1966 – 2016

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Drilling Group
Reservoir Characterization Group
Cameron Group
Production Group

1966

Wireline

Wireline
The Schlumberger Norway (NRY) location was established at the Esso base at Hundvåg, Stavanger. In July the same year, Schlumberger logged the first well drilled in the Norwegian Sector, Well 8/3-1 for Esso, from the rig, 'Ocean Traveller'. Pictured, one of the first Norwegian employees, Svein Paulsen, preparing a new cable bridle on the logging unit on the 'Ocean Traveller'.
[Photo: Svein Paulsen]

1966

Wireline

Wireline
Svein Paulsen and Axel R. Larsen, the first two Norwegian employees of Schlumberger Norway, preparing the tools for a new job on the 'Ocean Traveller'.
Schlumberger logging cable can be seen on the left. [Photo: Svein Paulsen]

1966

M-I SWACO

Magcobar, acquired by Dresser Industries in 1949, was established as the first mud company in Norway.

1967

M-I SWACO

Dresser Norway AS, Magcobar division, was formed, and IMC Drilling Mud (later IMCO) was established in Tananger.

1968

Wireline

Wireline
The Wireline base was moved to Kvernevik, outside Stavanger.
Pictured, the first Schlumberger truck in Norway, at Kvernevik.

1970

Wireline

Wireline
Ronnie F. Montgomery on board the Neptun 7. [Photo from Kenneth Montgomery.]

1971

Wireline

Wireline
Tapes and film were used to record the Wireline log signals in the North Sea.

1972

Well Services

Dowell Schlumberger was established in Tananger, and provided cementing services on Neptune 7 and Deep Sea Driller for Elf, and Zapata Explorer for Shell.

1972

Wireline

Wireline
The Wireline base moved from Kvernevik to Arabergveien in Sola.

1972

Cameron

Cameron opened a sales office in Stavanger, and the first subsea Christmas trees were installed at the Ekofisk field. In 1973 a Norwegian 'AS' company 'Cameron Iron Works' was established covering Scandinavia. In 1974 an alliance was entered into with Kongsberg Våpenfabrikk, a conglomerate that in the 1970s entered into the oil and gas industry (subsea and dynamic positioning (DP). [Source: Cameron files; Mark Mau].

1972

Geoteam-Computas Ltd A/S was established in Oslo as a joint venture between Det Norske Veritas’ computer division A/S Computas and A/S GeoTeam, a Norwegian consulting firm. In 1977 it merged with Statex to become Geophysical Company of Norway AS (later GECO AS).

1972

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The founder of GECO, Anders Farestveit.

1972

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Geoservices (est. 1958, France), a privately owned French oilfield services company specialized in mud logging, slickline, and production surveillance operations, assisted Total on the Radda Dalen well, Spitsbergen.
[Source: The Geoservices Adventure, 1958-2010]

1973

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
GECO's first seismic vessel, the M/V Longva, was a modified trawler fitted out with seismic equipment and known as the most modern seismic vessel of its time. Its seismic equipment included 'state of the art' Bolt airguns, 48 channel DFS IV from T.I. and Magnavox INS.

1973

Wireline

Wireline
Schlumberger Engineer Louis Schwasnick offshore Norway. [Photo: Intercom magazine]

1974

Wireline

Wireline
Wireline advertisement from the Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper.

1974

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Anchor Drilling Fluids (est. 1973 Aberdeen) was established in Tananger as a subsidiary of Maritime Drilling Services AS (later Aker Drilling). [Source: Rolf Retz]

1975

Testing services

In 1971 Schlumberger acquired Flopetrol. The company came to Norway in the mid-1970's. [Source: Mark Mau]

1975

Testing services

Testing services
Flopetrol (later the Testing Services segment) was primarily involved in slickline operations in the development of the Frigg field.

1976

Cameron

Cameron
A blowout preventer (BOP) stack was prepared in Norway for the «Kingsnorth Dundee» oil rig. Pictured, Cameron’s first Norwegian employee, Helge Hollund. Helge worked for the company for 39 years from 1972 until 2011.
[Source: Liv Tone Helvig]

1977

Well Services

Well Services
Dowell Schlumberger moved to new facilities at the North Sea Base, Dusavik. In the same year, the company won the Cementing Services contract for Phillips Petroleum Norway on the Tor and Cod platforms. Pictured: the Drillers Console on the Cod platform.
[Photo: Ray Bolianatz]

1977

Wireline

Wireline
The Cyber Service Unit (CSU) was introduced. Pictured here in 1980.
[Photo: Gregar Barikmo]

1977

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The GECO Petroleum Laboratory was established in Stavanger.

1978

Well Services

Well Services
The semi-submersible 'Ross Rig', the first in the North Sea to have Dowell Schlumberger cementing equipment on board, at work for the national oil company, Statoil (est. 1972). [Source: Ray Bolianatz]

1979

Wireline

Wireline
Production Logging Tool (PLT) job with pressure equipment at the Frigg field.
Pictured, Tor Magne Søyland, Rune Salte, unknown. [Photo: Rune Salte]

1979

Drilling & Measurements

The Analysts became a Schlumberger subsidiary in 1977, and operations in Norway were initially run out of Aberdeen. In 1980 mud logging services were provided to Phillips from a small base in Tananger. [Source: Analog magazine]

1979

M-I SWACO

Norbar Minerals and Chemicals A.S was established to mine and process barites and bentonites for the Anchor Drilling Fluids Group.

1980

Well Services

Well Services
Dowell Schlumberger opened a base in CCB, Bergen to provide gravel packing and Heviwater services to Mobil. Stimulation services were provided to North Sea clients by the BIGORANGE XI stimulation vessel.

1980

Testing services

Testing services
The Computer Acquisition System (CAS) for data acquisition during testing was introduced. [Source: Olav Indrehus]

1980

M-I SWACO

The Jotun oilfield chemical company, PENKEM (est. 1979), was merged with Dyno Malaco AS (a joint venture between Dyno Industries and Kemanobel). In 1988 PENKEM was acquired by Dyno Oilfield Chemicals and became the market leader for production chemicals in Norway. In 2000, due to a fission at Dyno and a merger with Neste Chemicals, the company was renamed Dynea Oil Field Chemicals. [Source: Torbjørn Tenold Eikaas]

1980

Wireline

Wireline
Nils Blomholm preparing the OSU-F for an open hole logging operation.
[Photo: Gregar Barikmo]

1980

Testing services

Testing services
The Sea Dragon burners were introduced, giving "smokeless" burning for the first time offshore.

1980

Wireline

Wireline
Arild Unstad checking the Wireline tools on the catwalk.

1981

Cameron

Cameron Iron Works Norway delivered the first fire-resistant wellhead and Christmas tree to Mobil Exploration in Norway for the Statfjord B and C fields and set up an office and warehouse in rented facilities at Ågotnes. [Source: Frode Bakke]

1981

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
Fjord Instruments started producing seismic cables at its manufacturing facility in Knarvik, outside Bergen.
Offshore, the first 3D data acquisition was successfully carried out.

1981

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Luster Mekaniske Industri (LMI) was established in Gaupne, Sogn og Fjordane county, by ÅSV and VVS Stord and became a specialist in prefabrication of pipe systems for offshore and land-based industry.

1981

Testing services

Testing services
Victor Boswarva preparing a safety valve before it is sent downhole on a slickline operation at the Frigg field.

1981

Drilling & Measurements

The base moved to Dusavik and the first measurements-while-drilling (MWD) services were run for Norsk Hydro and Statoil. The following year, the Dusavik base was closed and a base was opened at CCB, Bergen to service the growing MWD business.

1982

Completions

Camco district Norway was established as Scan Cam Service, and the first wireline contract with Elf at the East Frigg field was won the following year. In 1985 the name was changed to K/S Camco Services Norway, and a 50 sq m workshop in shared facilities was set up in Randaberg. [Source: Reidar Asgautsen]

1982

Wireline

Wireline
Operational check of open hole logging tools, GR,CNT, LDT, and Laterolog with the logging unit OSU-F in the background, and RFT sampling tools on the rack to the left. Pictured from left, Nils Kristian Titland, Gregar Barikmo, and Bjørn Andreassen. [Photo: Gregar Barikmo]

1982

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
Data processing for GECO at Ullandhaug.

1982

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Anchor Drilling Fluids set up a base in Esbjerg;
International Drilling Fluids (IDF) set up in Tananger. Pictured, a copy of a contract to deliver barite.

1982

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
The M-I base in Tananger. [Source: Ilir Baloku]

1983

OneSubsea

Framo Engineering was established in Bergen by Framo AS
(formerly Frank Mohn AS).

