200722 Drilling Logging and Geosteering with a Green BHA - Radioisotope-free LWD Formation Evaluation Including Deep Azimuthal EM and High-resolution Imaging in OBM M. Horstmann, C. Shrivastava, J. Denichou, Schlumberger; G. Halset, M. Firinu, F. Colombo, Vår Energi; S. Sarkar, M.H. Baig, S. Nyboe, K. Sikdar, Schlumberger
1300-1330 200741 Drilling Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow Measurement in Open Venturi Channel Using Shallow Neural Network Time Series and Non-contact Level Measurement Radar Sensors N.S. Noori, T.I. Waag, NORCE; H. Viumdal, R. Sharma, M.H. Jondahl, A. Jinasena, University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)
12:00 - 13:30
02T  Reservoir I
Session Chairpersons Saeed Fallah Bolandtaba - Wintershall Dea
This session focuses on the technologies and methods for improving recovery. The design and use of the inflow control devices on a thin oil rim reservoir in Alvheim field will be presented, which will allow us to evaluate how water alternating gas (WAG) method on an offshore reservoir with undersaturated oil can enhance the production. Lastly, the application of autonomous control devices for shutting off the gas and water production will be presented. This will be an exciting session that will enlighten you with new knowledge and inspire you!
Time Paper # Presentation
1200-1230 200719 Production & Operations Attic Oil Recovery in the Alvheim Field K. Langaas, O. Urazovskaya, N. Gueze, E. Jeurissen, Aker BP ASA
1230-1300 200727 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Simulation Study for Field Implementation of WAG as Initial Drainage Strategy A. Larsen, Perecon AS; T. Forland, Aker Energy; E. Oian, D. Jarlsby, Perecon AS
1300-1330 200717 Completions Topside Distributed Acoustic Sensing of Subsea Wells A. Ellmauthaler, Halliburton; B. Seabrook, ExxonMobil; J.L. Maida, G. Wilson, J. Bush, Halliburton; J. Dupree, M. Uribe, TechnipFMC
Alternate 200723 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Lithofacies Classification and Distribution for Heterogeneous Channelized System Based on Neural Network Process: Case Study from Middle East Carbonate Reservoir A.J. Al-Ali, K.D. Stephen, A. Shams, Heriot-Watt University
14:00 - 15:30
03T  Optimising Operations Efficiency
Session Chairpersons Nils Andre Aarseth - Aker BP, Alexander Shadchnev - Schlumberger
The age of AI heavily relies on constantly producing and improving algorithms to drive automation, optimisation and decision making. There are hundreds of wells to be safely plugged and abandoned in the coming years. A practical and innovative experience from the Gyda Field P&A campaign will be our first presentation. The session will also see presentations with a focus on new algorithms developments and practical applications of new tools to optimise planning and operations efficiency.
Time Paper # Presentation
1400-1430 200755 Production & Operations Innovative One Trip System Helps Qualifying Creeping Shale as Permanent Barrier for Plug and Abandonment of Wells on the Gyda Field T.A. Stokkeland, Archer; E. Malde, P.O. Staveland, Y. Frøyland, S.J. Dybvik, J. Jacobsen, T.K. Vatn, Repsol; S. Opedal, Archer
1430-1500 200720 Completions A Structured Approach of Reliability Demonstration Test in the Development of Electromechanical Remotely Operated Downhole Control Device for Increased Operations Efficiency J. Chakkungal, M.J. Christie, P. Shrivastava, Halliburton
1500-1530 200754 Projects, Facilities & Construction A Fast Algorithm for Integrated Asset Modeling P.R. Cunningham, J.F. McCann, Serafim Ltd; M. Bouhdaid, Royal Dutch / Shell Group
Alternate 200745 Production & Operations Driving Operations Efficiency Through Right Skilling and Remote Operations A. Khan, I.B. Hamre, A. Nabili, Baker Hughes
14:00 - 15:30
04T  Drilling and Well II
Session Chairpersons Oystein Arild - University of Stavanger
This session will cover perspectives on autonomous drilling by learning from other industries, advances in automation of the drilling fluid process, cement systems designed for long lifetimes, data analysis of non-productive time and reflections on industry-academia collaboration. Authors have been selected from a range of academics, small and large companies, which will open for great discussions.
Time Paper # Presentation
1400-1430 200738 Drilling Autoviscosity - A Vital Step Towards Automation of the Drilling Fluid Process on Drilling Rigs K. Bjørkevoll, M. Aghito, B. Lund, SINTEF; B. Blom-Jensen, G. Torpe, National Oilwell Varco; J. Brevik, Equinor; A. Fjogstad, Baker Hughes
1430-1500 200732 Drilling A Drilling Company's Perspective on Non Productive Time (NPT) Due to Well Stability Issues N. Krygier, A.O. Solarin, Maersk Drilling; I. Orozova-Bekkevold, Technical University of Denmark
1500-1530 200724 Management & Information How to Develop and Improve Industry - Academia Relations T. Kaland, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Alternate 200753 Drilling Effect of Long-term Aging in Carbonated Brine on Mechanical Properties of a Novel Cement System with an Expandable Agent J. Todorovic, N. Van der Tuuk Opedal, B. Werner, SINTEF Industry; J.A. Clausen, A. Jæger Sweetman Kvassnes, ReStone AS

