As part of an agreement involving equipment, training and R&D, Det norske lifts education and research in geology at the University of Tromsø (UiT).
– “We have received instruments of Rolls Royce quality” , says professor Tore Vorren.
The instruments were formally handed over on June 23rd, at The institute of Geology at UiT.
The agreement between Det norske and UiT involves three items;
1. Delivery of a fully mobile, containerized XRF core scanner for detailed visual and compositional analysis of drill cores.
2. Delivery of a precision XRF spectrometer for quantitative analysis of chemical elements in rock- or fluid samples. Up to 60 samples can be loaded simultanously.
3. Salaries for a full time researcher, Matthias Forwick, for the agreement period.
The agreement has a total budget of 9,6 mill NOK over 3 years.
Professor in geology, Tore Vorren is very pleased with this agreement:
” This represents a substantial upgrading of our instrument park at The institute of Geology. Our laboratory equipment is in constant need for upgrading and the competition to get state funding is very hard. We are thus very fortunate to be supported by Det norske.”
One of a kind in Northern Norway
“These instruments can determine the chemical composition of rock samples from both the sea bed and inland mountains. We may be able to understand better the link between erosion, deposition and the link between geologic and climatic processes of the geologic past. We may also find the sources for matter from ancient mud slides at the sea bed, to give a few examples.”
” The core scanner is a Rolls Royce in its league, there are only 19 of them in the world and we have the only one in Northern Norway. We now have a solid foundation for co-operation with other research institutions as well as the industry”, says professor Tore Vorren.
At the top of the wish list
“We want to provide the University of Tromsø with means to produce high quality research as well as good candidates for future employment within the oil industry and Det norske. When asking UiT what was on the top of their wish list, they came up with the answer that resulted in this R&D agreement. I sincerely hope that the equipment we are inaugurating today, will be in operation day and night and that other departments at UiT will discover how this equipment may benefit them as well”.”
We will provide our share of future research around these instruments” says R&D manager of Det norske, Hans Konrad Johnsen.
About Det norske:
Det norske oljeselskap ASA has interests in a total of 74 licenses, with 37 operatorships. Det norske is the second-largest operating company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf both considering number of operatotships and exploration activity. I 2009 the company operated nine exploration wells, and the high activity will continue in 2010. Det norske runs its activities in a safe and responsible manner in close cooperation with the authorities.
Det norske currently employs a staff of 180. The company`s registered office is located in Trondheim. The company also has offices in Oslo,Harstad, and Stavanger. Det norske is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (DETNOR).