STATOIL ASA (Associate Partner) is a leading Norwegian company in oil and gas production with a worldwide presence. It has strong geological and geophysical expertise and is a leader in the field of unconventional energy resources such as gas hydrates. Statoil’s Harstad Office hosts 80 geologists involved in exploration of the Mid-Norwegian and the Barents Sea continental shelves. In addition to local expertise, the company has wide professional networks and research centres which ensure support for all relevant disciplines. Statoil ASA also has extensive research collaboration with Norwegian universities (trough e.g the UoB Statoil ASA academia agreement “Akademinaavtale”). Statoil ASA has access to a large database of seismic and well data from the Norwegian margin.