Tuesday, November 03

08:00 - 09:00
Young Professional's Networking Breakfast
Moderator(s) Steinar Midthun Kolstø, Wintershall Dea
Speaker(s) ​Kaja Kloecker, Conocophillips; Tone Hetland Hansen, Spirit Energy; Petter Øydegard, Repsol; Morten Mjaaseth Meldahl; Equinor; Karoline Skjærpe, Wintershall Dea

Young Professional Networking Breakfast 

Discover New Career Opportunities at the SPE Norway Subsurface Conference

As part of the Future Leadership Programme, this conference will host a dedicated forum for students and Young Professionals* to engage and expand their networks with peers from across the world.

Attendees will meet with like-minded professionals and learn about the latest advancements that will impact their careers.

Young professional inspirational leaders will share insights, learnings and failures from the early stages of their careers, with plenty of opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

This is a unique opportunity for any students or Young Professionals that want the chance to grow their career and make the right connections that will propel their career forward.


Entry is open to all students and Young Professionals registered to attend the main conference.


Register Today and Become Part of the Global E&P Community

What to Expect





Career Development


Inspirational Speakers


Technical Insight

Programme Committee

The Future Leadership Programme has been developed for the industry, by the industry

Stig Andre Aase

Bisan El-fseis
Wintershall DEA

Theodor Lien

Hans Christian Bertelsen Tengesdal

Elena Vasyutkina
Wintershall DEA


*To qualify as a Young Professional you should be a Professional SPE Member under the age of 36

The Student and Young Professionals Networking Breakfast is a dedicated event for students and young professionals under 35 years of age that forms a key part of the annual SPE Norway Subsurface Conference. Entry is open to all students and young professionals registered to attend the main conference. A young inspirational leader from the industry will share their learnings and insights from the early stages of their career and there will be an opportunity for attendees to network among their peers. 


Steinar Midthun Kolstø
Asset Manager for Brage
Wintershall Dea Norge


Kaja Kloecker, Conocophillips; Tone Hetland Hansen, Spirit Energy; Petter Øydegard, Repsol; Morten Mjaaseth Meldahl; Equinor; Karoline Skjærpe, Wintershall Dea

Meet the Speakers

Tone, Petter, Kaja and Morten are part of The Big Picture, a project initiated by the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association. Through this project young professionals from the industry are contributing to a more reflected and nuanced debate about the challenges our country and industry are facing with regards to future oil and gas production.

