Diskos throughout the value chain

Statoil uses Diskos in all steps of the value chain, from the idea stage in the exploration process all the way until the production phase.

Erik Finnstrom, Senior Vice President Exploration Excellence in Statoil

Erik Finnstrom, Senior Vice President Exploration Excellence in Statoil, believes the Diskos solution provides Statoil with secure and consistent data storage
(Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland, Statoil)


“The exploration process in Statoil starts with uploading data from Diskos. We add new data along the way as it becomes available and keep the projects up-to-date all the way to the production phase. This allows us to take the lessons and success formulas from start to finish,” says Erik Finnstrom, Senior Vice President Exploration Excellence in Statoil.

Like every other member, Statoil uses Diskos to store all of its seismic data and well data in a joint solution for the Norwegian Shelf. The company also uses the Diskos functionality to store all international seismic data, information that is not shared with the NPD and other companies. This allows Statoil to reap the technical benefit from the Norwegian Diskos solution in its international operations as well.

“Specifically, it means that we installed a copy of the previous Diskos database, Petrobank, with an external supplier. This allows us to work with a consistent data storage solution on both the Norwegian Shelf and internationally. In other words, we have brought Diskos out into the world,” says Finnstrom.

What are the greatest advantages of Diskos?

“It is crucial for us to know that all of the data has been carefully quality-assured, consistently stored and is easily available. In brief, Diskos is a great and secure solution for Statoil.”

What are the savings?

“In simplified and secure solutions when it comes to distributing the most central data types directly to other companies; both our partners and our suppliers.”

How could Diskos improve?

“The system is based on a commercial agreement between the Diskos companies and a supplier. This must be administered and occasionally updated and changed. When a new tendering process results in a new supplier, as Diskos recently underwent, the challenge is maintaining continuity and the quality of services that have worked well for more than 20 years. It is important to secure and test the integrity of new solutions before they are implemented. At the same time, the supplier shift allows for new opportunities to further develop what we deliver to serve the best interests of the users,” says Finnstrom.

How do you picture Diskos in five years?

“Diskos needs to remain competitive and closely follow the general development in IT. We are seeing that data storage is becoming increasingly cheaper and that the general international trend is moving towards cloud systems. Though this is not necessarily the solution for Diskos, it needs to deliver corresponding functionality and the ability to store large data volumes cheaply. Those who do not keep up with this development will soon find it hard to survive,” says Statoil’s Erik Finnstrom.