Add to Calendar 2021-09-13 18:00:00 2021-09-15 16:00:00 Europe/Oslo Exploration Revived 2021 Clarion Hotel Air, Utsolaarmen, Sola Norsk Petroleumsforening Exploration Revived 2021_2021-09-13 18:00:00
13. to 15. Sep 2021

Exploration Revived 2021


Welcome to Exploration Revived 2021

13-15 September 2021 at Sola, Stavanger

Conference language: English

The conference is set to be arranged as planned, but we will adapt the practical implementation in accordance with governmental advice and guidelines. In case of restrictions on the number of seats, participants are given priority according to the “first come, first served” principle.

For participants joining our location in Oslo the address is Lilleakerveien 4, 0283 Oslo.
This is Statskraft and CGG building at Lysaker.

Dear Fellow Explorationists

NPF and the conference committee are again pleased to invite you to the “Exploration Revived” conference. The conference will take place at Clarion Hotel Air, Sola (Stavanger) on 13 – 15 September 2021.


Core Viewing and Ice-breaker at Stratum Reservoir 13 September!

There will be a combined Core Viewing and Ice-breaker at Stratum Reservoir, on Monday evening at 19.00 hrs! Do not miss this opportunity to network with your peers and attend Core presentations on the following:

  • Lysing, Lange and Garn reservoirs from Skarv-Ærfugl-Gråsel, both from fields and nearby wells
  • Evra/Iving with injectites, submarine fans, alluvial sequences and weathered basement
  • The Silfari well with volcanic material and precious metals
  • Released wells initiative (digital cuttings project)


Over the two conference days, you can follow four keynote presentations and 14 different case studies. Invited speakers from the industry and academia will cover different aspects of breaking new ground in Exploration, involving new or revived plays, new ways of integrating data, new technology and strategies.


The key element of this conference is NETWORKING. There will be plenty of time for delegates to meet peers from the industry. Monday night will start with a social gathering (more info to come). During the conference there will be several networking opportunities, so please come join us for the aperitif and conference dinner Tuesday evening.


Exploration Revived Award

The Exploration Revived Award is instigated by the Norwegian Petroleum Society as a recognition of companies who have made outstanding exploration efforts on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in order to locate new oil and gas resources and thus contribute value to the Norwegian Society.

It is therefore with great pleasure that we introduce the finalists for the exclusive Exploration Revived Award, in random order:

  • ConocoPhillips
  • Equinor
  • Vår Energi

Congratulations to all finalists! Read more about the jury’s reasoning behind the nominations here.


The Exploration Revived Award 2021 Committee: 

  • Rikke Elsøe Bruhn, DNO
  • Sidsel Lindsø, ExploCrowd
  • Rune Mogensen, Previously at ConocoPhillips
  • Vetle Vinje, CGG
  • Kjersti Dahle Grov, NPD


We look forward welcoming students to Exploration Revived! 

Thank you to Vår Energi that have sponsored student participation this year! We welcome students to apply for admission to our popular Exploration Revived Conference.

Students, senior year / Master / PhD can apply for free admission to the conference. To be applicable you must be a student at a Norwegian university or university college. The free admission includes conference participation both days, conference dinner, ice-breaker and accommodation.
Applications can be sent to


We look forward to welcoming you to Sola, Stavanger in September! 


For further information, please contact:

Norwegian Petroleum Society
Tonje Raknes, project manager


Student sponsor:





Ice-breaker and Core viewing sponsors:




Monday 13. September


Shuttle transport from Clarion Hotel Air to Stratum Reservoir

Make sure to register in advance!

Ice-Breaker and Core Viewing at Stratum Reservoir
Address: Nikkelveien 13, 4313 Sandnes

Core presentations on the follwoing: 
- Lysing, Lange and Garn reservoirs from Skarv-Ærfugl-Gråsel, both from fields and nearby wells
- Evra/Iving with injectites, submarine fans, alluvial sequences and weathered basement
- The Silfari well with volcanic material and precious metals
- Released wells initiative (digital cuttings project)

Shuttle transport from Stratum Reservoir to Clarion Hotel Air

Tuesday 14. September


Registration at Clarion Hotel Air


Welcome and introduction

Tina Rasmussen Olsen, INEOS E&P Norge AS and Chair conference programme committee

Hans Christen Rønnevik - Tribute

Torstein Sanness, Board member of Lundin-Energy

NPD overview and news

Chairs: Marit Johansen, Equinor & Franziska Blystad, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

KEYNOTE: Sustained NCS Exploration Activity and Value Creation

Torgeir Stordal, Director Technology and Coexistence, NPD

Maria revitalization

Vedad Hadziavdic, Project Manager, Maria Revitalization, Wintershall Dea

The Chestnut Field- Opportunity Amid Uncertainty

Anna Fletcher, Senior Geophysicist, Spirit-Energy

Refreshments / networking

High-value barrels


KEYNOTE: Future outlook for Exploration, strategy, high value barrels in the Skarv area