To solve the climate challenges and at the same time meet the world’s energy demand, we need to ask some difficult questions. We believe that the oil and gas industry can and should be a part of the solution. To find the answers to the world's climate and energy challenges we are convinced we need to see the big picture

Karoline Skjærpe
Wintershall Dea

Karoline graduated from the University of Bergen with a master’s degree in Petroleum Geology in 2017. During her student years she held several summer internships at Statoil (now Equinor). In 2018 she joined the graduate programme SPEAD in Wintershall Norge with international postings in both Kassel, Germany and Rijswijk, The Netherlands. Since January 2020 she has been working in Wintershall Dea Norge as a Reservoir Geologist in the subsurface group in the office in Stavanger


10:00 - 11:30
05T  Reservoir II
Session Chairpersons Alexander Shadchnev - Schlumberger
The session will focus on technology advancements that improve efficiency in tools design, field P&A operations and field operations optimisation. The authors will share their deep research on the subjects, findings and practical experience.
Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1030 200735 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Implementation of Ensemble-based Reservoir Modelling on the Ærfugl Field Ø. Tveteraas, G. Vey, A. Hjellbakk, Aker BP ASA; K. Wojnar, Resoptima AS
1030-1100 200737 Completions A Novel Approach to Well Inflow Modelling Using Computational Fluid Dynamics for Balder and Ringhorne Fields H. Samosir, T. Hansen, Vår Energi; L. Djayapertapa, M.T. Byrne, Lloyd's Register
1100-1130 200759 Reservoir Description & Dynamics When Can a Stock-tank Oil be a Condensate? K.K. Meisingset, A. Cely, C. Bergo, T. Yang, Equinor
Alternate 200729 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Screening of Nanoparticles with Considering the Pore Structure and Initial Oil Connectivity Effects M. Omran, S. Akarri, A. Bila, O. Torsæter, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology – NTNU
Alternate 200763 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Hierarchical Characterization and Modelling of Deep-water Slope Channel Reservoirs K. Soni, Petroleum Affairs Division, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Ireland; T. Manzocchi, P. Haughton, M. Carneiro, iCRAG, School of Earth Sciences, University College Dublin
10:00 - 11:30
06T  Digitalisation
Session Chairpersons Jan-Erik Nordtvedt - Epsis, Erlend H Vefring - NORCE
Digital technologies like digital twins, big data, machine learning, automation and cloud computing enable improved work processes and value creation. Application of digital technologies to several field cases will be presented. This session will give insight into a digital transformation process for the Brage field, how to extract information from unstructured data like well reports, and a digital solution for event detection and support of mitigating actions for production from the Valhall field.
Time Paper # Presentation
1000-1030 200728 Management & Information The Digitalization Journey of the Brage Digital Twin P. Kronberger, Wintershall Dea Norge AS; P. Dabrowski, Wintershall Dea GmbH; J. Chacon, Eigen Ltd; P.D. Bangert, Algorithmica Technologies Inc
1030-1100 200750 Management & Information Search and Contextualization of Unstructured Data: Examples from the Norwegian Continental Shelf S. John, Aker BP; C. Caso, Cognite AS; P. Malec, T. Stray, E. Vollset, Cognite
1100-1130 200726 Drilling Application of Machine Learning in Offset Well Planning K. Adlakha, E. Lyngvi, N.M. Larssen, M. Tvedt, Pro Well Plan AS
Alternate 200740 Drilling Digital Twins for Well Planning and Bit Dull Grade Prediction M. Gharib Shirangi, E. Furlong, K.S. Sims, Baker Hughes
12:00 - 13:30
07T  Drilling and Well III
Session Chairpersons Fredrik Varpe - Equinor
Aging assets and higher depletion levels mean increased challenges in terms of operations, well integrity and drilling operations. In such cases, high quality in planning and execution of well operations are very important. This session will give you insight into an approach in the planning phase, which focuses on the key elements affecting reservoir stress path, and subsequently, how our operational windows change with depletion/time. To manage a narrow window pressure margin sometimes require the use of Managed Pressure Drilling. You will gain insight into how deep reinforcement learning (DRL), machine learning (ML) in combination with a physics-based model can be used in these operations.
