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13. to 15. Mar 2023

Exploration Revived 2023


Welcome to Exploration Revived 2023

13 – 15 March,  Clarion Hotel Air, Sola, Stavanger

Dear Fellow Explorationists

NPF and the conference committee are pleased to welcome you to the “Exploration Revived” conference. The 10th NPF Biennial Petroleum Geology Conference will take place at Clarion Hotel Air, Sola (Stavanger), 14-15 March 2023.

Please also note that there will be an “icebreaker” in the afternoon on 13th March.

Exploration Revived Award 2023

The Exploration Revived Award 2023 will be announced during the conference dinner, Tuesday 14th March. The intention behind this award is to stimulate the exploration on the Norwegian shelf and it is awarded biennially at the NPF Exploration Revived Conference.

The award will be given to groups or companies who, over the preceding two years, have contributed to moving Exploration of the shelf forward by:

  • Testing new play concepts and/or exploration models
  • Testing high-risk/high-potential targets
  • Contributing to geological breakthroughs
  • Exploring for upside potential in more mature areas with established play types, supporting an extended lifetime of producing field
  • Reducing exploration risk by developing and/or applying new techniques and technologies
  • Any other combination of ideas, technology and risk-taking resulting in revived exploration

The award is based on nominations from the exploration community in Norway and is decided by a committee appointed by the Exploration Revived conference organizing committee.

The prize consists of a lithographic print and a certificate/diploma.

The Exploration Revived Award 2023 Committee:

  • Ingrid Sølvberg
  • Hilde Braut
  • Anders Wittemann
  • Tim Dodson
  • Sidsel Lindsø

Please send your nominations to Kåre Vagle, Managing Director – Please state the reason for your choice of nominated candidates. The deadline for the submission of candidates is 20 February 2023.

We look forward to welcoming students to Exploration Revived! 

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

Master and PhD students can apply for free admission to the conference. To apply you must be a Norwegian university or university college student. Admission includes conference participation on both days, conference dinner, icebreaker and accommodation. Note! Accommodation will not be offered to students living in the Stavanger/Sandnes region. Applications can be sent to

Social Event and Core Viewing – Monday 13 March

The day before the conference starts, March 13th, we welcome you to an “icebreaker” at 19.00 hrs. This year’s Social Event and Core Viewing will take place Monday evening at Stratum Reservoir!

Cores displayed at the Stratum Icebreaker:
Well: 2/5-15 Prospect: Gomez – presented by Donatella Mellere NPD press release
Well: 2/8-19 Prospect: Overly – presented by Gunnar Aschjem NPD press release
Well: 34/6-5 S Prospect: Garantiana Vest – presented by Atle Folkestad NPD press release
Well: 35/10-7 S Prospect: Toppand – presented by Geir Helgesen NPD press release
Well: 6507/4-3 S Prospect: Peder – presented by Catherine Baird NPD press release
Well: 6507/3-15 Prospect: Newt – presented by Juha Ahokas NPD press release
Well: 6607/12-5 Prospect: Uer – presented by Kati Tänavsuu-Milkeviciene NPD press release

Address: Stratum Reservoir, Nikkelveien 13, 4313 Sandnes

Thank you to INPEX Idemitsu and Aker BP, who have sponsored the Icebreaker this year!


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 18.30 hrs Monday 13th. To save a seat please make sure to indicate this upon registration.


For further information, please contact:

Norwegian Petroleum Society
Even Isachsen, project manager


Monday 13. March


Shuttle transport from Clarion Hotel Air to Stratum Reservoir

Make sure to register in advance!

Icebreaker and Core Viewing at Stratum Reservoir

Chair: Idar Horstad, Aker BP

Shuttle transport from Stratum Reservoir to Clarion Hotel Air

Tuesday 14. March




Welcome and introduction

Tina Rasmussen Olsen, PGNiG Upstream Norway, Chair conference programme committee


Torgeir Vinje, INPEX Idemitsu and Idar Horstad, Aker BP

Keynote: Exploration - perspectives

Kjersti Dahle, NPD

The Kveikje discovery - Lower Eocene deep marine fan and injectites

Ane Birgitte Nødtvedt, Lead Geologist, Equinor ASA

The Overly Oil Discovery, new play in a mature area

Gunnar Aschjem, Aker BP ASA

The Role of Salt Welding in the Paleozoic - Triassic Petroleum Systems of the Southern North Sea

Artur Przybylo, Senior Exploration Geophysicist and Carlo Cavalli, Principal Geologist, PGNiG Upstream Norway AS

