VISTA-stipendiat Chairmain Hamilton (t.h.) driver feltarbeid på Svalbard.
VISTA field work carried out on Svalbard.

VISTA – a unique collaboration financing basic research

VISTA is a basic research programme financed by Equinor, and carried out in close cooperation with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

VISTA was founded in 1985. The overall vision was to stimulate increased basic mathematical and natural science research related to the utilization and management of the nation's petroleum resources. All together more than 300 students got their degrees funded through the programme during it's first 35 years. In 2019 VISTA  was restructured into supporting basic research centres with a sustainable and low-carbon focus.

The goal of VISTA

The goal of VISTA is to build competence to meet the opportunities and challenges the transition to a low-carbon energy system brings, by supporting science that provides fundamental insight in:

  • Basin analysis, efficient resource identification and utilization, and unlocking new resources
  • Future development solutions
  • Sustainability, environment and low carbon solutions

Strategy 2020–2050

In a 2020–2050 perspective, fossil resources will remain an important contributor to global energy consumption. It is therefore imperative to lower the environmental footprint of fossil fuels production by:

  • Optimizing energy efficiency in all operations including field electrification
  • Developing CCS/CCUS technologies

Beyond 2050

In a perspective beyond 2050, a CO2 neutral society will require efficient energy storage and transport solutions to meet the intermittency of renewable energy sources, and to secure energy supply beyond the electricity grid.

See the VISTA home page for more information