A consortium of Norwegian knowledge-based companies and academic bodies, organized by an Iranian energy management and consultancy company Energiring, held a seminar on the development of oil and gas upstream sector in Iran last week.
“The seminar focused on the transfer of technical and management knowhow in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry,” Mohammad Reza Ja’fari-Nasr, an academic figure at the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, was quoted as saying by Shana.
Boosting extraction rate, smart technologies, technical services, mechanisms of technology transfer and contract model were on the confab’s agenda.
“The seminar was a result of four months of talks between RIPI and Energiring,” he said.
According to Ja’fari-Nasr, Energiring has set up a consortium of knowledge-based companies from the University of Stavanger and Petrad Faculty for the implementation of Iranian oil and gas recovery plans.
The consortium engages in activities such as holding seminars, training courses and workshops, implementing joint applied research projects and providing public and private companies and research institutes with management and technical consultation in the Middle East, especially in Iran.
Boosting Extraction Rate
Referring to Iran’s average extraction rate of 27% from its hydrocarbon reserves, the official noted that Energiring has valuable experience in boosting extraction rate to 60% in Norway.
“In view of the fact that boosting oil recovery by only 1% will earn billions of dollars for the country, the issue is of high priority for the development of Iran’s oil and gas industry,” he said.
Iran has more than 15 shared oil and gas fields, the oil extraction rate of which should be raised to help materialize the country’s goal to reach pre-sanctions oil production level that amounted to about 4 million barrels per day in 2011. Ja’fari-Nasr stressed that although Norway’s oil activities date back to three decades, it has a leading industry in applying cutting-edge technology, including deep-water drilling operations, which can help Iran pump more oil. Iran’s oil industry started activities a century ago.
According to RIPI’s official website, Oeystein Foersvoll, the division manager of the Norwegian Stavanger Offshore Technical College, said on the sidelines of the seminar that the college’s main goal for attending the event is to launch bilateral collaboration and provide consultation for Iranian companies on workforce training, a field at which SOTS has expertise.