Refreshments & networking

Sponsored by DNO

Chasing the Agat play – the Hamlet and Ofelia discoveries

Øyvind Dag Skinnemoen, Lead Exploration Geologist, Neptune Energy Norge AS

The Toppand Discovery - continued Brent exploration success in the Fram area

Atle Nygård, Principal Geologist & Anita Heber, Senior Geophysicist, Equinor ASA

The Lower Jurassic Cook Formation (northern North Sea) interpreted as north - south prograding tidal deltas and shelf ridges in the Early Jurassic Seaway with linkage to the Norwegian Sea

Atle Folkestad, Lead Geologist, Equinor ASA



Sara Sandvik, Vår Energi and Grim Gjeldvik, DNO

The Melstein well and its results; Part of the journey exploring the Frøya High

Steve Thomas, Seismic Interpreter, Aker BP ASA

Fat Canyon, attempting to unlock Frøya High potential

Benjamin Bonnier, Principal Exploration Geologist, PGNiG Upstream Norway AS

Refreshments & networking

Sponsored by DNO

KEYNOTE: Oil seeps on the NCS

Rune Mattingsdal, Geologist, NPD

A Good Day at the Office – an OIL & GAS story from the Barents Sea

Matteo Gennaro, Principal Exploration Advisor and Michiel Van Noorden, Vår Energi

Back-to-back exploration success at Johan Castberg, Barents Sea

Katrine Gotliebsen, Senior Geophysicist and Øystein Wergeland, Principal Geophysicist, EquinorASA

End of conference day 1


Networking & drinks


Conference Dinner

Announcement of Exploration Revived Award

Wednesday 15. March


Tom Dreyer, Equinor and Sara Sandvik, Vår Energi

KEYNOTE: Coexistence on the NCS

Jorge Sanchez-Borque, NPD

6507/4-3S Peder – an amplitude pitfall

Gunnar Iversen, Principal Geophysicist and Catherine Baird, Staff Geologist, ConocoPhillips

Slagugle Discovery & Appraisal 

Clas Normann, Staff Reservoir Engineer and Jan Ivar Sigbjørnsen, Staff Geologist, ConocoPhillips

Refreshments & networking

Sponsored by DNO

Norwegian Sea near field exploration, new potential in the Tilje and Åre formations

Arild Kjeldstad, Norwegian Sea Exploration Manager, Wintershall Dea Norge AS

The Calypso discovery

Gildas Lageat, Neptune Energy Norge AS

Near Field Exploration in the Skarv Area

Eva Marie Traa, Aker BP ASA



Torgeir Vinje, INPEX Idemitsu and Grim Gjeldvik, DNO

Edinburgh: The Long Story Behind Drilling a High Impact Well

Gordon Smith, DNO

30/5-4 S & -A Oswig, the “In Place” are there!

Hege Stensland and Stefan Weber, Geologist, OMV AS

Exploring to expand the Draugen reach; Generating shared value – a win-win story from the Norwegian Sea

Haakon Dyrnes, OKEA

Exploration based on relinquishment

Lars Marius Lyngstadaas Søvik, M Vest Energy

Voting for best talk of the conference & announcement of winner


Closing remarks

Tina Rasmussen Olsen, PGNiG Upstream Norway, 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, PGNiG Upstream Norway
  • Grim Gjeldvik, DNO
  • Idar Horstad, Aker BP
  • Torgeir Vinje, INPEX Idemitsu Norge
  • Sara Sandvik, Vår Energi
  • Franziska Blystad, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
  • Tom Dreyer, Equinor
  • Kåre Vagle, NPF

Participation fees:

NPF personal members  NOK 8,900 plus 25% VAT
Non-NPF-members         NOK 10,400 plus 25% VAT
Dinner                             NOK 900 plus 25% VAT
Icebreaker                       NOK 500 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, a fee of NOK 150 will be added to the total amount. All international payments must be approved before the conference starts.

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

Group discount:

In the case of group bookings when six participants from the same company pay full conference fee, participant number 7 and above will receive a 50% discount. Group bookings are made by contacting or

Membership of the Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF)

We offer conference participants to purchase a membership of NPF together with registration and payment for the conference. 1-year membership for conference participants is NOK 1,000. Reduced membership fees apply for young professionals under the age of 34, students and seniors.


Clarion Hotel Air: Book your room when signing up for the conference. Payment is directly to the hotel upon check-out. NPF is not responsible for no-shows.

Price per night (incl. breakfast): NOK 1,650 for a single room.


Cancellations must be received in writing by 27 February 2023 and will be subject to a cancellation fee of 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 only be refunded the conference fee and/or the exhibition fee. Other expenses the participants may have will not be refunded.

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 fulfil the obligations of conducting the conference entitle NPF to cancel the event without liability.

Conference papers

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

Programme changes

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


For further information please contact:

Norwegian Petroleum Society
Even Berglund Isachsen
Project Manager

Tel. +47 971 61 845