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Statoil on the importance of JIPs


Statoil has been a regular visitor to MARIN over the years, both with commercial projects, as well as participating in many Joint Industry Projects. Report interviews Tone Vestbøstad, Statoil’s Specialist Marine Hydrodynamics, about the value of JIPs with a focus on their role in the offshore wind industry.


Our overall goal is to design and operate safe and robust, but also flexible and efficient platforms. So I would say cooperation here contributes to cost-savings towards that goal.”


important, even more so now that research budgets are generally cut. But I would say cooperation between the industry and the research institutes is just as important. It is only beneficial for the industry to cooperate when improving methods and technologies within our field. Marine hydrodynamics is not a field where we as oil companies need to compete (well at least not in the oil & gas sector, this may be different in offshore wind); we rather need to develop the industry standards together.


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here does Statoil feel that the value of JIPs lies? Tone explains: “More research for our money is


Another aspect of JIP cooperation is bringing experts from different parts of the industry together, she adds, which facilitates valuable experience transfer. However, Tone points out that for JIPs to be successful, it is important that sponsors are active participants, challen ging the research institutes and contributing with their own experience and expertise. “My experience is that the more active we are when following up a JIP, the more ‘value for money’ we get from participating.”


Many of the JIPs that Statoil has participated in dealt with research on extreme waves and loading such as the Crest and ShortCrest JIPs, and the recently initiated BreaKin JIP. The BreaKin JIP focuses on impact loads from


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