1983

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
GECO led the industry in introducing multicable, multivessel 3D acquisition. Quad-Quad was two-vessel, four-source, four-streamer 3D acquisition; a cost-effective solution to the need for quickly acquiring large areas of 3D data.

1983

Software

Software
The first ever commercial installation of a Charisma system was for Norsk Hydro in Bergen. In 1985 the first international client was Shell, Brunei. Pictured, Palle Miller, one of the first users of Charisma.

1983

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The MWD team in Bergen played a key role in establishing MWD in the Norwegian sector. Pictured, shop and field personnel from left, Pat Byrne (RIP), Steve Rewcastle, Pete Roberts, George Bacon, Jan Hetland, Simon Frank, and Roy Coe. [Source: Analog magazine]

1983

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The Arco Resolution was christened by her Royal Highness, the Crown Princess of Norway, now Queen Sonja of Norway. Pictured here with Anders Farestveit, the founder of Geco.

1983

Software

Software
An article in 'Recorder', by the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, referred to Schlumberger's Lars Sønneland as a 'geophysical prophet' - quoting him as saying: “Finally, automated interpretation techniques might release the interpreter from tedious parts of the interpretation and thereby contribute to faster turnaround.”

1984

Well Services

Well Services
Advertisement for Squeeze Cementing, featuring the first Cementer on the Ross Rig, Ray Bolianatz.

1984

Wireline

Wireline
A new base was built for the Bergen (BNY) operations (est. 1979). Pictured: client demonstrations during the inauguration event.
[Photo: Intercom magazine]

1984

Well Services

Dowell Schlumberger became "DS". Directional Drilling, Jar and Fishing Services were carried out for Elf, Shell, Conoco, and Norsk Hydro.

1984

WesternGeco

Data processsing centers/laboratories were set up in Bergen, Harstad, Indonesia, Dubai. GeTech AS, Geolab Nor AS, Geco Well Services AS established, and the Merlin Group was acquired.

1984

Well Services

Well Services
DS rigged up for a pipeline cleaning job at Kårstø for the Statpipe project. The job involved pumping a series of chemical cleaning gels and physical brush/rubber wiper plugs pushed by high-pressure pumps to clean the 228 km long 28-in pipeline from Kårstø to the offshore fields. Up to 100 people were working to set up pumps and equipment from all over Europe and Africa. [Source: Ray Bolianatz; Photo: Schlumberger archives, Mark Mau].

1984

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
Smith International (est. US, 1902) was established in Norway, and in 1998 the first Smith (GEODIAMOND) polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bit was run in Norway.

1984

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The Advisor System, a new-generation logging system for The Analysts, was developed based on floppy or Winchester disks instead of bubble memory. Field tests were run in the North Sea, and the first job was run for BP on the Glomar Moray Firth. The second system was installed outside the Stavanger sales office for demonstration before going offshore.

1984

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Norbar Minerals vessel and facilities at Karmøy.

1984

Wireline

Wireline
A brochure called 'Schlumberger i Norge' was produced, explaining the planning and preparations for an offshore logging job. It stated: "The whole logging operation, for example calibrating the equipment downhole, data collection, processing and presentation, is done by the computer. The logging engineer communicates with the computer through a keyboard/printer. Every key part of the logging operation is in duplicate in the system so that instant back-up is available in case the primary system fails."
[Source: Jan Erik Tvedten]

1984

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The Nessie in-sea units replaced the analog streamers with in-sea digitizers and digital transmission. Pictured: top, Nessie-1 (1984) and Nessie-2 (1987); middle, Nessie-3 (1991), and bottom, Nessie-4 (1996). The Nessie 1-4 systems used analog summation of sensor groups, which was relaced by the Q* point-receiver seismic acquisition and processing methodology.

1984

Bits & Drilling Tools

Lyng Drilling was founded in Vanvikan, outside Trondheim by Bjørn Lyng, inventor and entrepreneur. Lyng and his team moved away from existing single-piece bit design models, opting instead for a unique three-piece assembly process, making Lyng bits easier to repair and therefore longer-lasting. In addition, Lyng invented “anti-bit balling coating” that prevents water-based drilling mud from clogging the bit matrix and slowing operations—a common problem in the North Sea, where environmental regulations prevent the use of oil-based drilling muds in some applications.
[Source: https://careers.slb.com/
whoweare/news/lyngdrilling.aspx]

1984

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The Drilling Services Division of the Dowell Schlumberger group with its directional expertise, downhole drilling tool rentals, and fishing services was integrated with The Analysts surface and downhole measurement systems, bringing an added dimension to the service capability of both companies. The name changed to 'Anadrill' from November 1984.

1985

Cameron

Cameron
Cameron Iron Works Norway established a new, purpose-built facility in Ågotnes, Bergen. [Source: Frode Bakke]

1985

Software

Software
The CHARM ray-tracing concept was the first 3D seismic modelling package developed.

1985

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
In the company magazine, Analog, District Manager Randy Hansen proudly reports that activity in Norway continues to increase with 12 jobs running: five Advisor, five MWD, and two Directional Drilling.
[Source: Analog magazine]

1985

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Instructions for the mud program at Eldfisk. [Source: Ilir Baloku]

1986

Completions

Completions
The first completions contracts were won for Statoil and BP for approx 22 wells. Photographed, Reidar Asgautsen showing the 13370 permanent lockout tool.

1986

Wireline

Wireline
Chanh Cao Minh, right, then Field Log Interpretation Center (FLIC) manager for SKA division showing off the brand new 22-inch Versatec plotter to a client in the new Schlumberger computing centre in Tananger. [Photo: Mathias Horstmann]

1986

Well Services

Well Services
A new DS cementing unit was installed on the SS 'Dyvi Alpha', replacing the competition.

1986

Testing services

Schlumberger merged Flopetrol with the Wireline segment to form Wireline & Testing.

1986

Cameron

Cameron installed seven Diverless Flowline Connection Systems at the Gullfaks field.

1986

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Mud logging, MWD, and directional drilling activity continued to grow, and the Operations base moved from CCB to a new building in Kokstad, Bergen, opened by Anadrill President Roberto Monti. The first all-services job for Elf-Aquitaine was successfully completed, and rig-up underway for a 5-year Statoil mudlogging contract, and a Norsk Hydro Oseberg B job. [Source: Analog and SCA Contact magazines]

1986

Completions

Completions
Geir Meling and Åge Egeli with the completion assemblies for Ula field for BP.

1986

M-I SWACO

Magcobar merged with IMCO globally, forming M-I Drilling Fluids LLC (M for Magcobar and I for IMCO), owned 64% Dresser, 36% Halliburton, and in 1987 M-I Norge was registered in Norway.

1986

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Then Anadrill President Roberto Monti and Statoil Senior VP E&P Stig Bergseth signed an agreement for joint research projects. [Source: Analog magazine]

1986

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Promud moved into new premises with a tailor-made laboratory and increased its staffing.

1987

Well Services

Well Services
A new cement surge tank for the VIP cement mixer was installed on a rig for Amoco. [Photo: Ray Bolianatz]

1987

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Anadrill advertisement for real-time services. [Source: Analog magazine]

1987

Cameron

A partnership with Kværner was set up in Norway.

1987

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineering ran the first multiphase pump test.

1988

Wireline

Wireline
Field Engineer Alf Reitan on board the 'Ross Rig' in the Barents Sea, loading 7 1/4-in high-shot density (HSD) guns for a perforation campaign at Finnmark Øst.

1988

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
In 1985 Schlumberger acquired 50% of the shares in GECO AS. In 1988 the remaining 50% were acquired, and the corporate head office moved to Bjergstedveien in Stavanger. [Source: Mark Mau; Photo: GECO Sapphire passing the Bjergstedveien facility, 1991].

1988

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Instruments from the M-I laboratory. [Source: Ilir Baloku]

1989

Cameron

Cameron was merged with Cooper Industries globally and the Norwegian legal entity changed name to 'Cooper Oil Tool Norway'.

1989

Drilling & Measurements

The first LWD job in Norway was run, supported by Aberdeen. By 1990, LWD operations were supported from Kokstad, Bergen.

1989

Well Services

The first DS Coiled Tubing unit was brought to Norway.

1989

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Geoservices engineer, M. Percalla, preparing to leave the 'Treasure Saga' after completing a job.
[Source: The Geoservices Adventure, 1958-2010]

1989

Cameron

Cameron
Delivery of the Troll Oseberg Gas Injection (TOGI) Subsea Christmas Tree. Pictured, Frode Bakke working on the TOGI at the Smedvig IPR Hall in Dusavik.

