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Deal with the Seal
Norsk Petroleumsforening
Deal with the Seal_2023-09-06 09:00:00
06. to 20. Sep 2023

Deal with the Seal


NPF would like to invite you to the webinar “Deal with the seal”.
This series of webinars will go live on the 6, 13 and 20 September 2023 at 09:00 – 12:00 hrs.

NPF are pleased to announce the 2023 “Deal with the Seal” webinar series. The goal is to share knowledge and experiences with seals from the exploration phase to production and injection, plug and abandonment and CO2 injection. The webinar provides an opportunity to share knowledge between industry experts, industry partners and academia and reach out to a wider audience who might not be experts on the topic but are interested in gaining and increasing their understanding.

We have defined the main themes of the three webinars, and encourage submission of presentations spanning topics including, but not limited to:

Overburden and Top Seals. What are the characterization challenges of the seals? How are the regional distributions? What are the implications and value during production and P&A? What are the monitoring opportunities and challenges?

Challenging Trap Seals. What are the implications of seals knowledge for exploration and production success and value? What can we learn from structural, stratigraphic, and subtle traps? How do we deal with static vs dynamic sealing and normally pressured vs over pressured traps?

Seal Analysis for Carbon Storage. What are the subsurface learnings applied to CCS case studies and how are the long-term effects evaluated? How do we acknowledge the differences and similarities between hydrocarbon and CO2 seal analysis? What are the learnings from current injection projects?

Submit your abstract

The abstract submissions for the webinar series Deal with the Seal 2023 are now closed. 

Interested speakers are invited to submit an abstract (~300 words) describing the main ideas of the presentation. Each speaker gets a presentation time of 25 minutes, including Q&A. All presentations will be made available online for the conference attendees.

  • Conference language: English
  • Please use the abstract template available for download below and forward it to Tove Danielsson (NPF), 
  • Abstracts deadline:  June 9th 2023

On behalf of the Program Committee, we look forward to receiving your abstract and hope to see you at the webinar in September

Helen Haneferd
Chair of Program Committee


Wednesday 06. September

Overburden Seals and Well Abandonment


Welcome and introduction

Session chairs: Helen Haneferd & Malin Somby, ConocoPhillips

Regional and field specific overburden understanding  - a key for evaluations of subsurface risks and safe abandonment solutions

Frode Uriansrud, Senior Advisor Overburden mgt, Equinor

How aquifer overpressures and a low relative permeability affect seal

Erling Rykkelid, Adv.Geophysicist, Aker BP

Authors: H.Smith, Scientist, NGI, E. Rykkelid, Aker BP

An innovative Multidisciplinary Approach for Seal Integrity Analysis in Challenging Reservoir

Dr. Ehsan Daneshvar, Future Geoscience

Authors: E. Daneshvar, Dr. P. O’Neill

Coffee Break


Natural barriers as a cost efficient and environmentally friendly method for plug and abandonment

Sverre Henriksen, Technology Digital & Innovation, Equinor

Authors: S. Henriksen, A.M.P. Gotusso, B. Vangdal, K. N. Madsen, N. Skjei, R. E.A. Midtbø, S. O. Stalheim, M. Niemann & M. Erdmann

Shale as well Barrier

Tron Golder Kristiansen, Chief Engineer D&W - Rock M echanics, Aker BP

Bond evaluation in well construction or P&A – Do we trust? NCS example in collaboration with NORCE

Amit Govil, Advisor Reservoir Performance Intervention, SLB

Closing remarks

Wednesday 13. September

Challenging Trap Seals


Welcome and introduction

Session chairs: Hugh Anderson, Aker BP & Hege M. Nordgård Bolås, Equinor

A systematic approach to seal definition and risking for stratigraphic, combination, and sub-unconformity traps.

Dr. Eleanor Stirling, Basin & Play Analysis Advisor, bp

Static vs dynamic hydrocarbon sealing, the Njord Field case study

Philipp Müller, PhD, UiB

Authors: P. Müller M.Sc. UiB, C. Hermanrud, Equinor, UiB

Predictive powers of fault seal models: does one size fit all?

