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 21st and 22nd licensing rounds. This interest in the northern regions is part of the background for our extensive Arctic research program.


Four 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 and Arctic engagement.

In 2013, we have approximately 80 research projects, most of which are carried out by Norwegian universities and research institutions.

Arctic engagement

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.

Our brochure Arctic approach provides an overview of a number of the projects included in ConocoPhillips’ Arctic program. Lundin is an equal participant in the program initially started by ConocoPhillips. 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.

When the results are ready, scientists will publish their findings in scientific publications, making the knowledge available to all. ConocoPhillips encourages research institutions to collaborate with other researchers and research institutions in order to raise the level of knowledge about the Arctic.

ConocoPhillips' Arctic operations consist of oil and gas fields in Alaska and northern Canada. In addition, we are involved in exploration activities around Greenland, in the Barents Sea and in the Chukchi Sea between Alaska and Russia. A common denominator of these areas is that they contain or are expected to contain major oil and gas resources.​