1990

Cameron

Engineering company, Cameron Norge Contracting, was established in Sandvika, Oslo.

1990

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
Bits employees often have long experience, for example, Thor Sandvik, pictured left, in the warehouse at Smith Bits in 1990, and right, in 2016 where he poses for the camera with plastic models of bits. [Photo: Alberto Caycedo]

1990

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineering carried out its first field test of the wet gas compression system.

1990

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Dresser Industries added Swaco to the M-I joint venture. Promud AS (est. 1978, Norway) merged with Aker Drilling Fluids AS to form Anchor Drilling Fluids AS.

1990

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
A M-I Drilling Fluids Co. advertisement was published in several oil and gas magazine worldwide, stating: "Down on the farm, they're the mud experts ... but around the world, nobody knows more about mud than M-I." [Source: Ilir Baloku, Rolf Retz]

1991

Wireline

Wireline
A Wireline crew performed open-hole logging from February to April at ‘Reindalspasset 1’, Reindalen, Spitsbergen for Norsk Hydro. Gregar, one of the crew, tells that the Schlumberger equipment had been sent out on a boat with Deutag’s drilling equipment in December and had to be dug out of 3m of snow and dragged 30km inland by large Caterpillar trucks to the wellsite before work could begin. Pictured, from left, Gregar Barikmo, Hans Nielsen, and Fin O'Driscoll. [Photo: Intercom magazine]

1991

WesternGeco

Schlumberger acquired 51% of seismic company, PRAKLA-SEISMOS (formed in 1963 by the merger of Seismos GmbH (est.1921) and Gesellschaft für Praktische Lagerstättenforschung (Prakla) GmbH (est.1937)) from the German government and formed GECO-PRAKLA. In 1993, it acquired the remaining 49%.
Source: Glen Lillehammer, SNTC; Mark Mau, Wikipedia]

1991

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Schlumberger celebrated 25 years in Norway. Pictured, in an exhibition tent by the Veritas building in Stavanger, then LWD FSM Dave Corbett, MWD SFE Gerard Van Ditshuizen, and District Manager Tony Bodzioch. [Source: Analog magazine]

1992

Cameron

Cameron
Cameron supplied the first TFL (through flow line) subsea Christmas trees in Norway to Saga Petroleum’s Snorre field.
Pictured, an example of a TFL subsea Christmas tree.

1992

Wireline

Wireline
An example of the old-style LIS Log Header produced by the Cyber Services Unit (CSU) offshore on the 'Polar Pioneer' rig in 1992. Michael O'Keefe recalls: "Back then you had to physically punch in line commands on a typewriter scroll, the film was developed by hand in a bath of chemicals, prints were combined with razor blade and tape, and annotations done with ink pen on the actual film."

1992

Cameron

Cameron
A major investment was made in the aftermarket facility in Randaberg outside Stavanger.

1992

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
Snowstreamers, designed and developed by Norsk Hydro and the University of Bergen since 1987, were run at Spitsbergen by Geco-Prakla.

1992

Software

Schlumberger acquired GeoQuest Inc. (est. Houston 1984, acquired by Raytheon 1989) forming a new product line called GeoQuest (G&G and data management). In 1993 Finder Graphics was added.

1992

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
Lyng Drilling introduced its polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) drill bits based on a modular 3-piece design. By 1999 it became the market leader offshore Norway in directional and horizontal motor–PDC bit applications. Pictured, the PDC cutters are welded to the matrix bit body. [Source: Snorre Laerdal].

1992

Drilling & Measurements

The Kokstad base was expanded for maintenance of the growing MWD/LWD tool fleet and the newly-introduced PowerPak* motors. Anadrill withdrew from mudlogging and started a very successful alliance with Geoservices to provide this service.

1992

Software

Software
The focus shifted toward GeoFrame* reservoir characterization software as the integration platform with new applications such as InDepth* velocity analysis and depth conversion, and SeisClass* multiattribute classification software. From 1999, the OpenSpirit integration technology included applications such as Charisma* 2D/3D/4D seismic interpretation, Variance Cube* volume attribute software, MathCube, and SimCube. Development then shifted toward PC hardware, with a Linux version of our Unix portfolio and new initiatives on the Microsoft.net framework.
[Source: Glen Lillehammer]

1993

Well Services

Dow Chemicals sold its interest to Schlumberger. DS became Schlumberger Dowell and acquired International Drilling Fluids (IDF).

1993

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The GECO Diamond and the GECO Topaz, two new vessels in the Gem series, shared a double-christening in Stavanger.

1993

Testing services

Testing services
The green helmets of Wireline & Testing on the 'Treasure Prospect' at Statfjord.

1993

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The IDEAL* Integrated Drilling Evaluation and Logging System was launched to the market, making directional and horizontal wells more efficient to drill.

1993

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
IDF was acquired by Dowell Schlumberger and renamed Dowell Drilling Fluids.
Pictured, drilling fluids being analyzed in the laboratory.

1994

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineereing delivered the first subsea multiphase pump to Shell.

1995

The company was spun off from Cooper Industries worldwide and the name changed back to Cameron. The Norwegian legal entity was changed to Cameron Norge.

1995

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
Monowings were introduced, marking a milestone in handling and operating equipment on the backdeck, including remote control. To make room for the new technology, openings were cut in the sides of the vessels, the stern widened, and the streamers moved to a separate deck above the gun deck. Pictured, the GECO Searcher at the Westamarin shipyard, Kristiansand.

1995

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineering delivered the first subsea multiphase meter from its Bergen facility to the West Brae development. When installed at approximately 100m depth, it would continuously measure oil, water, and gas rates in addition to temperature and pressure from each individual well. [Source: Michael Smith]

1995

Software

Data Management implementation for Norsk Hydro marked the beginning of an important business sector for GeoQuest.

1995

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
The BRDB (Bit Record Data Base) was established in 1995 and developed into the current DRS Drilling Record System in 2005. Currently (2016) the register includes 32,846 bit runs in 4,892 wells in Norway. The earliest registered bit record in Norway is from 1967.

1995

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
GECO, guided by the Schlumberger Cambridge Research centre (now Schlumberger Gould Research), embarked on research that led to the Q* point-receiver seismic acquisition and processing methodology. First released in 2000, it quickly became the premier seismic acquisition and processing system.

1996

Well Services

Schlumberger Dowell Sand Control won its first contract in Norway to provide a complete Sand Control package to Esso Norge at the Balder field. The Sand Control Tools department was co-located with the Camco completions group at Dusavik.

1996

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The operations base moved to its current location at
Hamrasletta 15, Tananger, outside Stavanger.

1996

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
M-I LLC acquired Anchor Drilling Fluids, and in Scandinavia, the company was called Anchor/M-I Drilling Fluids AS.

1997

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineering delivered the first subsea sampling interface from their Bergen Facility, destined for use by BP in the UK sector. [Source: Michael Smith]

1997

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
A shareholder’s certificate for 770,000 shares in the newly-formed company, Anchor/M-I Drilling Fluids AS, worth NOK 77 million was issued, signed by Chairman Steinar Olsen and Board Member Rolf Retz, August 10, 1997. [Source: Rolf Retz]

1997

Well Services

Well Services
Schlumberger Dowell set a world record for the use of coiled tubing at the Gyda field, reaching 8,388 m. [Source: Stavanger Aftenblad, Ray Bolianatz]

1997

Testing services

Testing services
The first offshore test worldwide of the Deep Water Electrohydraulic system, 'SenTree3', was conducted in Norway.

1997

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Schlumberger and Framo Engineering signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a jointly-owned company, 3-Phase Measurements, to further develop multiphase metering technology. [Source: Michael Smith]

1997

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
The Swaco Adjustable Linear Shaker (ALS-II), a new generation system designed for increased feed volume and drier solids removal, was launched.

1998

Completions

Schlumberger acquired Camco Inc., with 50 employees in the Dusavik base, outside Stavanger.

1998

Testing services
HSE: Suppliers and operators team up for annual safety days.

1998

Cameron

The first platform wellheads and trees were supplied to Denmark for the Siri development.

1998

Software

Software
Technical Software Consultants (est. 1988, Oslo) were acquired by Schlumberger, and their software product, FrontSim, was integrated in to the GeoQuest portfolio. [Source. Glen Lillehammer, SNTC]. Pictured, a visualization of FrontSim generated streamlines, anno 2016 from www.slb.com.

1998

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineering installed its first produced-water separation/reinjection system at the Troll field.

