«A fantastic event»
These words belong to exploration manager Reijo Kangas in OMV Norway. They fell when he spoke at the conference Recent Discoveries & NCS Prospect Fair and stated that he was very pleased to have spent two days at Scandic Fornebu on May 14-15 2014. In good company. He was with more than 320 other geologists and geophysicists.
There were a total of 25 lectures given, and there was a good mix of presentations with new discoveries (in line with the conference theme), dry wells and prospects to be drilled, of which the latter may have been an important aspect of the next “Recent Discoveries” conference, which took place in 2016.
Six key notes gave a perspective on the development of the Norwegian continental shelf after the APA scheme was introduced 15 years ago (with the North Sea awards), while two companies had taken the challenge to tell how they will compete in the razor-sharp competition for new licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
The social program contained primarily an excursion along the beach at Fornebu. Here the rocks (limestones and shales) associated early Paleozoic, and more than 100 participants at the conference joined Hans Arne Nakrem (Natural History Museum) and Morten Bergen (Bayerngas) on a late afternoon walk in the nice weather. Nicola Møller (Statoil) and Fredrik Bockelie (Ithaca) kindly assisted.
The following morning was reserved for bird watching for “early birds” (starting at. 06.00), also led by Morten Bergan. 48 species were identified. As a geologist, he found only 3 (rock) species (shale, limestone and diabase).
The scope of the May 2015 conference is to demonstrate how recent advances have helped making new discoveries, and how they can contribute to future discoveries, small and large.