Students Training at Statoil’s Subsea Workshop in Florø

Close contact with the subsea industry is an important part of Bergen University College’s bachelor programme Underwater Technology - Operation and Maintenance. Statoil is one of the 16 companies that offer the students in Florø practical training during a four-week working period.

Published: 12 August 2015
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Students in practical training at Statoil, Florø

The bachelor study in Florø started autumn 2013 as a copy of the same study at Straume near Bergen. 34 students attended the first year and 45 the second year. Funding of the study was done in cooperation with the industry, with Statoil as the largest contributor. NCE Subsea participated in the project group that established the study in Florø.

Øyvind Østrem is local study coordinator in Florø and is grateful to the regional industry for their cooperation.

- The subsea bachelor study is fully dependent on the industry to offer students practical training. I am most thankful for all help and support in this task, says Østrem. - The same cooperation will also be needed regarding project tasks, bachelor papers and offering the subject Practical Training II, Østrem adds.

Practical Training

The company Fjord Base AS in Florø has built and developed the 700.000 square meter large supply base in Florø, including three fully equipped subsea workshops. The Statoil branch SSO SDM POS (SubSea Operations - Subsea Demand Management - Pools and Operational Support) perform maintenance and modification on subsea equipment in two workshops.

The spring of 2015 saw high activity in Statoil’s subsea workshops in Florø. The two bachelor students Kristoffer Skarsgård and Herman Wenstad have had an interesting time at one of the workshops.

- We have been challenged with different tasks and feel that we have learned a lot. We have not been served answers or solutions, but our colleagues have guided us in how to search and adopt the necessary knowhow, says Skarsgård and Wenstad.

Statoil Contributes in Different Ways

Statoil in Florø also offers an internship for students. Second grade subsea student Ellinora Høyvik Grimelid got a summer internship in Statoil last year and has returned this summer. She is quite happy with the internship arrangement.

 - Statoil offered me a summer internship that included both subsea and logistic tasks. I experienced a welcoming and including environment with focus on learning. I feel that I have gained a lot of experience during my stay at Statoil in Florø, Grimelid says.

She will be attending the autumn semester at University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth, and will return to Florø for the last semester and write her upcoming bachelor paper.

A Diverse Future Lies Ahead

The last years the Underwater Technology - Operation and Maintenance study has been the most popular engineering study in Norway. Due to recent fall in oil prices and reduction in petroleum activity, there has been a fall in applications for the study starting in autumn 2015. Øyvind Østrem wants to emphasize the diversity of the subsea study.

- Our students get a variety of skills on top of an ordinary mechanical engineer education. The coming years we will probably see Norwegian subsea knowhow and technology be used in different areas such as underwater environmental monitoring, subsea mining, offshore wind power, tidal power and a growing marine industry. This means that the subsea education aims for the future, Østrem ends.

Contact Information:

Trond Strømgren

Subsea Innovator
+47 402 98 729
trond.stromgren@gcesubsea.no