1998

Drilling & Measurements

New Anadrill services were introduced, including the 6-in ISONIC tool and VISION 475* LWD services for slim holes. One of the longest extended reach wells in the world was drilled by the directional drilling team for BP at the Gyda field. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

1998

Drilling & Measurements

Anadrill was renamed Drilling & Measurements, and Camco was acquired bringing its rotary steerable services and Reed-Hycalog drill bits into the portfolio of services. The following year, D&M successfully drilled the world's longest 3-dimensional well (6920m) from a floating rig at the Åsgard field for Statoil.

1998

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Geoservices employees, B. Dumas, F. Dauge, K. Gabrielsen, and
T. Hjelle on board the 'Maersk Gallant'.
[Source: The Geoservices Adventure, 1958-2010]

1998

Wireline

Schlumberger reorganized into segments and GeoMarkets, and the phrase 'One Schlumberger' described the goal to integrate. The Scandinavian GeoMarket headquarters moved into office facilities at Hammaren 23 in Tananger.

1998

Schlumberger introduced a new logo, described as 'simple, elegant, and out of the box'. This logo is still in use today.

1999

Cameron

Sense Technology was established in Kristiansand to supply automation products and control systems for oil drilling and marine industries.

1999

Wireline

The new PS Platform* production services platform successfully reduced water production by 95% in one of the first 3-phase wells to be drilled and produced for our client in the Norwegian sector. The SPRINT real-time interpretation software clearly showed the location of the gas, oil, and water. Also, MaxPro* production services for well performance diagnosis and maintenance were launched in Norway.

1999

Cameron

ConSepT AS was established in Trondheim with a prime focus on developing gas demisting technology. It quickly became one of the two top suppliers of separation technology to the offshore industry. [Source: Karl Martin Eggen]

1999

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The GECO Triton towed a record 10 streamers. [Illustration: a seismic towing configuration of 10 x 6000m streamers with an outer separation of 1350m, superimposed on an image of Oslo.]

1999

Well Services

Schlumberger Dowell Drilling Fluids merged with Smith International's Anchor/M-I to form M-I, a joint venture owned by Smith International (60%) and Schlumberger (40%). 55 Dowell employees were transferred to the new company, which in 2000 became M-I Norge AS.

1999

Testing services

The HTX PowerJet* deep penetrating shaped charge made a successful debut and improved production by 70% for a Norwegian sector client. The 'circulating before and after perforation' service, known as 'Pump Over Gun' technology was run successfully on many wells in cooperation with the Well Services Coiled Tubing segment.

1999

Well Services

Well Services
Schlumberger won the BP Amoco 'HSE Contractor of the Year' award, with special recognition internally given to Coiled Tubing and the BIGORANGE XVIII stimulation vessel. Photo: then GeoMarket Manager Jørgen Rasmussen. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

1999

Software

Software
The Stavanger Schlumberger Research centre (SSR) was founded under the leadership of Research Director Lars Sønneland with a principal focus on reservoir characterization and monitoring. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

1999

Drilling & Measurements

An LWD petrophysicist and geosteering specialist assigned to Norway successfully carried out the first optimal wellbore placement service. [Source: SCA.Contact magazine]

1999

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The GECO Eagle was launched. With 20 towing points and up to 120 km of seismic streamer, she had double the capacity of any other seismic vessel afloat.

1999

Software

Schlumberger connected to the Secure Oil Information Link (SOIL) through the Oslo Solutions Centre. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

1999

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The PowerDrive tool, launched in 1996, successfully drilled the A-17-H well in the Njord field for Norsk Hydro, finishing 22 days ahead of schedule. The next well was even more challenging, with a sinusoidal profile to manage the dual challenges of geological uncertainty and poor reservoir connectivity. The PowerDrive system successfully drilled a well profile that had a TVD difference from peak to trough of 180m at an average ROP of 180m/day—more than 100% faster than wells drilled in this field with conventional steering technology. A maximum inclination of 126 deg was achieved at TD and the smooth profile generated cut liner running time from 15 to 10 days.
[Source: case studies and Oilfield Review magazine]

1999

Wireline

Wireline
The first-ever Wireline unit specifically designed to NORSOK standards was delivered to the 'Byford Dolphin' semi-submersible. Photo: the unit in the Wireline workshop in Bergen prior to dispatch offshore. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2000

Completions

Completions
The first Schlumberger 3-zone intelligent completion in Norway was installed in a well in the Oseberg field for Norsk Hydro, making it one of the best producers in the field. For this project, the team won the Performed by Schlumberger Gold award. Pictured, some of the team members, from left Timo Jokela, Ian Raw, John Algerøy, Eugene McLoughlin, with then Schlumberger EVP Andrew Gould. [Source: SCA Contact magazine].

2000

GECO-PRAKLA was merged with the Western Geophysical division of Baker Hughes in a joint venture named WesternGeco. Schlumberger retained 70% ownership in the venture, and in 2006 acquired the remaining 30% of the company.

2000

Well Services

Well Services
A Value Alliance Agreement was entered into with BP for the Valhall Water Injection Project.
[Photo, Valhall. Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2000

Wireline

The first-ever combination of tractor and seismic in the world, and the first heptacable tractor job in Norway saved the client 1-2 days of rig time and delivered superior data quality. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2000

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Schlumberger acquired 40% of Framo Engineering.
Pictured, the Framo Engineering dry-dock testing facility at Fusa.
[Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2000

Wireline

Wireline
The VSI* versatile seismic imager had its world debut on the Heimdal field for Norsk Hydro. Pictured, the VSI tools in the workshop prior to dispatch offshore. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2000

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
3-Phase Measurements delivered the first PhaseWatcher Vx* multiphase well testing technology to Schlumberger from its Bergen manufacturing facility. Pictured, the cover of the JPT – Journal of Petroleum Technology, Volume 55, Number 5, May 2003 featuring the Schlumberger PhaseTester* portable multiphase well testing equipment installed on a flow line in eastern Venezuela. The PhaseTester equipment meters multiphase flow and is installed to perform well tests where installation speed and a small equipment footprint is required. [Source: Michael Smith]

2000

Wireline

InterACT Well Witness was used by clients to view logs in real time over the Internet. The system, which replaced WebDD, is today known as the InterACT* global connectivity, collaboration, and information service.

2000

Completions

Camco developed a 2-year programme for apprentices in cooperation with Baker Oil Tools, Nodeco, and Maritime Well Service, and in 2000 the first Completions apprentices gained their trade certificates. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2000

Well Services

Well Services
The BIGORANGE XVIII vessel performed stimulation treatment at the Heidrun field.
Pictured, the control room of the BIGORANGE XVIII where rates and pressures were remotely controlled during operations.

2000

Completions

Completions
Completions Systems and Sand Control grew rapidly, and tents had to be erected outside their Dusavik base to extend the workshop and storage facilities. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2000

Well Services

Transocean Petroleum Technology, a subsidiary of Transocean Offshore Inc, was acquired and became part of the Schlumberger Well Services Coiled Tubing segment. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2001

Completions

Fiber optics company, Sensa (est. 1980, Southampton, UK] was acquired by Schlumberger, and became part of the Completions segment. Sensa was later split into two divisions: Subsea Terrestrial Surveillance, part of OneSubsea, and an Engineering, Manufacturing, and Sustaining entity. The site in the UK was renamed the Schlumberger Fiber Optics Technology Center (SFTC).

2001

Wireline

Wireline
A new method to measure downhole H2S as part of the MDT formation sampling service had its world debut in a successful test in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Pictured, metal coupons in the MDT single probe module which react to different concentrations of H2S downhole.

2001

Software

The Data and Consulting Services segment was established in Norway.

2001

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
Lyng Drilling introduced its ABC Antiballing Coating to the PDC WC matrix bits to reduce balling issues when using water based mud. The same year a relationship was established with US Synthetic as a sub-supplier of PDC HQ cutters.
[Source: Snorre Lærdal]

2001

Wireline

The first Seismic While Drilling (SMWD) tool was launched in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

2001

Software

Software
Schlumberger Network Solutions was established in Norway, orginating from a joint venture with Cable & Wireless in 1995. In 2000 Data Marine Systems was acquired, and by 2001 they were providing remote connectivity between offshore rigs, vessels, and offices on land. While most clients were in the oil and gas industry, they also supplied systems to the fishing industry and some cruise lines.

2001

Wireline

Wireline
The Stavanger iCentre was opened and the first-ever transmission of real-time PLT* production logging tool data from a client's rig offshore to the Stavanger iCentre took place. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2001

Software

Schlumberger Information Solutions acquired the IP for the SLEGGE / corporate data store technology from Statoil.

