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#0166: Dare to Change

Gjest: Ragni Rørtveit

Graduate Engineer of Equinor

Med Vert Silvija Seres

In this episode of #LØRN, Silvija talks to Graduate Engineer in Equinor, Ragni Rørtveit, about shipping, carbon capture and storage (CCS), the technologies of the future, and the courage to change. In 2016, Rørtveit was one of eight young socially engaged voices who participated in the campaign "When good advice is young". There she shared her critical view of the oil and gas industry and challenged Equinor's Executive Vice President for the Norwegian continental shelf about the company's activities. Silvija seeks to get into her mind on how a young and forward-thinking woman in Equinor would describe the company and its culture, as well as the future of the oil and gas sector.
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Who are you and how did you become interested in energy technology?
I have always been interested in math and physics, and during my years at NTNU I also became fascinated with the shipping industry. I wanted to work with something tangible and large scale, and when I landed a job with Statoil, as it was called then, I was excited to get to combine the largest industry in the country with shipping.

What is your role at work?
Being part of the graduate programme, I shuffle around between roles. So I worked in technical ship management during my first year, and now I’m on shuttle tanker operations. We optimise the tankers delivering crude oil from the offshore fields to the market.

What are the most important concepts in energy technology?
I’m not exactly sure when it comes to energy technology in general. But I think the most important concept in shipping is understanding your market and your commodity, and then optimising the fleet to maximise value and minimise cost.

Why is this exciting?
Because it’s so simple, and yet so complex, and it’s an industry that deals with large sums, many cultures and unpredictability. This makes the challenges seemingly impossible to solve. But the market embraces good, commercially viable solutions, which means that disruptive technology can change the game completely.

What do you think are the most interesting controversies?
One of the major challenges facing the shipping industry is adapting to a low carbon future. It’s a global industry that entails a lot of stakeholders, making it a challenge to implement change. Additionally, the margins are slim, making it tough to be a first-mover and take the risk of testing new technologies. The vessels travel all over the world, so standardisation and cooperation are key. However, incentives vary considerably, so it’s tricky to gradually implement positive change while maintaining a level playing field.

What is your own favourite example of energy technology?
I am very interested in CCS and hydrogen as a fuel. Long-haul shipping requires vast amounts of energy, making conventional batteries unsuitable.

Is there anything we do particularly well in Norway in relation to energy technology?
In shipping we are frontrunners in new technology, particularly with respect to batteries and hybrids for ferries and shorter voyages. We are also good at optimising offshore vessels and providing redundancy.

What do you think is the most important takeaway from our conversation?
We must dare to look for the disruptive technologies.


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The climate challenges in the oil and gas sector

We have to be open to good ideas in the shipping industry, people come up with all these cool ideas all the time and we have to try to understand why this is a good solution. We in Equinor will not be the ones driving this change, but we must be adaptable and supportive. We must be part of the solution and change from an early stage because we have structures that allow us to test them.

- Ragni Rørtveit

This is Equinor

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