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 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. SC’s 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.
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 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.