2001

Software

GeoQuest became Schlumberger Information Solutions (renamed in 2015 to Software Integrated Solutions).

2002

Well Services

Well Services
The first Schlumberger coiled tubing-deployed electrical submersible pump (CT-ESP) was installed in a North Sea field. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2002

Wireline

Wireline
The first oil-based micro-imager job in the North Sea was successfully run. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2002

Software

Software
The Stavanger Technology Center (STC), located at the Schlumberger Scandinavia headquarters in Risabergvegen, Tananger, was established.

2002

Software

Software
InsideReality, producers of virtual reality technology, were acquired by Schlumberger. The technology, which started as a research project at Norsk Hydro in 1996, was further developed at the Christian Michelsen Research centre in Bergen, and spun off as a company in 2000 when the first commercial version of the software was released. Users wore 3D glasses and could manipulate images on the screen through a joystick, or controls in a cap. [Source: SCA Contact magazine].

2002

Bits & Drilling Tools

Drilling & Measurements sold its drill bits business to Grant Prideco. In Norway, 10 employees in Tananger and Kokstad connected to Reed-Hycalog Drill Bits, many who came through the acquisition of Camco in 1998, moved to new premises.

2002

Drilling & Measurements

A North Sea field was the first in the world to use new Schlumberger technologies to extract dips in real time from borehole density images while drilling. The services included the geoVISION* imaging-while-drilling service and the VISION* Density Neutron* (VDN) service. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2002

Wireline

Wireline
The first CHDT* cased hole dynamics tester was run for a client in the North Sea. Bergen was the first location to receive and implement the CHDT service internationally, giving birth to the now-famous global 'Flying Squad' from the Wireline Centre of Excellence in Bergen. The project won the Wireline President's Award, presented here by Sami Iskander and Aaron Gatt to then Product Champion Michael O'Keefe and then SCA Wireline Operations Manager Brady Bauer. [Photo: Michael O'Keefe].

2002

Software

Software
Schlumberger acquired the Petrel software business from Technoguide (est. 1996, Oslo). The software, which is now known as the Petrel* E&P software platform, is the environment of choice for geoscientists around the world.

2003

Well Services

Well Services
The first CemNET* advance fibre cement technology job was run in Norway, on the Tampen field. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2003

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The WesternGeco seismic vessel, GECO Topaz, ran the world’s first repeated Q-Marine* point-receiver marine seismic system survey on the Norne field. The time-lapse, or 4D seismic method, involves acquisition, processing, and interpretation of repeated seismic surveys over a producing hydrocarbon field. The objective is to determine the changes occurring in the reservoir as a result of production by comparing the repeated datasets. The Q-Marine seismic system specifically designed for time-lapse seismic acquisition includes dynamic spread control technology enabling automated positioning of the vessel, source, and cables. Pictured, the GECO Topaz vessel. [Source: SCA Contact magazine; www.slb.com]

2003

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
EAB Engineering (est 1952, Gjøvik) delivered pipe line end modules (PLEMs)
for Ormen Lange.

2003

Software

Software
Schlumberger Infodata Norge AS (SINAS) took over information management responsibility for the 'Diskos' database of oil company data on behalf of the NPD. Pictured, the robot-operated storage for 6000 casettes of data from the Norwegian Continental Shelf. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2003

Well Services

Well Services
The first CT SEAS* coiled tubing unit in the North Sea was mobilized to the Valhall field. Inside the CT SEAS cabin, the operator has full control of the coiled tubing equipment on board. SEAS is an abbreviation for Safe, Efficient, Automated Solutions. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2003

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
Smith Services moved into new facilities at Lagerveien, Forus.

2003

Well Services

Well Services
Coiled Tubing Services combined with Testing Services' tubing-conveyed-perforating to provide three new technologies to Statoil at once: The DepthLOG* CT depth correlation log, the CT eFire service, and the 4.5-in OrientXact* tubing-conveyed oriented perforating system. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2003

Drilling & Measurements

Records set in the North Sea included: a 2804m 17-1/2-in section drilled in 246 hours by the PowerDriveXtra* 1100 rotary steerable system; a 2633m 10-5/8-in section drilled in 240 hours by the PowerDriveXtra* 825, and a 3037m 8-1/2-in section, most of it at 90-deg inclination, drilled in 200 hours by the PowerDriveXtra* 685 rotary steerable. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2003

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
M-I Norge AS acquired Dynea Oil Field Chemicals and renamed it M-I Production Chemicals. It became one of the top five production chemical suppliers in the world, known today as Schlumberger Production Technologies, M-I SWACO. Photo: the Dynea factory in Lillestrøm, anno 2010. [Source: Torbjørn Tenold Eikaas]

2004

Completions

The world debut of the real-time LiftPro* gas lift optimization service brought a 5% increase in production at Ekofisk. [Source: SCA Contact magazine]

2004

Wireline

The first High Tension Logging Service in the North Sea was successfully run on the Kristin field.

2004

Cameron

Cameron
ConSepT’s 100th purchase order was awarded, and delivery of complete internals to 16 separators for the Ormen Lange onshore gas terminal started. ConSepT’s demisting cyclones DC80 & DC56 represented the key product providing a technology edge.

2004

Testing services
Schlumberger took part in the annual joint HSE days in Stavanger.

2004

OneSubsea

EAB Engineering (est. 1952, Gjøvik) delivered subsea infrastructure modules, connection systems, subsea tooling and services.

2004

Software

Software
All Norwegian software technology centres were gathered into the SIS Norway Technology Center (SNTC), with offices in Stavanger, Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim. It was renamed in 2015 to Schlumberger Norway Technology Center (SNTC).
Pictured, the Stavanger SNTC group, anno 2013.

2004

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
3-Phase Measurements developed the world’s first combined multiphase and wet gas meter at their Bergen facility. [Source: Michael Smith]

2004

Drilling & Measurements

The PowerDriveXtra* 475 rotary steerable systems for through-tubing rotary drilling (TTRD) set a new record at a Statfjord field.

2004

Software

Software
Then Minister of Trade and Industry, Børge Brende, visited the SIS Norway Technology Centre (SNTC) at the former Røa, Oslo site. [Photo: Tormod Slettemeas]

2005

Completions

The Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) system from Sensa was installed at the Valhall field as the first of its kind for Schlumberger in Norway. [Source: SCA.Contact magazine]

2005

Wireline

Wireline
The first-ever remote Production Logging job was carried out from Statoil's Onshore Operating Center, using the PSP* Production Service Platform service and the RST* Reservoir Saturation Tool. Pictured in the Statoil Onshore Operating Centre are Julie Dacanay and Femi Akarakiri. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2005

Cameron

Sense EDM was formed after a merger with EDM, and started developing drilling equipment.

2005

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
The i-DRILL* integrated dynamic system analysis service was implemented in Norway and further refined and developed over the years. The simulation software uses predictive modelling to identify solutions that minimize vibrations and stick/slip during drilling operations, and optimize BHA performance for a given environment. [Source: Alberto Caycedo; www.slb.com]

2005

Cameron

Cameron
Cameron management reporting was split into divisions and Cameron Norge became a Surface Systems plant. The Mekjarvik facility was equally shared with the Drilling and Subsea divisions.

2005

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The Scope family of tools, including the EcoScope* multifunction LWD service, the StethoScope* formation pressure-while-drilling service, the TeleScope* high-speed telemetry-while-drilling service, and the PeriScope 15* directional deep imaging-while-drilling service, were launched. The team presenting this new technology at the Bergen SPE conference in 2005 won the Best Stand prize. From left, Inge Kartveit, Julian Coles, Alexis Darquin, Colin Scott, Jamie Hardie. Kneeling, Hans Magnus Bjørneli and Chris Sunde.
[Photo: NSG Contact magazine]

2005

Completions

A natural gas lift solution from the North Sea won a Hart's 2005 Meritorious Engineering Award. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2005

Wireline

The world's first Quicksilver Probe* focussed fluid extraction sampling job was performed on the Norwegian shelf. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2005

Completions

Completions
The FloWatcher* Density (FWD) system, part of the WellWatcher* suite of permanent quartz gauges and permanent Gamma densitometer, was installed in a multilateral well. This was the first order globally for FWD with WellNet* telemetry.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine, illlustration photo.]

