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Sekal was established in 2011 with the aim of producing commercial products based on technologies developed by the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS). Today, Sekal is a collaborative venture between Statoil, Saudi Aramco, SåkornInvest, and IRIS. Our advanced drilling technology is the result of more than 20 years of development.

We help clients to control drilling activities from their operations centers. We also drive down costs and reduce risk exposure through automation and by moving personnel from the rig site to the office. This approach enables operating companies to apply their expertise more efficiently, with office-based experts helping to resolve potential problems at the rig site, rather than responding after a problem has occurred. Proactive collaboration between office and rig helps to reduce costs and drive efficiency.

We aim to be recognized as an industry leader, setting the standard for real-time monitoring and automation of drilling operations and shaping the future of drilling technology.


Roxar Technologies AS
(Emerson Group Company)

Roxar Technologies AS (Emerson Group Company), designated reseller of Sekal DrillScene software in the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) region, will provide local services and support to all users of the integrated product.

Kongsberg Digital

Kongsberg Digital, long-term sales and development partner, providing new and innovative software built on SiteCom and Well Advisor for enhanced monitoring, improved e iciency and greater automation of drilling activities.

http://kongsberg.com/en/kongsberg-digital/oil and gas/real time drilling/
International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS)

IRIS works with Sekal as a strategic research and development partner for the creation of new oilfield technology. Sekal develops and commercializes products based on technologies devised by IRIS.




Statoil is an international energy company with operations in 36 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, Statoil is committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. Headquartered in Norway, Statoil has approximately 21,000 employees worldwide and is listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges.

Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures is the corporate venturing subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia. Established in 2012 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Aramco, its mission is to invest in start-up and high growth companies with technologies of strategic importance to Saudi Aramco and to accelerate their development and deployment in the Kingdom.

The International Research Institute of Stavanger AS (IRIS) is an independent, nationally and internationally recognized research institute with expertise in petroleum technology, marine environment, social science and business development. The petroleum research group offers comprehensive expertise to the petroleum industry. This includes capabilities for developing innovative and environmentally acceptable technologies within geological modeling, reservoir evaluation, drilling and well completion, risk assessment, IOR, water management and production chemistry. IRIS’s ULLRIGG Drilling and Well Centre is the world’s most advanced full-scale drilling and well facility, with testing sites, flow loops and related laboratories.

SåkornInvest II AS was established in 2006 with a capital base of NOK 340 million as an initiative to provide seed and early venture capital to start-up companies in Norway.
Sekal Employees
Sekal employees currently own 15 per cent of Sekal.
Sveinung Lofthus, Chief Executive Officer
Sveinung has more than 30 years of offshore and onshore experience in the drilling industry. He has held various operational, technical and management positions in Norway and internationally. Sveinung spent 19 years in Smedvig Offshore AS, where his final position was Managing Director. He then spent seven years at Seadrill, heading up their Europe and North Atlantic Drilling division. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Stavanger. He is CEO of Sekal after a short period as Vice President DrillTronics.
Knut Fosse, Chief Technology Officer
Knut has over 30 years of management experience working within technology companies on a global basis. He has held leadership roles in Roxar, Kverneland, and Scanvest-Olivetti. More recently, Knut has been a consultant, providing services in management of technology development projects, commercialization and marketing of technology products and implementation of new processes and information technology.



Kjell-Erik Østdahl
Kjell-Erik has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, having held a number of senior positions in Schlumberger. Østdahl joined Schlumberger in 1990 as a Field Engineer and held various positions in Operations, Business Development and Marketing. His last position in the company was Adviser to the CEO of Schlumberger Ltd. Additionally, he was Chief Procurement Officer in Statoil from 2006-2007, Vice President of Operations in WesternGeco from 2008-2009 and Senior Partner in HitecVision from 2009-2015.

Kjell-Erik joined Sekal as Chairman of the Board in December 2015.

Børge Richard Kolstad
Børge is currently a Partner at Wellwork Innovation. He has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including more than 20 years in executive management positions. For the past 12 years, he has worked as an entrepreneur within O&G technology companies such as Sense EDM/Sense Intellifield, OTG, Norwegian Seals, 2TD Drilling, Read Well Services and META, Viking Intervention Technology and others.

Torkell Gjerstad
Torkell has more than thirty year’s industry experience, principally within the petroleum business. As CEO, he has played a pivotal role in developing three knowhow and technology companies (Technica, Roxar and Acona) from an early stage into leading positions, with tremendous value growth for the shareholders. These companies included advanced technologies for physical modeling, measuring and modeling of key processes in oil and gas operations.

Torkell is currently the CEO of IRIS Forskningsinvest AS, a company that develops R&D results from the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) and the University of Stavanger into commercial products and services.

Jørn Bergeland
Jørn is one of the Co-founders of Procom Venture and has more than 15 years experience in the oil and gas industry, including 9 years with Smedvig. Jørn has broad experience from start-ups and technology venture companies, both as a board member and strategic advisor.

Arne Frøiland
Arne is currently a Partner at Energy Capital Management. He has an extensive experience as an entrepreneur and as an investor in the Oil & Gas industry including Vice President and Managing Director of Statoil Venture AS, Investment Director of Hydro Technology Venture AS and CEO and co-founder of Applied Plasma Physics AS. Arne has been a board member in several venture capital funded companies such as Sharecat AS, Octio AS and Spectraseis AG.

Jan Ellevset
Jan is currently an Investment Director at Statoil. Since 1993, he has worked with commercialization of technology from small technology companies. He has extensive investment and divestment experiences from Statoil Technology Invest. Jan has been and currently is a board member of several technology companies in Norway and the UK.




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