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16/12/2010 There will be a special focus on petroleum geology at the Geological Society of Norway’s (NGF’s) Winter Conference, which will be held in Stavanger on 11-13 January.
geologist in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
The Norwegian winter conference, held every other year, is a definite high point in the geo-community, according to Kari Ofstad, geologist in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). She is part of the winter conference’s program committee
”Geologists from all over the country meet at the conference to share knowledge and experiences. We discuss research and news and update each other on what is going on in the different environments,” says Kari Ofstad.
”The winter conference covers all topics within the discipline – including geohazards, bedrock geology, Quaternary geology, geology and climate. In addition, one day will be devoted to the Arctic/Antarctica in connection with the Nansen-Amundsen anniversary. The Ritland crater will also have its own dedicated session at the conference. But, since we will be in the oil capital this time, there will probably be a particular focus on petroleum geology,” says Ofstad. Relevant topics such as arctic exploration, exploration in frontier areas, exploration in mature areas and reservoir geology will be on the agenda.
Norway’s ”new” geological national monument will also receive attention. Øya Leka in North Trøndelag won the title in the survey organised by NGF along with the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), GeoPublishing and the Norwegian Trekking Association this fall. At the winter conference, participants will learn more about the ten finalists and the actual national monument.
Director General Bente Nyland will take part in the opening ceremony at the winter conference, along with Farouk Al-Kasim, former resource director in the NPD. Al-Kasim will also have his own seminar at the event – the Farouk seminar.
Several NPD employees will contribute at the conference. Among them are exploration director and geologist Sissel Eriksen, as well as geologists Tore Høy, Fridtjof Riis and Harald Brekke.
How many will participate is still uncertain, but the last time the conference was held in Stavanger, in 2007, more than 300 geologists participated. Ofstad thinks that at least as many will participate this time.