2006

Completions

Completions
The deepest smart well completion worldwide was installed at 8,572 m at the Visund field. Pictured, WCP Operator Trond Sørensen helping crew from Roxar and Odfjell to fasten the control lines to the production tubing on the drilling floor at Visund.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2006

Wireline

Wireline
The Sonic Scanner* acoustic scanning platform was introduced in 2005 and by 2006 more than 20 jobs had been run in the Norwegian sector.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2006

Well Services

Well Services
The ReelCONNECT* seamless technology, developed in Scandinavia for connecting multiple coiled tubing strings, had its debut at the Valhall field. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2006

Testing services

Testing services
The Remote Operated OrientXact* (ROOX) oriented gun system, which can be assembled by a remotely-operated pipe handling system, had its debut in Norway. Pictured, connecting lengths of perforating guns in the workshop. Offshore, this is a hands-free job.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2006

Cameron

Cameron
ConSepT’s 200th PO was awarded. A full scale scrubber configuration including SPINLET and ConSepT DC80 was tested in Statoil’s hydrocarbon test rig K-Lab as part of the qualification for the Åsgard/ Midgard Subsea Compressor Station.

2006

Software

The first version of the Ocean* software development framework was released. Ocean is an environment that provides direct access to the inner core of the Petrel* E&P software platform through a set of APIs, allowing energy companies, universities and software companies to create specialized workflows as software plug-ins to the Petrel platform.

2006

Cameron

Cameron
Sense Mud was established at the Sense facility at Andøyfaret, Kristiansand, the current site of Cameron Drilling Systems.

2006

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
A Whipstock, one of the products of the Bits and Drilling Tools segment is an inclined wedge placed in a wellbore to force the drill bit to start drilling in a direction away from the wellbore axis. Pictured, a Whipstock being run offshore.

2006

Completions

Completions
Reslink, manufacturers of openhole and cased hole completion solutions, were acquired by Schlumberger.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2006

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Casing Directional Drilling (CDD) has its North Sea debut at the Eldfisk field.
[Photo by Kjetil Alsvik, courtesy of ConocoPhillips. Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2006

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
The M-I SWACO Ecotoxicological Laboratory was founded by Jan Erik Solbakken in 1984 as a part of Penkem to test the effect of new chemicals on the environment. It changed ownership several times—from Dyno, Dynea Oilfield Chemicals, to M-I SWACO—now part of Schlumberger. In 2006 Harald Fosshagen took over management and continued expanding the lab, using its influence to spread North Sea regulations to new areas such as the Middle East and Africa. Photographed: Collecting test specimens of the Myxine Glutinosa eel (NO: slimål, ENG: hagfish) for testing the polymer in the mucus. [Photo: Harald Fosshagen; Source: Torbjørn Tenold Eikaas; NSG Contact magazine]

2006

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
The Environmental Services vacuum skip in place on the Noble Byron.
[Photo: Kenneth P. Næss.]

2006

Testing services

The CleanSep* adjustable well test separator, with efficient separation during well clean up and more accurate metering, was launched in Norway.

2006

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
Lyng Drilling was acquired by Schlumberger. Pictured, the Lyng Drilling facility in Vanviken, outside Trondheim. [Photo: Ray Bolianatz]

2007

Well Services

The Well Services team moved from the Schlumberger Wireline base into shared offices with M-I SWACO at Kokstadflaten 4 in Bergen. [Source: NSG Contact magazine/John Knowles]

2007

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
A novel positioning method for the EM source was carried out in La Ciotat. [Photo: Erik Vigen]

2007

Cameron

TTS Marine ASA acquired Sense EDM, and the company name changed to TTS Sense. The same year, the first jack-up package was sold.

2007

Testing services

The dual-selective tubing conveyed perforation (TCP) system perforated two zones independently in one run at Valhall.

2007

Cameron

ConSepT AS was acquired by the American company NATCO Group (est. 1988, Houston from the National Tank Company (est.1926)), a manufacturer of equipment for separating oil, natural gas, and water. The same year, separator internals for the Ormen Lange Subsea Compressor Pilot Station were delivered.

2007

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
A multi-segment Operation Support Centre (OSC) driven by D&M, was opened in Stavanger.

2007

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
The EAB Connection System was developed and delivered to the first customer in the
North Sea.

2007

Wireline

Wireline
The PressureXpress* reservoir pressure-while-logging service was run on the TLC* Tough Logging Conditions system at Gullfaks, saving 3-4 hours' rig time compared to a conventional MDT* Modular Formation dynamics Tester operation.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2007

Wireline

The Isolation Scanner* cement evaluation service was mobilized for a Statoil well. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2008

Completions

Completions
Control line clamps were installed at the Ormen Lange field. [Photo: Henning Tovsen]

2008

Wireline

Wireline logged the hottest well in Norway to date: 193 degC at Ekofisk. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2008

Well Services

The new ACTive* family of live coiled tubing services for well cleanout was run for the first time in the North Sea, at the Valhall field. [Source: SCA.Contact magazine]

2008

Testing services

Testing services
The PhaseSampler* multiphase sampling equipment was launched in the North Sea for collecting samples at line conditions from a PhaseTester* or PhaseWatcher* multiphase meter at the wellsite. Pictured, the new technology being presented at the ONS exhibition, Stavanger, August 2008. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2008

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineering secured the first cross-border fiscal allocation multiphase application between Norway and UK using multiphase meters with the PhaseWatcher Vx* multiphase well testing technology from 3-Phase Measurements. [Source: Michael Smith]

2008

Software

Software
The Schlumberger Stavanger Research centre has been providing subsurface expertise for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects since the mid-1990s. Data from seismic surveys and borehole imaging are used to identify suitable reservoirs for carbon storage. By the end of 2008, 10 million t of CO2 from the Sleipner West field had been stored in the sandstone formation at Utsira, monitored by regular 4D time-lapse surveys.

2008

Completions

Completions
The 2008.1 release of the Petrel* E&P software platform combined with intelligent completions to monitor the reservoir in real time. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2008

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
The Smith Bits organization moved in with the Smith Services team at Kanalveien 2, Forus.

2008

Well Services

Well Services
Well Services introduced the FlexSTIM* modular offshore stimulation system in Norway. FlexSTIM vessels are flexible, high-capacity stimulation vessels, built and demobilized in a rapid time frame to meet client expectations in the UK and Norway for fracturing and stimulation operations. Pictured, the Skandi Caledonia FlexSTIM vessel at the Oseberg B field. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2008

Drilling & Measurements

The PowerDrive* X5 rotary steerable system successfully drilled a 26-in hole both vertically and directionally with the same bottomhole assembly, saving an extra run.

2008

Completions

One of the first Electrical Submersible Pumps (ESP) in the Norwegian sector was installed at the Volve field. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2008

Drilling & Measurements

The new MaxWell* integrated field acquisition system run in the North Sea was one of the first in the world. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2009

Cameron

NATCO was acquired by Cameron.

2009

Wireline

Wireline
Wireline opened the Special Services base at Kokstadveien 38, Bergen to service and deliver wireline reservoir sampling, coring, and conveyance services.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2009

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
3-Phase Measurements delivered the 1000th meter based on Vx* multiphase well testing technology.

2009

Testing services

Testing services
The Modular Compact Well Testing System was designed and built in Norway. All the equipment was slotted, fitted and stacked to take minimal space. It was assembled on land and mounted onto a skid frame for quick installation at the rig. Pictured here at the Tyrihans field on board the Transocean Arctic semisubmersible rig.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2009

Well Services

Well Services
The Island Commander was converted to a FlexSTIM* modular offshore stimulation system vessel in record time (21 days). It became the longest-serving FlexSTIM vessel to date, operating until 2014 when it was relieved by the Island Centurion. [Source: David Gorman, Kinga Krzynowek]

2009

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
A Smith Services advertisement.

2009

Testing services

SenTREE* 7 subsea well control systems and well clean-up services were installed at the Skarv field. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2009

Testing services

Testing services
Testing Services moved into new facilities at Maskinveien 13, Forus.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2009

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The UniQ* land seismic acquisition platform took its first commercial shot in Kuwait with a 76,000-channel seismic system after a few weeks of overlap between UniQ and the Q-Land* point-receiver land seismic system. The WesternGeco Land Engineering department in Asker had worked on UniQ since 2004.

2010

Well Services

Well Services
Coiled tubing equipment was based at the Hamrasletta facility. Pictured, a truck ready to collect part of the coil tubing tower. [Photo: Henning Schanche]

2010

Wireline

Wireline
The SafeJet* perforating gun system was successfully deployed by the TuffTRAC* cased-hole services tractor.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2010

Cameron

Cameron
Development of motion compensation products for floaters started.

2010

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
WesternGeco Oslo Technology Centre moved into new facililties in Gamle Borgenvei, Asker. The more than 24,000 sq m building includes the Environmental Qualification Laboratory, Electromagnetics department, Marine Global Operations Support, the Land and Marine Test and Integration Center, and the Land and Marine engineering departments.
[Photo: F. Solberg]

2010

Cameron

Cameron
Cameron HPHT wellheads and trees were installed at the Valemon field.

