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.