Jubilation in Narvik

Jubilation in Narvik

February 5, 2015
Executive Secretary

Norut has been granted funding by the Research Council of Norway for three projects totalling NOK 40 million.

There is great optimism in Narvik following the Research Council of Norway’s recent decision to approve funding grants for several new projects. After enduring a couple of tough years marked by downsizing and restructuring, the research institute can now switch its focus towards new appointments and controlled growth.

Studying oil in ice

The research project “Microscale interaction of oil with sea ice for detection and environmental risk management in sustainable operations” (MOSIDEO) involves studying oil in waters covered by sea ice. As it is classed as a research project, it is fully funded by the Research Council of Norway’s large-scale programme for petroleum research PETROMAKS2.

 

Intense competition

This type of project is highly sought-after and the national competition is intense. Consequently, it’s gratifying that Norut Narvik succeeds in this type of competition. Over the next four-year period, research scientists at Norut Narvik will get the opportunity to develop new and relevant knowledge together with partners at Norut Tromsø, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Remote sensing of Arctic waters

Coinciding with the grant for MOSIDEO, Norut has also gained an important long-term contract as part of a new centre for research-based innovation. The Centre for Integrated Remote Sensing and Forecasting for Arctic Operations (CIRFA) is initially an eight-year project. This centre is headed by the University of Tromsø, and will focus on the remote sensing of Arctic waters.

Several partners

The value of Norut Narvik’s share of the remote sensing project is approximately NOK 8 million. It also involves oil in waters covered by sea ice. The closest partners in the project will be the University of Tromsø, the Norwegian Polar Institute, MET Norway and oil companies. In addition, the centre provides contact with and access to a range of national and international partners.

The result of many years’ research

The research that Norut Narvik will perform in these two new projects is the result of painstaking research and knowledge development conducted over many years in the ColdTech project, which is part of the Research Council of Norway’s Nordsatsing initiative. There was even more good news. ColdTech has also been extended, following the granting of funding for an additional three-year period.

Upgrades of existing concrete dams

Another important strategic area for Norut is related to the management and upgrading of existing concrete dams. Norut Narvik has beaten strong competition in this field to win a sought-after coveted Research Council of Norway contract. The value of this funding is approximately NOK 15-20 million over the next four years. The Research Council of Norway will contribute 80% of this amount. This project involves the development of better computational methods and, if everything goes to plan, this will reduce the need to perform expensive reinforcements of existing concrete dams.

Savings for the power industry

It is hoped that this project will lead to cost savings for the power industry. Collaborations include Statkraft, Nordkraft, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), NTNU and international partners in Portugal and Canada.

Optimism for the future

These funding allocations from the Research Council of Norway provide Norut Narvik with long-term stability and the possibility of controlled growth over the next few years. Acting Managing Director Bård Arntsen is proud of his staff, and is pleased that several years of competence development has yielded results and is now providing this basis for future optimism.

Click here to read an article published in the newspaper Fremover, Sikret avtaler for 40 mill (Secured contracts worth NOK 40 million). This article is in Norwegian only.