Oljedirektoratet

Martin Landrø receives the IOR award in 2014

26/08/2014 Martin Landrø has been given the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) IOR award for his work on developing 4D seismic for mapping, production management and monitoring of reservoirs.

Landrø is a professor of geophysics and seismic at the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Martin Landrø is internationally recognised for his contributions to the development of 4D seismic. “Time-lapse” or 4D seismic makes it possible to compare results from seismic 3D surveys carried out with time intervals, for example before a field starts producing, compared with various stages of the production phase. Time is the fourth dimension.

 

Director General Bente Nyland presented the award to Landrø during an event at ONS in Stavanger today.

Director General Bente Nyland presented the award to Landrø during an event at ONS in Stavanger today.



"It is a great honour to receive the NPD’s IOR award. I was entirely unprepared when Director General Bente Nyland called," says Martin Landrø.

The technology makes it possible to see changes in the reservoir over time, and the data can provide information on local pressure changes and changes in the saturation of oil, gas and water.

This information is used to find the best targets for new wells, and to achieve the best possible production and recovery from the field.

“There is no question about Landrø’s integral role in this development. He was one of the pioneers behind the use of 4D seismic on the Gullfaks field in the North Sea,” says Director General Bente Nyland.

“He has also contributed to the application of the technology on many other fields on the Norwegian shelf.”

“Statoil estimates that use of 4D seismic on the Gullfaks field has generated value creation of NOK 6 billion. Value creation generated by 4D seismic is estimated to total more than NOK 22 billion over the last 10 years. (Source: Storting White Paper 28 (2010 – 2011), pg. 55 An industry for the future –  the Norway' petroleum activities)

4D seismic is also used to monitor reservoirs where CO2 is stored to detect potential leaks.

Landrø has a master of science from NTH (Norwegian Institute of Technology) from 1983, and earned a dr. scient. degree in physics in 1986. His scientific career started in 1986, while he was working for SERES, which was a major research collaboration within use of seismic data.

From 1993 to 1996, he worked as a researcher in SINTEF Petroleum, and from 1996 to 1998, he worked as a geophysicist in Statoil. Landrø has also been a visiting professor at the Colorado School of Mines in the US (2005-2006).

Landrø was the project coordinator for the EU research project ATLASS (Analysis of Time LapSe Seismic data). From 2005 to 2009, he was the project leader for a Research Council of Norway project for analysis for four-dimensional seismic data (PETROMAKS).

From 2009 and up to 2013, he headed a research project on improved mapping and monitoring of oil reservoirs.

Since Landrø started working at NTNU 1999, he has advised 77 master students and has been an adviser and co-adviser for 21 doctorate students. He is described as a skilled and inspiring lecturer who helps spread important knowledge to newly qualified engineers.

Martin Landrø has received a number of awards, both for his scientific work and for his ability to inspire and communicate. He has an extensive list of publications, and has given a number of presentations in and outside Norway.


Contact in the NPD:
Mariann Dalland, tel. +47 51876000

Updated: 08/12/2015

Latest news

Drilling permit for well 34/6-7 S
23/05/2024 The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted Aker BP ASA drilling permit for well 34/6-7 S in production licence 932, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Oil discovery in the North Sea
23/05/2024 Equinor has made an oil discovery in well 25/11-H-1 H at the Svalin field in the North Sea.
Production figures April 2024
22/05/2024 Preliminary production figures for April 2024 show an average daily production of 2 104 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate.
Announcement of awards in predefined areas (APA) 2024
08/05/2024 The Ministry of Energy announced APA 2024 on 8 May 2024, encompassing the predefined areas with blocks in the Norwegian Sea, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.
Drilling permission for the wells 7324/6-2 and 7324/8-4
06/05/2024 The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted Aker BP ASA drilling permit for the wells 7324/6-2 and 7324/8-4 in production license 1170, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Eight companies have applied for CO2 storage acreage
30/04/2024 The Norwegian Ministry of Energy has received applications from eight companies in connection with the announcement of two areas in the North Sea for potential storage of CO2 on the Norwegian shelf.
Invitation to nominate blocks for mineral activities on the seabed
29/04/2024 In a letter of 29 April, the Norwegian Offshore Directorate invited players to nominate blocks in connection with the first licensing round for mineral activities on the seabed.
Drilling permission for wells 35/10-14 S and 35/10-14 A
29/04/2024 The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted Equinor Energy AS drilling permit for wells 35/10-14 S and 35/10-14 A in production license 1185, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Well for data acquisition on Wisting
22/04/2024 Equinor has completed an appraisal well (7324/7-4) on the Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea. The objective was to acquire data on the reservoir and cap rock, for use in ongoing evaluation and development of the discovery.
Production figures March 2024
19/04/2024 Preliminary production figures for March 2024 show an average daily production of 2 086 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate.