The second edition of the November Conference took place this week in Rio de Janeiro. The event gathered more than 200 participants in a two-day program.
The seminar on collaboration between Norway and Brazil within research, development and innovation (RD&I) in the oil and gas industry was divided into a plenum session on the first day and parallel technical sessions on the second day. The agenda for the first day focused on increasing value creation by collaborating, and building a stronger and more competitive Brazilian industry.
Arne Holhjem, director of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, highlighted the importance of increasing oil recovery (IOR/EOR). Siri Helle Friedemann, director of the Research Council of Norway, mentioned that bilateral cooperation is a key factor for a small research community as Norway. Moreover, she listed petroleum and gas as a prioritized sector.
The Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels held a presentation as well in addition to the Brazilian Innovation Agency (FINEP) and the National Industry Confederation (CNI). On the operators’ side, Petrobras and Statoil shared theirs views too. Eight universities participated actively on the first day together with research institutes.
Two cooperation agreements were signed on Tuesday during the conference. Finep signed one agreement with Innovation Norway and another with the Research Council of Norway. Glauco Arbix, president of Finep, said the agreements intensify cooperation between the two countries. Innovation Norway’s new CEO Anita Krohn Traaseth also participated in the signing ceremony.