SPE Stavanger honored Karl Johnny Hersvik with the Oilman of the Year 2017 award at the annual Dance & BBQ Dinner last Friday.

From left: Vidar Strand (President, SPE Stavanger), Janeen Judah (President, SPE International), Karl Johnny Hersvik (CEO, Aker BP), Frode Indreeide (SPE Stavanger)

The award was given to Karl Johnny Hersvik (CEO, Aker BP), whom through his work and elected positions has contributed in bridging the gap between academia and the Norwegian petroleum industry. His colleagues describe him as visionary, curious, responsible, predictable and involved - similar to Aker BP’s own corporate values.

As a leader of Aker BP, Mr. Hersvik has through innovation and in challenging times, developed “Det Norske Oljeselskap” into a Norwegian, independent and competitive upstream business with its own successful strategy on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. This has resulted in several well executed transactions involving Det Norske, Marathon Oil and BP Norway. With both fields in production and under development, and a staff highly competent in petroleum production, assumptions are in place to expect good results from Aker BP. The Aker BP operated field Ivar Aasen was delivered well within budget and time during very challenging times.

Mr. Hersvik assumed the position as CEO of Aker BP Mai 2014, after leaving the position as head of research in Statoil. Before joining Statoil in 1998, he was actively involved in founding several IT businesses. He has held several leading positions within Norsk Hydro and StatoilHydro.


Additional awards were given by SPE Stavanger.

Back left: Milad Khatibi (PhD, UiS), Iris Kam Sok Yee (MSc, UiS), Sindre Forsetløkken (BSc, UiS), Øystein Åsheim (Reservoir Engineer, Shell). Front left: Jeremy Mazzilli (SPE Stavanger), Vidar Strand (President, SPE Stavanger), Janeen Judah (President, SPE International), Karl Johnny Hersvik (CEO, Aker BP), Frode Indreeide (SPE Stavanger).

Øystein Åsheim (Reservoir Engineer, Shell) received the Young Engineer of the Year award for his contributions to improved understanding of the subsurface uncertainties of the Ormen Lange field. He has a degree from NTNU in Trondheim and holds an elected position at the local board of NPF Young.

Milad Khatibi (UiS), PhD of the Year
His current PhD research involves laser measurement and wellbore fluid dynamics. After working as a mechanical engineer at a methanol plant in Iran, Milad started his master degree at NTNU in 2011 and his doctorate degree at UiS in 2014. He is an intermediate level learner of Norwegian at the videregående skole in Bryne. Working as a PhD student at the university for the last three years, Milad possesses the rare combination of being a comprehensive and innovative researcher working on advanced equipment, while at the same time mastering numerical modeling, required theory and general duties as a PhD student. Milad is also very helpful to his fellow students.

Iris Kam Sok Yee (UiS), MSc Student of the Year
Iris came to Stavanger in 2015 and started her two years of petroleum engineering master studies with a drilling specialization. Before arriving in Norway, Iris worked as mechanical engineer for four years on developing production packers and other tools at Halliburton in Singapore and Texas. Earlier she had an internship as a procurement assistant at ExxonMobile. Iris is a top A-student while at the same time working with IRIS as part of the Visual Arena project and with the university as a petroleum engineering graduate teaching assistant. In her master level research she investigated how nanoparticles can be used to better design drilling and completion fluids. Iris receives strong recommendations from petroleum engineering faculty members.

Sindre Langås Forsetløkken (UiS), BSc Student of the Year
Sindre is a petroleum technology student who has achieved all A grades in his course work and he submitted his bachelor thesis last month. Sindre was part of the famous SPE PetroBowl team of 2016, earning the European championship for the Stavanger chapter! For the last three years he worked part time at the university as a mathematics and natural sciences mentor to inspire young people to choose this as a career. His student exchange semester took place in North Dakota and he has worked in India as an intern.



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