The main activities occurred within the framework of the two research centres, the National Centre for Increased Oil Recovery and COREC. Development of for improved oil recovery, advanced laboratory experiments, data assimilation, simulator development, and modelling are the main activities in this area.
The National IOR Centre
In 2016, the National Centre for Increased Oil Recovery organised the second IOR NORWAY conference at the University of Stavanger. The conference was extremely successful, with more than 300 delegates participating, from the industry, research institutions and academia. IRIS organised the 11th International EnKF workshop at Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik, in Hardanger
COREC Centre for Oil Recovery
Corec is a research collaboration between IRIS, UiS and the Ekofisk license partners. ConocoPhillips is the operator of Ekofisk, and they initiated this collaboration in 2003. In 2016, the Centre entered into its 14th year of operation. Research Director Ying Guo from IRIS leads the centre. The goal for the research in the period 2016-2018 is to develop methods for increased recovery which can yield a recovery rate of over 50%, by 2050. This will result in that the Ekofisk field will be the lime field in the world with the highest recovery rate.
Better Reservoir Models
IRIS published the first article on the use of ensemble-based methods for improving reservoir models in 2002. ITIS has had major research projects in this area supported by the Research Council of Norway since 2004. In 2015, we started the fourth large project to develop the method one step further, and this time we include 4D seismic techniques. This project has a budget of approx. NOK 28 million and will be active during the period 2015-2018. The industry sees the importance of including this big data information in the reservoir models so as to give them an even better basis for making the right decisions, and we intend to help them in this in the best possible way.
A substantial amount of research in both drilling and well technology, and increased recovery, is about digitisation and robotisation. Software development, development of simulation tools and decision support tools have been one of the main activities in IRIS Energy, for decades. We develop software programs that replace manual processes within drilling. We develop software for history customisation and production optimisation that replaces previous manual procedures. In recent years, we have strengthened our expertise in computer science and software development. We have a large environment that works with development of open source software. Collaborating on an open platform with open source code is a very successful model for collaboration across organisations.