2010

Software

Software
The Ocean* software development framework store was launched at the SIS Global Forum 2010 in London. Through the store, Petrel users can browse, download, or purchase plug-ins to Petrel software.

2010

Well Services

Well Services
Well Services moved into new facilities, designed according to lean working principles, at Energiveien 8, Tananger. Pictured, the official opening by then Mayor of Sola Council, Håkon Rege. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2010

Bits & Drilling Tools

Smith International merged with Schlumberger, and the Bits & Advanced Technologies and Drilling & Remedial Tools segments, (later Bits & Drilling Tools segment), became part of the Drilling Group.

2010

M-I SWACO

As part of the merger between Smith International and Schlumberger, M-I SWACO became a Schlumberger company.

2010

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Geoservices (est. 1958, France) a privately owned French oilfield services company specialized in mud logging, slickline, and production surveillance operations, was acquired.

2010

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
Lyng Drilling's drill bits with stinger elements were tested and introduced with great success in the North Sea, first at Skrugard (Johan Castberg) and later the same year at Ekofisk. In August, following the Schlumberger merger with Smith International, Lyng became part of the B&AT segment, later the Bits & Drilling Tools segment.

2010

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
The M-I SWACO Produced Water and Sand Management (PWSM) test centre opened in Porsgrunn, Norway with a focus on the EPCON Compact Flotation Unit (CFU).

2010

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The PowerDrive vorteX* powered rotary steerable system running the point-the-bit control unit from a PowerDrive Xceed* RSS combined to drill more than 2,300m of chalk in one run at the Sleipner field. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2011

Well Services

Well Services
The REM Vision fit-for-purpose stimulation vessel was fitted out and mobilized for stimulation and fracturing operations. The vessel worked exclusively on the Ekofisk and Eldfisk fields until being replaced by DeepSTIM* stimulation vessels in 2015.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine, Kinga Krzynowek]

2011

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The Drilling Base at Hamrasletta, Tananger was reorganized and rebuilt as a Lean site. Pictured, the revamped electronic lab gave improved working conditions for technicians from all services. [Source: NSG Contact]

2011

Cameron

Cameron
A new, 2000 sq m warehouse was established in Mekjarvik.

2011

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Emulsion breaker and flocculant testing by M-I SWACO. Pictured, Field Service Manager Torbjørn Eikaas with a garden spray used to simulate dispersed air floatation (DAF). [Photo: Jan Scheie]

2011

Cameron

Cameron
The Troll Oseberg Gas Injection (TOGI) Subsea Christmas Tree for Norsk Hydro was removed after 22 years of successful operation subsea.
[Source: Frode Bakke, Liv Tone Helvig]

2011

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
WesternGeco returns to Saudi Arabia with its proprietary technology, the UniQ land seismic acquisition platform with a 100,000-channel acquisition system. acquiring more than 7,000 shot points per day.

2011

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineering successfully designed, built, and qualified the first 15,000 psi, 400 degF (1035 bar, 205 degC) subsea multiphase meter. This was an important milestone in meeting the requirements for monitoring, allocation, and reservoir management of complex high pressure, high temperature wells. [Source: Michael Smith]

2011

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The PetroTechnical Engineering Centre, a centre of excellence to facilitate interdisciplinary drilling-focused solutions, opened in Stavanger as one of six pilot projects in Schlumberger. Pictured, Iain Gordon, PTEC manager. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2011

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineering secured the first cross border fiscal allocation wet gas application between Norway and Denmark using multiphase and wet gas meters.
[Source: Michael Smith]

2011

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
The Dynamic Pressure Management segment (DPM) was established through the merger of @balance with Optimal Pressure Drilling Services and M-I SWACO's Pressure Control division. Pictured, the choke manifold at a successful operation where the managed pressure drilling (MPD) services kept the bottomhole pressure within a narrow pressure window to make drilling through unstable formations possible. In 2013, DPM became a sub-segment of M-I SWACO. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2011

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
The M-I SWACO MD-3 triple deck shale shaker had a successful Norwegian debut. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2011

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
The M-I SWACO European Technology Centre developed drilling and completion fluid solutions and novel production chemicals. Pictured, Rachael Cole and Tore Nordvik testing the performance of oxidizing agents in the Production Technology lab.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2012

Well Services

Well Services
Well Services cementing units were installed on several COSL rigs. Pictured, the West Elara jackup. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2012

Testing services

Testing services
The SenTREE* 7 subsea test tree and the SenTURIAN* large-bore subsea landing string electrohydraulically operating systems were selected for a Barents Sea field. Pictured, the flowmeters on the SenTURIAN riser control module being checked in the Testing Services wokshop. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2012

Cameron

Cameron
TTS Energy was acquired by Cameron and relaunched as Cameron Sense AS. The first two jack-up packages were in operation, and a further 8 drilling package projects were sold.

2012

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
DRILCO opened a new, purpose-designed workshop at the Drilling Base in Hamrasletta, Tananger offering machine shop, inspection, and tubular product sales. The segment's roots go back to 1949 and the Drill Collar Service Company in Texas, which in 1952 became Drilco Oil Tools, and in 1967, part of Smith International.
[Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2012

Schlumberger acquired the remaining shares of Framo Engineering, and 3-Phase Measurements was consolidated into the organization.

2012

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The PowerDriver Archer* high build rate rotary steerable system was launched in Norway and introduced to clients during a tour of main centres. This fully rotating system is the only RSS that builds high angles from any deviation in one run without requiring a trip out of the hole, increasing hydrocarbon production potential and reducing risk

2012

Well Services

Well Services
The first two OptiPac* Alternate Path openhole gravel-pack operations in Norway were successfully run from a drillship. A further two, equally successful operations followed in 2013 and 2015 from the drill ship and a jackup, using fluid formulated by the Client Support Laboratory in Aberdeen and M-I SWACO Drilling Fluids in Norway. The locally designed Slurry Return Tank (L. Lilleland, G. Holsbrekken, J. Filbrandt, D.I. Gorman), incorporating screens from M-I SWACO, has since been adopted by the Schlumberger Sand Management Services community worldwide. Pictured, Schlumberger gravel pack skid equipment on board the Transocean Barents semi-submersible. The Slurry Return Tank is in the foreground, right, in front of the sand silo. [Source: K. Krzynowek, G. Holsbrekken]

2012

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Dan Vindenes (left) and Torbjørn Eikaas, M-I SWACO, clean hydro cyclones at Statfjord B. [Source: Torbjørn Tenold Eikaas]

2012

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
Framo Engineering opened a 30,000 sq m advanced test facility at Horsøy, outside Bergen, for the assembly and testing of large subsea systems.

2012

Software

Software development company, GeoKnowledge (est. 1985, Oslo), was acquired and merged with SNTC. The company's main product, GeoX, is an integrated family of tools which provides decision support solutions for prospectivity and economic analysis of exploration opportunities.

2012

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
After several ownership changes, the acquisition of Luster Mekaniske Industri (LMI) was completed and in 2013 it became part of OneSubsea AS. Pictured, the SSIV module for the Oselvar project.

2012

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
The CYCLOTECH Hydrocyclone skid was selected to manage produced water at a Barents Sea field.

2012

Schlumberger and Cameron formed the joint venture, OneSubsea, combining their subsea businesses.

2012

Software

Software
Scandpower Petroleum Technology (SPT) Group (est.1971, Oslo) was acquired. The SPT Group specialized in dynamic flow assurance, asset optimization, and drilling software, for example, the OLGA* dynamic multiphase flow simulator.

2012

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
M-I SWACO set up a dedicated supply base at the Polarbase site in Rypefjord, Hammerfest.

2012

Software

Software
An Aftenposten newspaper award, 'the best Norwegian innovation since 1980', was given to multiphase technology and the OLGA* dynamic multiphase flow simulator from SPT. The technology had previously won Statoil's prestigious 'Research Prize' in 2008. [Source: Aftenposten.no]

2013

Cameron

Following the establishment of the OneSubsea joint venture, the Cameron Subsea division in Norway moved from Cameron Norge to OneSubsea Processing.

2013

Testing services

Testing services
A new, purpose-built facility was opened at Myrebø, outside Stavanger for assembly and storage of tubing-conveyed perforating (TCP) technology. [Source: NSG Contact magazine]

2013

OneSubsea

EAB Engineering became part of the OneSubsea joint venture.

