ConocoPhillips Norway

Research and Development


Right from the start, ConocoPhillips has collaborated with research institutions and universities, which has led to innovative solutions that have had a major impact on the development of the fields in the Greater Ekofisk Area. After having produced oil and gas since 1971, we are now looking ahead to 2050. This would not have been possible without innovative ideas and solutions that have been of great significance for the company’s business in Norway.


While consolidating our position in the North Sea, our ambition is clear: We want to expand our portfolio on the Norwegian shelf and have more legs to stand on. Among other things, we received operatorships and stakes in licenses in the Barents Sea through the licensing rounds. This interest in the northern regions is part of the background for our extensive Arctic research program.



Research Areas

Our total research contribution to universities and research institutions since the dawn of Norway’s offshore age in the early 1970s amounts to nearly five billion kroner. Some of the most important areas of research today are production increase from existing fields, integrated operations, more cost-effective drilling, multi-phase technology and Arctic engagement.

In 2017, we have approximately 50 research projects, most of which are carried out by Norwegian universities and research institutions.

A Pioneer

ConocoPhillips has been a pioneer on the Norwegian shelf since the dawn of Norway's offshore age. It started with the discovery of Ekofisk in 1969 - with the start-up of production in 1971 marking Norway's emergence as an oil nation. Since then, the company has backed a long list of pioneering projects - not least on the Ekofisk field, but also on the other fields in the Greater Ekofisk Area. From its inception, Ekofisk has been a driving force in the promotion of new technology.

ConocoPhillips has been – and is – an innovative operator with many technical industrial innovations and spectacular projects. Examples include:

  • Construction of the Ekofisk Tank, the world's first offshore concrete installation, installed in 1973.
  • Jack-up of six steel platforms on the Ekofisk Complex in 1987.
  • Start-up of water injection into chalk formations from Ekofisk 2/4 K in 1987. Has had great significance for the development of production and also contributed to reduced subsidence of the seabed.
  • Construction of the world’s first concrete tension leg platform on the Heidrun field. Put into operation in 1995.
  • Acquisition for 4D seismic via permanently installed fiber optic cables (LOFS - Life of Fields Seismic), put into operation in 2011.

After more than 40 years of operating the fields in the Greater Ekofisk Area, our horizon is now set on 2050, and ConocoPhillips will continue as a pioneer on the Norwegian shelf.​