A significant share of ConocoPhillips' world production takes place in areas north of the Arctic Circle, and the company has been involved in Arctic operations since 1965. This means that we have considerable experience that can be incorporated into our research and development portfolio in Norway. Our Arctic research program look for answers to operating problems and environmental challenges and seek knowledge about everything from Arctic geology to marine ecosystems and glaciers. The purpose is to incorporate facts into the discussion about energy resources in vulnerable areas north of the Arctic Circle.
The four most important areas in the Arctic research program are:
- The potential for hydrocarbons in the Barents Sea.
- Operative aspects in northern areas.
- The effect of climate change on biology and glaciers.
- Transporting energy from the sun in the outermost part of the atmosphere.
The Arctic approach is a program with focus on geological, operational and environmental challenges in the Northern areas. The program consists of 12 projects with a total cost of 130 million kroner and is executed togehter with external partners.
The program is a cooperation with the oil company Lundin and the Norwegian Research Counsil as an important financial contributor. This research will add increased understanding of marine life, climatic conditions and a better understanding of the geological structures in the Barents Sea. It is also important to develop new knowledge among the scientific institutions.
The external partners carrying out the research projects are the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS), IRIS (International Research Institute in Stavanger), SINTEF, Marintek, Akvaplan-niva and Teknova.
The projects were completed in 2016, and the scientists publishes their results in scientific publications. The conclutions are also presented in a popular science book named Arctic Approach - The Northern Area Program.
ConocoPhillips has been a contributor to the Artic Frontiers conference. Read more.