Add to Calendar 2021-12-06 18:30:00 2021-12-08 16:00:00 Europe/Oslo Reservoir Characterization 2021 Clarion Hotel Air, Utsolaarmen 16, 4055 Sola Norsk Petroleumsforening Reservoir Characterization 2021_2021-12-06 18:30:00
06. to 08. Dec 2021

Reservoir Characterization 2021


Welcome to
Biennial Reservoir Characterization Conference 2021, Stavanger


Getting the basics right: The impact of reservoir characterization on key business decisions.


Stay safe!

The Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF) strives to make everyone feel safe at our conferences.
At this event, we will ensure sufficient distance between the seats, have antibac available and offer face masks for all participants.

NPF follow the situation closely and we adapt our events according to regulations given by the authorities. We remind you to stay at home in case of illness, and to test yourself if you have any symptoms.

Basic reservoir characterization, together with new technologies and recent advantages in digitalization, are fundamental factors for making good business decisions in exploration and reservoir development. This conference aims to present case studies where multidisciplinary and integrated approaches to reservoir characterization has enhanced our knowledge and created new insight of the subsurface.

The conference will run over two days, split into four sessions

  1. Sedimentology, diagenesis and reservoir quality
  2. Structural reservoir characterization
  3. Integrated reservoir characterization – the key to understanding uncertainty
  4. Unusual reservoirs


Core viewing Monday night will have presentations from the following cores: 

  • NOAKA fields
  • Ivar Aasen
  • Balder
  • Edvard Grieg
  • Maria
  • CoreDNA Disruptive Core Analysis
  • HCS Hydro Carbon Scanning demonstration

Special Offer for Young Professionals:

Bring a colleague under 30 for half price! Participant no. 2 or more under the age of 30 from the same employer receives a 50% discount on the conference fee. Contact the project manager for registration.


We look forward welcoming students to Reservoir Characterization! 

Thank you to Vår Energi that have sponsored student participation this year! We welcome students to apply for admission to our popular Reservoir Characterization 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, and ice-breaker.
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:


Sponsor of Core Viewing & Ice-breaker:








Monday 06. December


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:
- NOAKA fields
- Ivar Aasen
- Balder
- Edvard Grieg
- Maria
- CoreDNA Disruptive Core Analysis
- HCS Hydro Carbon Scanning demonstration

Shuttle transport from Stratum Reservoir to Clarion Hotel Air

Tuesday 07. December


Registration at Clarion Hotel Air


Welcome and introduction

Eirik Rosseland Knutsen, Leader of Program Committee

KEYNOTE: High activity level – focus on fundamentals

Arne Jacobsen, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Sedimentology, diagenesis and reservoir quality

Chairs: Eirik Rosseland Knutsen & Hilde Braut

KEYNOTE: Scales and shales, surfaces and services: an outcrop perspective to reservoir characterization

David Hodgson, University of Leeds

Back to basics reservoir characterization and application in one or more of the NOAKA fields

Carsten Elfenbein, Aker BP

Refreshments / networking


Middle Jurassic Brent Group in well 30/2-5 S (Atlantis) - an example of depositional environment and reservoir quality in deeply buried sandstones in the Northern North Sea

Mats Lind Helgheim, Equinor

Predicting reservoir quality in deeply buried sandstones

Lina Hedvig Line, Aker BP

Flow communication in tidal bar settings of the Maria field

Alina Afanasyeva, Wintershall Dea


The impact of structural reservoir characterisation

Chairs: Natalie Palmer, ConocoPhillips & Kevin Joseph Keogh, Equinor

KEYNOTE: Structural reservoir characterization: a focus on connectivity for handling juxtapositions and seals

Tom Manzocchi, UCD

Providing structurally valid inputs for geomodelling. Examples from the Dønna Terrace

Hugh Anderson, Aker BP

Refreshments / networking


Use of outcrop data for structural interpretation of borehole image logs

Paul Gillespie, Equinor

Key considerations in geological analysis and containment risking of CO2 storage sites

Long Wu, Equinor

End of conference day 1


Networking & drinks


Conference Dinner at Clarion Hotel Air

Wednesday 08. December

Integrated reservoir characterization – The key to understanding uncertainty

Chairs: Paul Spencer, Vår Energi & Marie Kjølleberg, Equinor

KEYNOTE: Examples of the reservoir characterization challenges, pitfalls and successes we have had in remobilized sands on the Utsira High

Timothy Head, Vår Energi

Ivar Aasen – Integration of static and dynamic data for an improved subsurface and connectivity understanding

Lodve Olsborg, Aker BP

Insights into uncertainty work and its application in field development planning

Sonja Kuhlmann, ConocoPhillips

Refreshments / networking


Use of ensemble methods replacing deterministic reservoir modelling, thoughts from a geologist

Fridtjof Riis, NPD

Goliat and Ringhorne: innovative solutions to unlock infilling opportunities and optimize well placement’

Bjørn Solli Olsen & Gianbattista Tosi, Vår Energi

Wisting - Integrated mapping of Fruholmen Formation

Lars Martin Moskvil, Equinor


Unusual reservoirs

Chairs: Ronald Sørlie, Lundin & Rodmar Ravnås, Aker BP

Peon – when a shallow gas hazard gets commercial?

Jeremy Watt, Equinor

CO2 storage - dynamic trapping mechanisms due to mineralization

Anja Sundal, University of Oslo

Utsira basement reservoir characterisation using high-resolution WL and LWD borehole image logs

Dr. Carsten Vahle, Eriksfjord AS

Refreshments / networking


Basement reservoirs on the Utsira High

Lars Riber, University of Oslo

An overview of the Californias Giant Injection Complexes: key analogues for subsurface interpretation

Antonio Grippa, Aker BP

Wrap Up & Best Paper Announcement

Eirik Rosseland Knutsen, Leader of Program Committee

End of Conference

Practical information

Members of Conference Committee:

  • Rodmar Ravnås, AkerBP
  • Eirik Rosseland Knutsen, AkerBP
  • Ronald Sørlie, Lundin
  • Paul Spencer, Vår Energi
  • Kevin Keogh, Equinor
  • Hilde Braut, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
  • Christian Haug Eide, UiB
  • Natalie Palmer, ConocoPhillips
  • Marie Kjølleberg, Equinor


Clarion Hotel Air, Utsolaarmen 16, 4055 Sola

Conference fee:

NPF personal members NOK 8,400 plus 25% vat
Non-NPF members  NOK 9,900 plus 25 % vat


Payment can be done upon registration by credit card (Master Card/Visa/AmEx) or by 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.

The fee includes:
– Conference papers
– Coffee/tea
– Lunches
– Conference Dinner

Social arrangement and Core Viewing – Monday 6 December:

The day before conference starts, December 6th, 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 16th. To save a seat please make sure to indicate this upon registration.



Cancellations must be received in writing by 19 November 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.

Conference paper:

Presentations from the conference will be available on Internet after end of conference. Delegates will be informed when available by 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.

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.


We have reserved a number of rooms at the Clarion Hotel Air. NOK 1,490 per night. Hotel is not included in the conference fee and must be paid upon check-out.

For further information please contact:

Norwegian Petroleum Society
Project Manager Tonje Raknes
tel. +47 983 06 118