The overarching goal of ARCEx is to create new knowledge about the petroleum resources in the Arctic and to provide essential knowledge and methodology for eco-safe exploration. The Department of Geology at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) is the host institution for the research centre.
The research is carried out at 6 universities (UiT, NTNU, UiO, UiB, UNIS and UiS) and 4 research institutions (Akvaplan-niva, IRIS, NGU and Norut). ARCEx will educate and train highly competent candidates for the industry and academia within petroleum geology and environment, and the centre will recruit at least 27 PhD and postdoctoral fellows. The research results will lead to a minimum of 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Due to ARCEx, UiT has initiated a new Master’s specialization in petroleum geology the fall semester of 2015.
ARCEx is funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN project number 228107), 8 industry partners (Statoil, ENI, Det norske oljeselskap, Lundin, Tullow Oil, Engie (formerly GDF Suez), DONG Energy, and Shell), and by in-kind contributions. The total funding is approximately 230 MNOK, and the project duration is 8 years.