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.

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.

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.