Oil as a Resource
Solid knowledge about where to look for oil on the vast Greenlandic West Coast is crucial if Greenland wants to create an oil industry. This is why the Greenlandic owned oil company NUNAOIL has started an industrial PhD in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen.
The goal of the project is to develop an analysis of the geological parameters needed in order to accumulate oil and gas within an area which goes from the Disco Bay area in the North to Cap Farewell in the South of Greenland.
The area is 20 times the size of the Danish oil field in the North Sea.
The knowledge is crucial for foreign companies who might have an interest in searching for oil and investing in a Greenlandic oil industry. Precise information about where to drill in order to have the best chances of actually finding oil improves the chance of attracting investors to Greenland.
The PhD candidate, Thomas Varming, will be working for NUNAOIL throughout the period and will also spent time at the University of Copenhagen where he is enrolled.
Industial Ph.D, Nunaoil
University of Greenland
Manutooq 1, Post Box 1061
3905 Nuussuaq, Nuuk
"Vil hjælpe olieselskaberne med at ramme plet"
Article in Danish. April 19th 2016.
The project runs from december 2015 - december 2018.
Project partners are NUNAOIL, the University of Copenhagen and GEUS.
The project is carried out as an industrial PhD.
- An Industrial PhD student is employed in the private sector company and enrolled at the university.
- The private sector company applies for funding for the project from Innovation Fund Denmark, and the student is employed by the company and receives a salary during the entire Industrial PhD project.
- The student shares her/his working time between the company and the university, and spends all the work time on the Industrial PhD project.
- The project allows the Industrial PhD to carry out a research project where results are applied in an enterprise setting.
- The company gets a candidate able to carry out a high quality research project and create results that can lead to commercial gain. At the same time, the company strengthens its relations to existing and new collaboration partners at the university.
- The public sector research institution strengthens its relations to the business sector, and a foundation for new research is created.