We often see technologies put into play on the Norwegian Continental Shelf that have arisen in response to a specific challenge. And as the NCS matures, the need for improved recovery grows ever more acute, challenging the industry to continue its development and deployment of increasingly efficient production technologies that ensure increased yields from existing reserves.
I do not doubt success. This is an industry noted for its innovation, and the NCS has served as an incubator for technologies that have been successfully applied in oil provinces around the globe.
When I began as an observer and reporter of oil and gas activities, the most exciting news on the NCS was the planning phase of the giant Ormen Lange gas field, a milestone in the development of subsea production. Since that time, I have seen the industry push forward with innovative subsea technologies such as separation and compression, all the while improving recovery rates from subsea installations.
I look forward to taking part of this year’s Underwater Technology Conference, to the diversity and depth of the topics that will be presented and discussed. Even more so, I eagerly anticipate hearing about the future of subsea – what the industry itself expects to accomplish in the years to come.
Michael Rogers, Editor- in- Chief, Scandinavian Oil and Gas Magazine and conference moderator UTC 2011