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New head of the Harstad office

13/10/2014 Stig-Morten Knutsen (49) has been appointed as head of the NPD’s Harstad office.

His duties will include responsibility for the annual Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA). He will be part of the management team under exploration director Sissel Eriksen.

Knutsen has broad experience from various aspects of the petroleum activities. He is a geologist, and also holds a BSc in psychology.

Stig-Morten Knutsen has nearly 25 years of work experience from Hydro, and completed both an MSc and PhD during this time.

After a few years as a consultant, he was hired as exploration manager in Greenland’s national oil company Nunaoil.

Eight exploration wells were drilled during his three-to-four-year tenure here. Grønland has a very large shelf, and 14 exploration wells have so far been drilled here. No commercial discoveries have been made, but vast areas have yet to be surveyed.

Before he started working for the NPD, he held management positions at the research institutions Roald Amundsen Petroleum Research and ARCEx in Tromsø.

Updated: 13/10/2014