Evy Glørstad, SVP Exploration and Reservoir, Aker BP


Nina Bakke, Geologist Skarv Asset, Aker BP

Dugong and Tail: four wells in fourteen months

Carly Marshall, Head of Greater Dugong Area, Neptune Energy


Chairs: Idar Horstad, Lundin-Energy & Hege Susanne Blasternes, Vår Energi

Dvalin Nord

Kate Langaker, Senior Geologist, Wintershall Dea

Ørn discovery

Matthias Mieth, Geoscientist, Equinor

7220/7-4 - Isflak discovery

Øystein Wergeland, Sr Geophysicist, Equinor

Refreshments / networking


PL970 Ommadawn Exploration well

Francis Chevalier, Head of Exploration, OMV

Subsurface Competence: today’s challenges and opportunities in Academia

Prof. Alejandro Escalona, Head, Department of Energy Resources, UiS

End of conference day 1


Networking & drinks

Clarion Hotel Air

Conference Dinner at Clarion Hotel Air

Announcement of Exploration Revived Award 2021
Presentation: "In Search of Stardust" by Jon Larsen, Stjernejeger from UiO

Wednesday 15. September

Oil and motivation

Chairs: Rikke Bruhn, DNO & Olav Antonio Blaich, Aker BP

KEYNOTE: Oil and motivation for working in the Oil industry today

Nicholas Ashton, Vice President Technology Development, Equinor

Drilling Schweinsteiger – wildcat exploration in 2020

Tor Kristian Berg, Geoscientist, Wellesley

Iving Discovery – 5 in 1

Einar Sverdrup, Exploration Advisor, MOL

Refreshments / networking


Oil-oil family typing using machine learning applied to the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea

Peder Aursand, Senior Engineer – Machine learning, Aker BP

Real exploration /New concepts



Liv Hege Birkeland Løken, Aker BP

Stovegolvet – a courageous well

Tor Erik Svendsen, Senior geologist, Equinor


Exploration around mature fields

Chairs: Torgeir Vinje, INPEX Norge AS & Idar Horstad, Lundin-Energy

King/Prince: New Discovery near the oldest NCS Production License

Ivan Staine, Exploration Manager Southern North Sea, Vår Energi

Bringing new life to a mature area with three wells in Block 25/7

Andrew Kimber, Appraisal Integration Lead, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS

Refreshments / networking


KEYNOTE: Exploration trends and recent discoveries in the mature North Sea Basin – creating high-value opportunities linked to existing infrastructure

Tom Dreyer, Exploration Manager, Equinor

The Blasto story

Ann-Helen Aamodt, Principal Explorationist & Audun V. Kjemperud, Head of New Business, Idemitsu

Voting for best talk of the conference & announcement of winner


Closing remarks

Tina Rasmussen Olsen, INEOS E&P Norge AS and Chair conference programme committee

End of Conference

Practical information


Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF)


Clarion Hotel Air, Utsolaarmen 16, 4055 NO-Sola, Norway


  • Tina Rasmussen Olsen, INEOS
  • Rikke Bruhn, DNO
  • Torgeir Vinje, INPEX Norge AS
  • Olav Antonio Blaich, Aker BP
  • Idar Horstad, Lundin-Energy
  • Hege Susanne Blasternes, Vår Energi
  • Franziska Blystad, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
  • Marit Johansen, Equinor

Conference fee:

NPF personal members  NOK 8.400,- plus 25% VAT
Non-NPF-members         NOK 9.900,- plus 25% VAT
Dinner                             NOK 900,- plus 25% VAT

Payment can be done upon registration by credit card (Master Card/Visa) or invoice. If the invoice needs to be changed due to wrong or missing information there will added a fee of NOK 150 to the total amount. All international payments must be approved before the conference starts.

Digital participation from Lysaker, Oslo: 

For those unable to travel to Stavanger due to travel restrictions we have set up a second venue at Lilleakerveien 4, Lysaker, Oslo. You will unfortunately miss the Core Viewing, conference dinner and Exploration Revived award show, however you will be able to meet your peers, mingle, and watch all the interesting presentations via our live- stream! Conference fee NOK 5.400 for members / kr 6.900 non-members (ekskl. 25% mva.) Use the vouchercode DIGITAL or DIGITALMEDLEM (NPF-members) at registration. PS!  Maximum capacity is 75 deletates!  

Special Offer!

Bring a colleague under 30 years of age for half price! Participant no. 2 or more under the age of 30 years from the same employer receives a 50% discount.

The conference fee includes:

  • Coffee/tea
  • Lunches
  • Abstract


Social arrangement and Core Viewing – Monday 13 September:

The day before conference starts, September 13th, we welcome you to an “Ice breaker” at 19.00. This year’s Icebreaker and Core Viewing will take place Monday evening at Stratum Reservoir!

Address: Stratum Reservoir, Nikkelveien 13, 4313 Sandnes

Do not miss this opportunity to network with your peers and attend several different Core presentations! Shuttle transport will be available from Clarion Hotel Air at 6.30 pm Monday 13th. To save a seat please make sure to indicate this upon registration.


Membership of the Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF)

We offer conference participants to purchase membership of NPF together with registration and payment for the conference. 1 year membership for conference participants is NOK 1,000.


Clarion Hotel Air – Book your room at : For pre-negotiated prices enter the groupcode: GR007225. Price per night (incl. breakfast): NOK 1,250 for single room.


Cancellations must be received in writing by 30th August 2021, and will be subject to a cancellation fee NOK 2,000 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.

Conference papers:

Abstracts from the presentations will be available after end of conference, if the companies have agree to publish the material. Delegates will be informed when available via e-mail.

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
Tonje Raknes
Project Manager

Tel. +47 983 06 117