All the big companies belong to Force, of the forum for reservoir characterisation, reservoir engineering and exploration technology cooperation. The NPD plays the leading role.

Force aims to identify opportunities within IOR and to reinforce its prime mover role across production licences. That in turn will lead to more testing on fields and implementation decisions.

This is essential in view of the government’s ambitious goal of boosting oil production by five billion barrels in 2005-15. The bulk of that growth must come from IOR.

The companies accept risk in their exploration activity, but the period after discovery and development is usually defined as a harvesting phase where risk should traditionally be avoided.

Force want to challenge such attitudes on the principle of nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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