2013

Bits & Drilling Tools

Bits & Drilling Tools
The Stinger* conical diamond element bit, introduced to the North Sea by Lyng Drilling in 2010, was further developed following the merger with Smith International, and in 2013 the 3-dimensional cutter bits (3DC) technology was launched worldwide.
[Source: Snorre Lærdal]

2013

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
LWD Engineer Ahmed El Sedeq on board the Maersk Guardian for Lundin, where his job was to prepare and program the Geosphere, EcoScope, StethoScope and telescope tools.

2014

Cameron

Cameron
Cameron Rig Equipment was formed following Cameron’s acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies Drilling Systems and Offshore Products (est.1954). A complete semi/drillship package including riser and BOP was developed.

2014

Software

Software
The Petrel* E&P software platform continued to develop and grow. In 2014, a step-change development to the user interface saw a ribbon concept introduced to support a logical flow of activities for individual users. The change was implemented after more than 30 person-years of testing the beta releases.

2014

Cameron

Cameron
Cameron Process Systems laboratory testing and verification facilities in Trondheim included 3 separate loops.

2014

Bits & Drilling Tools

The StingBlade* conical diamond element bit is used for the first time in the North Sea.

2014

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
LMI prepared the process piping module for the wet gas compression project for Gullfaks.

2014

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The GeoSphere* reservoir mapping-while-drilling service won the Innovation Award at the ONS exhibition. Pictured, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tord Lien, presenting the award to Christophe Dupuis and Emmanuelle Regrain from Schlumberger.

2014

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
OneSubsea Processing delivered the first subsea AquaWatcher water analysis sensor to West Africa from its Bergen facility. [Source: Michael Smith]

2014

Well Services

Well Services
Norway’s first DeepSTIM vessel, the Island Centurion, was mobilized. The vessel design allowed for extended stimulation operation and the fully integrated ‘frac&stim’ equipment built into the vessel’s systems was designed to make operations semi-automatic. The equipment was shielded from the elements, and provided maximum capacity and flexibility. [Source: NOR Contact newsletter, Kinga Krzynowek]

2015

Cameron

Cameron
By 2015, Cameron Drilling Systems had delivered close to 127 Drilling Control systems and continued to further develop the technology.

2015

Wireline

Wireline
In an internal reorganization, two sub-segments were created: Evaluation Services (openhole logging, reservoir and sampling, analysis behind casing and well integrity in new wells), and Production Services (well integrity, perforation, producing logging, mechanical intervention, and Slickline). [Source: NOR Contact newsletter]

2015

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
OneSubsea installed its first subsea multiphase compressor at the Gullfaks field.
[Source: Ragnar Vikøren]

2015

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
The Drilling Analyst position was created as the central point in planning and executing drilling operations from the PetroTechnical Engineering Centre.

2015

Well Services

Well Services
The project initiated to cross-train stimulation riggers from Well Production Services and coiled tubing personnel from Well Intervention Services to create a pool of multi-skilled operators saved a total of 926 man days for one client in 2015. [Source: David Ian Gorman]

2015

M-I SWACO

M-I SWACO
Four Schlumberger laboratories were combined into one to form the first, fully-integrated, segment-wide service laboratory. Located in Sandsli, Bergen, the laboratory incorporated M-I SWACO Production Technologies including Wellbore Productivity, Ecotoxicological services, M-I SWACO Drilling Solutions, and the Well Services (Cementing) laboratory. [Source: NOR Contact newsletter]

2015

Well Services

Well Services
A plug and abandonment project called for an innovative, integrated solution to solve issues with the final plugging material. The successful operation included M-I SWACO Environmental Solutions solids return handling equipment, Dynamic Pressure Management’s Automated Choke Control System delivered via the Coiled Tubing operator cabin, and Testing Services’ sand separator on standby. [Source: David Ian Gorman]

2015

Wireline

Wireline
New technology introduced included the DSL* digital slickline cable, the StreamLINE* polymer-encapsulated wireline coaxial cable, and the StarLINE polymer filled coaxial cable.
[Source: NOR Contact newsletter]

2015

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
The OneSubsea Processing team broke new ground in reliability and availability in the subsea world with the introduction of a redundant gamma system for the subsea PhaseWatcher Vx* multiphase well testing technology for the multiphase/wet gas product line.
[Source: Michael Smith]

2015

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Integrated drilling services were supported by PetroTechnical Engineering Centres and monitored from Onshore Operating Centres from land.

2015

Well Services

Well Services
The ACTive OptiFIRE* CT real-time selective perforating and activation system set a world record by detonating 6 selective guns on the first perforating run, then repeating another 6 on the second run. Pictured, the day-shift crew behind the success.
[Source: NOR Contact newsletter]

2015

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
EAB Engineering delivered its 1000th soft landing cylinder. The dampers reduce the impact load during landing of structures subsea, controlling the final touchdown speed to within the allowable limit, independent of installation vessel motion and crane installation speed. [Source: Paal Ligaard]

2015

OneSubsea

OneSubsea
ROV subsea sampling Christmas tree interfaces and ROV-operated sampling modules were developed and delivered by EAB Engineering, as a joint collaboration project between the OilPhase Product Centre and OneSubsea Processing Systems between 2010-2016. The system retrieved and separated out water samples from a multiphase well stream while actively maintaining temperatures above hydrate formation. The water samples were retrieved to surface for further analysis. [Source: Paal Ligaard]

2015

Well Services

Well Services
Just a few months after the first DeepSTIM vessel was mobilized, a second, the Island Centurion, joined the fleet. Together with the BIGORANGE XVIII stimulation vessel, they represent the biggest stimulation capacity in Europe, making the North Sea one of the strongest areas globally for ‘frac&stim’ operations from a vessel.
[Photo: Sondre Solvang; Source: Kinga Krzynowek]

2016

Cameron

Cameron
Cameron and Schlumberger merged, combining their complementary technology portfolios into a pore-to-pipeline products and services offering to the global oil and gas industry. Here, Cameron staff in Stavanger celebrate the merger, April 2016. [Photo: Gunnar Tvedten].

2016

Wireline

Wireline
Pictured, Wireline Field Specialist Maria Straume working on a remote-controlled Wireling logging operation from the Integrated Operations room on the 'Songa Encourage' rig.
[Photo: Knut-Roald Ludvigsen]

2016

Cameron

Cameron
Following the merger of Cameron and Schlumberger, synergy and integration opportunities included the 'rig of the future', intelligent drilling optimization, and condition-based maintenance.

2016

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
New technology included the TRISOR* 6 TRILOGY acoustic source control element, an integral part of the IsoMetrix* marine isometric seismic technology bringing high-fidelity seismic data of fine-scale structures in the subsurface in all directions. [Photo: Peter Nyhuus]

2016

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Pictured, Geoservices Engineer, Wieslaw Baczek, in the Collaboration room on the Transocean Spitsbergen.

2016

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The Monowing MK4 was constructed of fiber glass and carbon fiber and measured 9.1m high, 2.3m wide (when unfolded, about 6m). Each of the major WesternGeco vessels had 5 wings each, enabling them to tow 16 streamers with 100m separation. Combined with Q-Marine or Isometrix technology, the coverage of the spread was 12 sq km. [Photo: Peter Nyhuus]

2016

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
The Amazon Conqueror was added to the WesternGeco fleet as its most advanced seismic vessel so far. It carried the IsoMetrix* marine isometric seismic technology, the TRISOR* 6 TRILOGY acoustic source control element, and the Monowing* Mk4 multistreamer towing technology. [Source: Svein Arne Frivik]

2016

WesternGeco

WesternGeco
UniQ Analog takes its first commercial shot in Saudi Arabia with a 70,000-channel analog system . The WesternGeco Land Engineering department in Asker had worked on the analog version of the UniQ land seismic acquisition platform since the end of 2014.

2016

Drilling & Measurements

Drilling & Measurements
Offshore tasks moved to Onshore Operating Centres saving costs for clients, reducing HSE exposure, and increasing efficiency for engineers. Pictured, LWD Engineer, Thomas Sahl speaking to a rig from onshore.

2016

Software

Software
Schlumberger launched “software as a service” in Norway based on the BluCube* E&P application infrastructure solution and a local providers’ cloud platform.
[Source: Christian Larsen, SIS]

2016

Wireline

Wireline
Formation Testing While Tripping (FTWT), a new system for open hole pressure transient testing and sampling, is launched. With this technology, formation permeability, permeability anisotropy and formation fluid samples can be obtained without the requirement for topside production equipment, flaring of hydrocarbons and exposure of personnel to pressurized equipment containing live hydrocarbons. FTWT has been developed via technology cooperation between Schlumberger and Statoil. [Source: Vladislav Achourov]