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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 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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.

Leif Erik Bohne

VP Software Devlopment

Leif Erik has 30 years of experience in software development in the oil industry. He has experience from software development used for seismic interpretation in Schlumberger, well planning and geological modelling software in Roxar and drilling simulation software at MHWirth. For the last 15 years Leif Erik has worked in several manager positions responsible for product development doing innovation and product portfolio strategy. He has a Bachelor of Science, Honours Degree in Computing Science from University of Glasgow.

Egill Abrahamsen

VP Business Development


Mats Hermansen

Sales Director

Mats has 20 years of hands-on experience bringing new technology to Oil & Gas operators, and service companies worldwide.
Working with various Data- and Information Management solutions and services, including Real-Time Data Solutions, Integrated- and Remote Operation Environments (RTOC, Visualization Centres etc), Predictive analysis software and Drilling Automation solutions.

Anders Kristian Nesheim

Product Manager for DrillScene and Drilling and Wells specialist

Anders Nesheim have been working in the oil industry for 37 years. Over the years Anders held the position as MWD operator and Directional Driller, Project Leader, Asset Manager, AutoTrak Manager and Technical Manager fin Baker Hughes. In 2014  Anders joined Sekal holding the position as Operations Manager. Anders is presently acting as Product Manager for DrillScene and Drilling and Wells specialis

Ronny Bergerud

Product Manager DrillTronics

Ronny has more than 25 years’ experience from technical Industries with both managing and engineering tasks.  Through his work with commercialization of Automatic Drilling Systems, his focus has been on digital governance, emphasizing data aggregation, accessability, performance and risk management. Ronny’s experience with the interface between operation, business owners and stakeholders to understand the problems the industry need to solve, provides a solid and functioning infrastructure for digitalization. He holds a degree in Cybernetics from University of Stavanger.

Egil Stranden

VP Operations and Support

Egil has experience in the drilling industry since 1995. He has held various operational and management positions in the industry. Egil spent 15 years in Schlumberger Drilling and Measurements both in Norway and internationally, rig experience both as a field engineer (M/LWD) and as a Directional driller. Egil later worked onshore in operational management positions both in Norway and Denmark for Schlumberger. Egil then joined Reelwell for 6 years as operations manager where he coordinated operations in Norway, Saudi Arabia and Canada before joining Sekal in August 2017.

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.

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.

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.

Kjartan Melberg

Kjartan holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in additional to executive courses in finance and strategy from INSEAD. He posseses several years of experience from a range of operational and managerial positions as well as board seats within the oil service industry and renewable energy. Kjartan is currently the CEO of IRIS Forskningsinvest AS, a company that commercialises R&D results from the reputable International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS).

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.

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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