The Greater Stavanger region has long been known for its expertise as the petroleum capital of Norway, so it was only natural in 2007 that Stavanger was chosen to represent two important clusters: well services and integrated operations. Arena Brønn (Norwegian for “well”) and a world leading petroleum cluster within integrated operations and real-time reservoir management, called Arena IO was created through the ARENA programme spearheaded by Innovation Norway, the Research Council of Norway and the Industrial Corporation of Norway.
Arena Brønnteknologi (Centre for Smart & Safe Wells)
In November 2007, leading people within well technology saw the opportunity to strengthen the cluster and created the Arena Brønnteknologi (Norwegian for “well technology”) programme. Known as Centre for Smart and Safe Wells, the well technology cluster addresses a wide range of wellbore themes, from operational aspects to the nuts and bolts of drilling and well design.
One focus area is well integrity. A survey performed by the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway revealed that 18% of the wells on the Norwegian Continental Shelf have some kind of integrity failure. This has implications both in terms of HSE and costly production stops, according to Øystein Arild, ARENA Brønnteknologi project leader. Another focus area has been gas lift technology, a means of improving production in older production wells by injecting gas into the wellbore.
The leading international well services and technology companies, such as Halliburton, Schlumberger, and Weatherford have offices in Stavanger, as do large Norwegian companies such as Aker Solutions and Roxar. Both large and small players, including oil and gas companies, meet in ARENA’s well technology network meetings, but the programme actually targets promoting growth in the small-to-medium sized companies (SMEs), particularly abroad.
According to Arild, “In general, Stavanger is a very mature petroleum cluster, so our well technology is leading worldwide,” he added. “In the long-term, the ARENA programme should strengthen awareness that we area a cluster and keep competence and technology here and change the way the world looks upon us. We are working to open doors to Brazilian markets,” he continues. “You need resources. The large players are already established there. The small-to-medium sized businesses need networks down there so they can increase their export revenue.”
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Stavanger is cooperating with Bergen on making a world leading petroleum cluster within integrated operations and real-time reservoir management called Arena IO. Started in 2007, the programme aims to bring 30-50 companies together from the Rogaland and Hordaland regions to cooperate on about 20 joint industry projects over a three-year period. The strategy is to increase the value of the petroleum industry and the profitability and competitiveness of the players in this cluster through closer cooperative efforts, increased innovation and internationalization.
One example is Framo Engineering. The company monitors multi-phase pumps in petroleum fields offshore Africa from its base in Bergen, instead of having people onboard the platform. Automated systems like these can reduce offshore costs and thus extend the life of older maturing fields. Arena IO estimates that integrated operations can reduce operating costs by about 20-30% and increase production by 5-10%.