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23. to 24. May 2023

Petroleum Systems Conference 2023


Welcome to the Petroleum Systems Conference (PSC) 2023

23 – 24 May 2023, Quality Hotel Expo, Fornebu (Oslo)


Conference language: English

This is the third edition of the Petroleum Systems Conference (PSC). This follows great participation and success in the prior meetings in Stavanger in 2018 and the virtual conference held in 2021.

The PSC 2023 will be held 23 – 24 May at Fornebu, close to Oslo, and aims to improve understanding and collaboration between petroleum system practitioners and geoscientists in both academia and industry. In the context of the current global energy challenges, petroleum systems analysis must continue to play a central role in delivering the discoveries needed to meet the medium-term energy demand.  In addition, the technical understanding and integrated nature of this discipline make it one of the core capabilities required to facilitate the longer-term energy transition. To achieve these goals, the petroleum systems analyst must extract greater depths of information from the wealth of data obtained from decades of exploration, while continuing to develop novel approaches to interrogate samples or models with greater specificity and precision. This endeavor will be greatly supported by the ongoing digital revolution and application of advanced analytics.

As with the previous editions, this PSC will present inter-disciplinary petroleum systems case studies, showcasing the integration of geochemical, geological and geophysical workflows across the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). We encourage submission of presentations spanning topics including, but not limited to:

  • The continued search for alternative source rocks on the NCS
  • Extracting more information from established workflows and application of data science
  • Investigation of new state of the art geochemical techniques and integration of next generation basin modeling approaches
  • The application of petroleum systems analysis to new environmental and energy transition challenges.

Abstracts submitted

The abstract submissions for the Petroleum Systems Conference 2023 are now closed. The abstracts will be made available to the Conference Delegates.


On behalf of the Program Committee, we hope to see you at the seminar in May.


Michael Lawson
Aker BP
Chair of Program Committee


Tuesday 23. May




Welcome and introduction

Michael Lawson - Aker BP and Chair of Program Committee

Regional Petroleum Systems Analysis

Chairs: Jorge Sanchez-Borque and Tesfa Abay

KEYNOTE: Understanding charge & HC migration failures in Norwegian North Sea

Balazs Badics - Senior geologist, Wintershall Dea Norway

A comparison of the petroleum geology and rift structures of the Viking Graben (North Sea) and the pre-contractional Eastern Cordillera of Colombia.

Vinicius Riguete- IFP School

Andrés Mora - Ecopetrol
Mauricio Parra - Institute of Geosciences, University of Sao Paulo
Gianreto Manatschal - University of Strasbourg

Integrated source rock identification, characterization and extrapolation

Michael Lawson - Aker BP

Authors: Mårten Blixt, Neal Morgan, Kjetil Westing, Christian Lehre, Benedikt Lerch and Paul Milner - Aker BP

Refreshments and Networking


Migration marker compounds: Are we heading in the right direction?

Laura Milne - Integrated Geochemical Interpretation Ltd. in co-operation with AkerBP and Harbour Energy

Predicting fluid migration pathways and dynamic flow localization in the subsurface

Lawrence Hongliang Wang - Institute for Energy Technology

Viktoriya Yarushina - Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller, Norway
Reinier van Noort - Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller, Norway

Some myths of petroleum generation, expulsion, migration and trap filling

John G. Stainforth - Independent geological/geochemical consultant


Alternative Source rocks on the NCS

Chairs: Sverre E. Ohm, UIS and Jon Halvard Pedersen - Aker BP

KEYNOTE: Gas on the NCS – In an Europe – Starved of Energy

Dag Arild Karlsen, Tesfamariam Berhane Abay - University of Oslo

Jurassic World – Camp Cretaceous: The evolution in the hunt for the hidden source

Benedikt Lerch - Aker BP

Zechstein-like Petroleum Systems: A Preliminary Evaluation

Andres Cedeño - University of Stavanger

Alejandro Escalona - University of Stavanger
Andrew Pepper - This !s Petroleum Systems LLC
Sverre Ohm - University of Stavanger
Dora Marín - Vår Energi

Refreshments and Networking


The 7130/4-1 Ørnen gas discovery on the Finnmark Platform: old gas - new play?

Jon Halvard Pedersen - Aker BP & Carl Erik Dons - Aker BP, retired

Palaeozic Petroleum System Wanted: Rather Alive than Dead

Guro Skarstein- University of Stavanger

Sverre E. Ohm og Alejandro Escalona - University of Stavanger

Organic Geochemical Study of Bituminous Sedimentary Rocks in Ny Friesland, Spitsbergen: Insights into Potential Lower Paleozoic Source Rocks

Tesfamariam Berhane Abay - Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo

Dag Arild Karlsen - Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo
Nils-Martin Hanken - Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo
Jon Halvard Pedersen - Lundin Norway As (Now Aker BP ASA)
Snorre Olaussen - University Centre in Svalbard

