Petroleum research

The Department of Petroleum Engineering and Applied Geophysics focuses on long-term technical and scientific R&D solutions. Efforts approach energy research as a whole, using environmental concerns as a guide and sustainability as long-term goal. One of the goals of NTNU is to contribute to national value creation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and to the internationalization of the Norwegian petroleum industry.

Better exploration and production of oil and gas

New areas of research include geology, geophysics, petrophysics, drilling, production and reservoirs.

The research acitivities tied to integration, exploration, and production of oil and gas account for more than 50 PhD and postdoc researchers and 30 professors in one of the universities leading strategic research communities, and focus areas: Energy & Petroleum - Resources & Environment. In addtion, the department hosts the Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry.

Key research areas

Petroleum geophysics

  • Marine seismic sources
  • Seismic tomography and imaging
  • Inversion for elastic parameters (AVA) and reservoir parameters
  • Reservoir seismic and rock physics
  • Analysis of repeated seismic data (four-dimensional)
  • Processing of marine controlled source electromagnetic data
  • Modelling and characterization of anisotropic layered media (seismic and EM)

Reservoir engineering

  • Experimental studies on novel methods for improved oil recovery, like chemical flooding, non-hydrocarbon gas flooding and microbial flooding
  • Development of improved methods for numerical simulation of enhanced oil recovery processes in conventional, fractured and heterogeneous reservoirs
  • Development of improved techniques for interpretation of well tests, specially related to compressible reservoirs
  • Development of phase-behaviour software for non-hydrocarbon injection gases for enhanced oil recovery

Production engineering

  • Multiphase flow in wells and pipelines
  • Pumping and artificial lift
  • Flow assurance and condition monitoring
  • Hydrate for transport of natural gas
  • Processing of oil and gas
  • Field development

Subsea engineering

  • All-electric subsea control systems including electrical connectors and valve actuators
  • Experimental and numerical studies of near well bore formation damage related to balanced drilling

Drilling engineering

  • Horizontal drilling
  • Electric pulse drilling
  • Improved drilling fluid properties
  • Managed pressure drilling

Integrated operations

  • drilling
  • reservoir management
  • production optimization
  • operation and maintenance.

Research publications |  Cristin database - journal articles, books and chapters, reports, conference submissions, and more.

Dissertations and theses DIVA Academic Archive -  PhD dissertions,  and masters theses.

Center for Integrated Operations

The department is host to the Center for Integrated Operations in the Petroleum Industry (IOCENTER - SFI), an elite research center working to develop a knowledge bank, methods, and tools for integrated operations for upstream petroleum activities.

These efforts support endeavors to further progress and revitalize the industry technologies and practice. The added value of adopting integrated operations (IO) will be seen in additional commercial finds of oil and gas, increased recovery rates, reduced costs, longer life for petroleum fields, reduced environmental loads, and improved safety measures.

Center Director: Professor Jon Kleppe.

ROck SEismic (ROSE) Project

ROSE (ROck SEismic) is a strategic university project at the department, focusing on rock physics, geomechanics, time lapse seismic, reservoir characterization, seismic imaging and seismic inversion. The project is sponsored by the Research Council of Norway (NFR) and a host of our industry partners.  ROSE project website