Prof. Christian Hermanrud, UiB, Equinor

Authors: C. Hermanrud, Equinor, UiB, P. Müller M.Sc. UiB

Coffee Break


Progress in using fluid data to identify and quantify flow barriers

P. Craig Smalley, Visiting Professor Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London

Modelling the impact of hydrodynamics on capillary seals

Dr Neil T. Grant, Specialist Geologist, ConocoPhillips UK Holdings Ltd.

Fault Seal Analysis in Structural Complex Settings: A case study from the Greater Bay du Nord Area, Flemish Pass Basin

Dr. Asdrúbal Bernal, Specialist Geology Leading Advisor Structural Analysis, Equinor

Closing remarks

Wednesday 20. September

Seal Analysis For Carbon Storage


Welcome and introduction

Session chairs: Michiel Van Noorden, Vår Energi & Elin Skurtveit, NGI

Evolving seal considerations for the Northern Lights CCS

Nicholas D Thompson, Sten Rasmussen, Renata Meneguolo, Northern Lights Joint Venture DA, Equinor

CO2 storage in salt basins: Influence of salt tectonics on seal integrity and containment risk

Sian L. Evans, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo

Simen Blondel, Torsten Hundebøl Hansen, Alvar Braathen, University of Oslo
Rikke Bruhn, Nautilus Carbon Services

Overburden fluid migration along faults using different permeability models - Example from the North Sea

Tore Ingvald Bjørnarå, Senior Engineer, NGI

Authors: Bjørnarå, TI, Skurtveit, E, Michie EAH, SA Smith

Coffee Break


Risking shale top seals to CO2 storage sites in saline aquifers

Quentin Fisher, Prof. of Petroleum Geoengineering, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Effect of fluid properties on estimating C02 column heights and trap fill in fault-bounded closures

Dr. Pete Bretan, Structural Geologist, Badleys

Using legacy E&P data to constrain fault seal analysis for carbon storage

Dr. Frauke Schaefer, Advisor Structural Geology at Wintershall Dea

Closing remarks

Practical information

Program Committee:

  • Helen Haneferd, ConocoPhillips (Chair of Committee)
  • Malin Somby, ConocoPhillips
  • Hugh Anderson, Aker BP
  • Hege M. Nordgård Bolås, Equinor
  • Michiel van Noorden, Vår Energi
  • Elin Skurtveit, NGI


Conference fee:  

  • NPF personal members NOK 3,200 plus 25% VAT
  • Non-NPF-members NOK 4,700 plus 25% VAT

If you wish not to participate on all three webinars and would prefer to pay only for one or two webinars only, please contact project manager for discounts.

The recordings from the webinars will be available for delegates to view one week after each webinar.

Special offer! 

Company discounts: 

  • Pay a full fee for the first five participants. Numbers six and above will receive 50% off.
  • Pay a full fee and bring a colleague under 30 years for half price!
  • Student discounts available

Webinar details: 

All participants will receive an e-mail with an invitation link the day prior the webinar. The link is personal, and you will be asked to enter name and company.

As a participant you will follow the webinar via a PC, Mac or smartphone/tablet. Internet access and web browser is therefore vital in order to attend.

There will be a short Q&A session after each presentation, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the presenters.

Abstracts from the webinar will be available for download after end of conference. Participants will be informed when available by e-mail.


Cancellations must be received in writing two weeks prior to the seminar, and will be subject to a cancellation fee NOK 1,000 unless a substitute delegate is offered. After this date, the full registration fee will apply, however, substitutions will still be accepted. Substitutions for registered delegates may be made at any time, but we would appreciate prior notification.

In case of cancellation of the conference by the Norwegian Petroleum Society, (NPF), the participant will be refunded the conference fee and/or the exhibition fee. Other expenses the participants may have are not refunded, and is not the responsibility of NPF.

Force majeure
Events beyond the control of the NPF – for example, but not limited to, extreme weather conditions, acts of war, terrorism, transportation shut-down (strikes or accidents), government regulation or advisory including travel warnings, serious illness or epidemics that makes it impossible to fulfill the obligations of conducting the conference entitle NPF to cancel the event without liability.

Programme changes:

It is sometimes necessary to change timing of the programme. The conference organiser will not be liable for any such unavoidable changes.


For further information please contact:
Norwegian Petroleum Society
Tove Danielsson
Project Manager
tel. +47 452 48 348