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Norwegian energy delegation to visit UND next week
WHO: A delegation from Norway, including energy industry and college officials, and several Norwegian diplomats in the U.S. The delegation also comprises several people from Innovation Norway, a state-owned company that promotes industrial development; and a group from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.
WHAT: The delegation will visit the University of North Dakota
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 23.
WHERE: University of North Dakota campus, as follows:
9 a.m. – Arrive at North Dakota Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library (bus drops delegation off at Core Library)
*Welcome- Provost Tom DiLorenzo and College of Engineering and Mines Dean Hesham El-Rewini
*UND Petroleum Engineering Chair Steve Benson will provide brief overview of library collection and services
*Demonstrate new equipment: Gamma Ray Logger for well core analysis with Russell Carr, a Master's student in geological engineering
9:30 a.m. Leonard Hall – Geothermal Energy
*Geothermal Energy in the Oil Field (DOE funded) with Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering Will Gosnold and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Mike Mann*Enhanced Oil Recovery Using Surfactant Imbibition From Tight Oil (RPSEA/DOE & IVDIC funded) with UND geologist Dongmei Wang
9:55 a.m. -- Upson I – Geomechanics Research
*Demonstrate research facility/ core samples
*Core Plug Sample Research Project Poster: Bakken Geomechanics (DOE funded), with Kegang Ling, UND Petroleum Engineering faculty
*Demonstrate new equipment: handheld X Ray Fluorescence (XRF) for well core and cuttings analysis, with Nick Lentz, UND Petroleum Engineering facultyu
10:30 a.m. -- Harrington Hall, Jodsaas Center – Morning Refreshment Break sponsored by Society of Petroleum Engineers , UND Petrobowl, and the Society of Women Engineers
10:45 a.m. -- Harrington Hall, Room 160 – Fuel Conversion and Environmental Systems Research, with Steve Benson, and others
11:15 a.m. -- Transport delegation to the Gorecki Center -- MOU Signing and Lunch
11:30 a.m. -- MOU Signing -- Hyslop Alumni Lounge
*MOU: College of Engineering and Mines, The University of North Dakota & Petroleum Research School of Norway – Hesham El-Rewini and Arne Graue
*MOU: The University of North Dakota & The University of Bergen – Thomas DiLorenzo and Geir Anton Johansen
12 p.m. -- Lunch: Gransberg Community Room – Gorecki Alumni Center
1:15 p.m. Travel by bus to the Energy & Environmental Center – Gerald Groenewold, director
2 p.m. -- Travel by bus to Chester Fritz Library -- welcome – Wilbur Stolt, UND Director of Libraries
* Bygedebøk Collection – Curt Hanson, Special Collections
* Comments – Arne Brekke
2:30 p.m. Chester Fritz Library, Asian Room
*Investigating Uncertainties Related to Temporary Labor Housing: The ND Man Camp Project, with Bret Weber, Sociology faculty member and Bill Caraher, History faculty member.
2:50--3:40 p.m. meetings
3:40 p.m. Harrington Hall, Jodsass Center, Networking Break sponsored by UND College of Engineering & Mines
4--4:15 Bus loading & Departure from UND
DETAILS: A delegation from Norway, including energy industry and college officials, and several Norwegian diplomats in the U.S. The delegation also several people from Innovation Norway, a state-owned company that promotes industrial development; and a group from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. A key aim of the visit is the signing of two memoranda of understanding (MOU) with UND.
Members of this elite group are expected to meet with key UND administrators, college deans, department heads, and faculty members. They will tour the North Dakota State Wilson M. Laird Core & Sample Library, located on the UND campus.
The visit is a follow-up to visit to UND last year of a delegation headed by Ola Borten Moe, Norway's minister of petroleum and energy to discuss the future of oil and gas and the Norwegian perspective. Oil and gas were discovered on the Norwegian Continental Shelf more than 40 years ago. Offshore oil and gas resources have benefited Norwegian society, making it possible to create the largest pension fund in the world of more than $600 billion for a country of five million citizens.
The petroleum industry is Norway's largest, employing about 200,000 people. Recently several large discoveries have been made on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The oil industry is now moving north – a development which holds great potential and creates considerable excitement and some controversy. Two years ago Norway's state-controlled Statoil came to North Dakota with the strategic acquisition of Brigham Exploration for $4.4 billion thus becoming a major oil company in North Dakota.
Statoil is two-thirds owned by the Norwegian government. Norway is the second-largest net exporter of gas and is the seventh-largest exporter of oil in the world.
The UND-based Nordic Initiative hosted Moe visit, which included talks with Norwegian students at UND, oil experts, government officials and energy leaders as well as Statoil.