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Shaping the Future

Of Drilling Technology

20 years of development

Sekal was established in 2011 with the aim of producing commercial products based on technologies developed by the Norwegian Research Centre AS (NORCE). Today, Sekal is a collaborative venture between Statoil, Saudi Aramco, SåkornInvest, and NORCE. 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.



Sumitomo Corporation (SC) is a leading Fortune 500 global trading and business investment company with 136 locations (Japan: 22, Overseas: 114) in 66 countries and regions. The entire SC Group consists of more than 900 companies. SC conducts commodity transactions in all industries utilizing worldwide networks, provides related customers with various financing, serves as an organizer and a coordinator for various projects, and invests in companies to promote greater growth potential. SCs core business areas include Metal Products, Transportation and Construction Systems, Infrastructure, Media and Digital, Living Related and Real Estate, Mineral Resources, Energy, and Chemical and Electronics.



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.


Equinor 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, Equinor is committed to accommodating the world’s energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. Headquartered in Norway, Equinor has approximately 21,000 employees worldwide and is listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges.



The Norwegian Research Centre AS (NORCE) is an independent, nationally and internationally recognized research institute with expertise in petroleum technology and energy, climate, the environment, health care, society and technology. 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. NORCE’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.


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.





Sveinung Lofthus

Chief Executive Officer

E-mail: sl@sekal.com

Asbjørn Sola

Vice President Sales & Marketing

E-mail: aso@sekal.com

Frode Gimre Gardum

Finance Manager

E-mail: fg@sekal.com

Egil Stranden

KEy Account Manager

E-mail: est@sekal.com

Egill Abrahamsen

Product Manager DrillExpect

E-mail: eab@sekal.com

Ronny Bergerud

Product Manager DrillTronics

E-mail: rb@sekal.com


Anders Kristian Nesheim

Product Manager DrillScene & DrillExpect

E-mail: akn@sekal.com

Board Members

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.

Ivar Aune

Ivar holds an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from NTNU and has more than 20 years of experience from the oil industry. Ivar began his career with Norsk Hydro Oil & Gas as a drilling engineer and has held various technical and managerial roles within drilling & well, risk management, technology management, and business development in Norway and abroad. He is currently an investment manager in Statoil Technology Invest and has served on the board of several companies including CannSeal, Octio, Gravitude and Raptor Oil.

Drill with Confidence

We focus on helping clients enhance their operations and optimize drilling performance by applying trend analysis and dynamic modeling to predict changes in drilling conditions that will lead to delays, inefficiencies and invisible lost time.

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