Time Paper # Presentation
1200-1230 200757 Drilling Deep Reinforcement Learning Applied to Managed Pressure Drilling M.L. Arnø, NTNU; J. Godhavn, Equinor; O.M. Aamo, NTNU
1230-1300 200734 Drilling Hybrid Approach for Drilling Automation M. Aghito, K. Bjørkevoll, SINTEF
1300-1330 200742 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Reservoir Depletion Challenges - A Geomechanics Workflow Focused on Optimizing Late-life Field Development N. Thompson, L. Renli, H. Reitan, Equinor ASA
Alternate 200739 Completions Materials for Well Integrity - Short-term Mechanical Properties of Cement Systems M. Kamali, M. Khalifeh, A. Saasen, University of Stavanger; L.P. Delabroy, Aker BP ASA
Alternate 200751 Drilling Drill Bit Design Helps Mitigate Consequences of Well Collision T. Verås, A. Jacobsen, Halliburton; R. Bacon, T.H. Årvik, Aker BP ASA
12:00 - 13:30
08T  Reservoir III
Session Chairpersons Nils Andre Aarseth - Aker BP, Alexander Shadchnev - Schlumberger
In this session you will learn how introducing a high-frequency azimuthal sonic LWD tool helps improve compressional velocity processing in formations with harsh logging conditions. A case study on how the error of rock physics modelling is reduced for 4D seismic by machine learning will also be presented. A paper on optimising the well placement from machine learning methods will also be shared.
Time Paper # Presentation
1200-1230 200761 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Accounting for Model Errors of Rock Physics Models in 4D Seismic History Matching Problems: A Perspective of Machine Learning X. Luo, R. Lorentzen, T. Bhakta, NORCE
1230-1300 200743 Reservoir Description & Dynamics Optimizing Well Economic Limits Using Ensemble-based Optimization on Olympus Field Y. Chang, G. Nævdal, R.J. Lorentzen, NORCE
1300-1330 200748 Reservoir Description & Dynamics A Revolution in Performance Using a GPU Based Simulator J. Siavoshi, Husky Energy; K. Mukundakrishnan, Stone Ridge Technology
Alternate 200725 Reservoir Description & Dynamics High-frequency, Azimuthal, Sonic LWD Tool Helps to Improve Compressional Velocity Processing in Formations with Harsh Logging Conditions: Case Study M.N. Acharya, A. Al-Mershed, Kuwait Oil Company; A. Abdulkarim, Halliburton
Alternate 200752 Management & Information Optimal Well Placement Using Machine Learning Methods: Multiple Reservoir Scenarios S.M. Mousavi, Tarbiat Modares University; H. Jabbari, University of North Dakota; M. Darab, Iran University of Science and Technology; M. Nourani, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS); S. Sadeghnejad, Tarbiat Modares University
14:00 - 15:30
09T  Production and Well Operations
Session Chairpersons Katinka Dahlberg - FMC Technologies Inc, Tom Rune Koloy - National Oilwell Varco
This session presents research and real field experience on key topics related to production and well operations. The session will discuss Well Failure modelling to improve well safety and production efficiency, review the use of Dynamic Simulation modelling to understand well startup failures and present the learnings gathered from 10 years of field experience with Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICDs).
Time Paper # Presentation
1400-1430 200744 Management & Information Development and Practical Application of an Analytical Well Failure Model that Improves Well Safety and Production Efficiency S. Girling, J. McIntosh, Girling McIntosh; P. Lumbye, H. Nielsen, S. Patterson, P. Lutzen, Total E&P Denmark
1430-1500 200746 Completions A Rapid, Simple, Portable Tool to Design and Analyze the Value of Inflow Control Devices (ICD) and Autonomous Inflow Control Devices (AICD) B. Prakasa, G. Corona, C. Allen, Halliburton
1500-1530 200736 Production & Operations Use Dynamic Simulation to Diagnose the Startup Failure of a Long Horizontal Well in the North Sea B. Hu, Kongsberg Digital; A. Olsen, N. Hewitt, Neptune Energy; M.J. Branchflower, Kongsberg Digital