End of day one




Conference Dinner

Wednesday 24. May


Welcome and introduction, day 2

Michael Lawson - Aker BP and Chair of Program Committee

Novel techniques applied to Petroleum Systems Analysis

Chairs: Michael Lawson and Jorge Sanchez-Borque

KEYNOTE: Molecular isotopic structure as a window on the origins and fates of natural hydrocarbons

Prof. John M. Eiler - Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. California Institute of Technology

Time constraints on hydrocarbon migration and caprock formation recorded by calcite spar in a Carboniferous–Permian carbonate-evaporite succession, Finnmark Platform, Barents Sea

Aivo Lepland - Marine Geologist - Geological Survey of Norway

Malcolm S.W. Hodgskiss - Geological Survey of Norway
Nivedita Thiagarajan - California Institute of Technology
Niels Rameil - AkerBP
Harald Brunstad - AkerBP
Erik Hammer - AkerBP
Jon Halvard Pedersen - AkerBP
Kalle Kirsimae - University of Tartu
Atle Mørk

Fluid Chemistry Workflows for Production Allocation: An example from a North Sea Oilfield

Craig D. Barrie - Chief Operating Officer, Applied Petroleum Technology

Sources of mercury in petroleum

Sverre E. Ohm - University of Stavanger / Consultant, OPGIS

Refreshments and Networking

Natural gases - Subsurface to seeps

Chairs: Olaf Thiessen and Christoph Kierdorf

KEYNOTE: Greenhouse gas emissions from marine decommissioned hydrocarbon wells: leakage detection, monitoring and mitigation strategies

Dr. Christoph Böttner - Aarhus University

A new young soure rock offshore western Svalbard proven with oil seep geochemical results - Possible regional implication for the westernmost Barents Sea

Rune Mattingsdal - Norwegian Petroleum Directorate



Seep and Overburden Gas - NO 7125/1-1 Binne vs Barents Sea et al

Olaf Thiessen - Equinor

Well site gas for reservoir evaluation

Julian Moore - Applied Petroleum Technology (APT)

Tim Dodd and Lloyd Jones - Applied Petroleum Technology (APT)

A Simple Approach Using Standard Mud Gas Data to Distinguish Oil and Gas Zones in Depleted Reservoirs

Dr. Tao Yang - Senior Specialist Reservoir Technology Technology, Digital and Innovation, Equinor

Alexandra Cely, Nan Cheng, Sandrine Donnadieu, and Marianne Iversen - Equinor

Hydrocarbon evaluation in real-time using Advanced Mudgas Logging: fast-tracking exploration work and assist in safer and optimised operations

Daniel Finken, Senior Geologist Exploration - Equinor

Mette Lundberg og Martin Niemann - Equinor

Refreshments and Networking

Environment and Energy Transition

Chair: Balazs Badics

KEYNOTE: Deep sea mineral deposits on the NCS – learnings and challenges

Stig-Morten Knutsen - Chief Geologist, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)

Distribution of Upper Jurassic–Upper Cretaceous seals in the northern Horda Platform: considerations for CO2 storage within the Smeaheia area (EL002)

Johnathon L. Osmond - Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oslo

Measurements of capillary breakthrough pressures and permeabilities in traditional seals and application for CO2 storage

Magnus Soldal- Avdelingsleder Bergmekanisk og geofysisk testing, NGI and University of Oslo
Elin Skurtveit - Associate Professor II - Study of sedimentary basins, NGI and University of Oslo

Luke Griffiths - NGI
Halvard Smith - NGI
Lars Grande - NGI

Voting for best talk of the conference & announcement of winner


Closing remarks and awards

Michael Lawson - Aker BP and Chair of Program Committee

Practical information

Members of the Program Committee

  • Michael Lawson, Aker BP
  • Balazs Badics, Wintershall DEA
  • Jorge Sánchez-Borque, OD
  • Bjørn Kåre Bryn, DNO/ NPF G&G
  • Sidsel Lindsø, ExploCrowd
  • Tesfa Abay, UiO
  • Christoph Kierdorf, APT
  • Olaf Thiessen, Equinor
  • Mette Lundberg, Equinor
  • Sverre Ohm, UiS
  • Hanne Hernes, NPF


Quality Hotel Expo, Snarøyveien 20, 1360 Fornebu.

Conference fee

  • NPF personal members NOK 6,900 plus 25% VAT
  • Non-members NOK 8,400 plus 25 % VAT

Conference Dinner

  • Dinner NOK 940 plus 25% VAT


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.

Contact the Project Manager for more information and registration.

The conference fee includes:

  • Conference Presentations and Abstracts
  • Coffee/tea
  • Lunches


Quality Hotel Expo, Snarøyveien 20, 1360 Fornebu.

NOK 1,525 (incl. VAT) per night including breakfast. Accommodation must be paid directly to the hotel upon departure. NPF is not responsible for no-shows.

Membership of the Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF)

We offer conference participants to purchase membership of NPF together with registration and payment of 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.


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.


Cancellations must be received in writing by 9 May 2023, 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 paper

Presentations from the conference will be available after end of conference. Delegates will be informed when available via e-mail.

Programme changes

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



For further information please contact:
Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF)
Hanne Hernes
Project Manager
tel. +47 404 52 327