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About the program

Foto: Badger Explorer AS (Photo: Badger Explorer AS) The Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research (PETROMAKS 2) has the overall responsibility for research to promote responsible, optimal management of Norway’s petroleum resources as well as future-oriented industrial development in the petroleum sector. The scope of the programme is limited to upstream activities, and all research projects must clearly address research questions related to petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf. Activities under the programme will encompass strategic basic research, knowledge and competence-building, researcher recruitment, applied research, and technology development.

The primary objective of the programme is to generate new knowledge and technology to facilitate the optimal utilisation of Norwegian petroleum resources and enhance the competitiveness of the Norwegian continental shelf compared with other petroleum provinces in relation to costs, greenhouse gas emissions and the environment.

There are five thematic priority areas under the programme:

  • Reducing greenhouse gases, energy efficiency and the environment;
  • Exploration and increased recovery;
  • Drilling, completion and intervention;
  • Production, processing and transport;
  • Major accidents and the working environment.

In addition, there are four cross-cutting priorities that can be addressed across all five thematic priority areas:

  • The Arctic areas;
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency;
  • Digitalisation;
  • Challenges related to the introduction and use of new technology.

The programme has important priorities for structuring the research effort targeted towards researcher recruitment, industry involvement and user participation as well as interdisciplinary and international cooperation. The programme will employ a wide range of application types. While the programme’s core activity will be centred on dedicated funding announcements, steps will also be taken to initiate and take part in joint national and international calls for proposals involving other relevant parties.