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REF NO.: 57

SUBJECT: Speaking of Engineering to provide in-depth overview of subsea processing technology and application

DATE: Oct. 31

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador will present a Speaking of Engineering public lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Speaking of Engineering is an annual event that features well-known accomplished professionals from the engineering field discussing matters of importance to the engineering profession. The guest speaker at the Nov. 2 event will be Roald Sirevaag, vice-president, subsea technology and diving, Statoil.
The general public and members of the media are invited to attend the lecture, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Bruneau lecture hall (EN-2006) in the S.J. Carew building on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University.
“Mr. Sirevaag works out of Statoil’s main office in Norway and will be able to provide insight into subsea processing – adding value through separation, water injection, oil boosting and gas compression,” said Dr. Ramachandran Venkatesan, dean pro tempore, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science . 
“Our students will benefit greatly by hearing from a leading researcher in this field and will be able to ask Mr. Sirevaag direct questions at the conclusion of his lecture.”
For close to 25 years, Mr. Sirevaag has been a leading researcher in early phase field development and subsea project execution and operation. 
He heads four departments with Statoil: one establishing the subsea field layout and solutions for new developments; one unit having specialists within the subsea disciplines providing assistance and advice to projects and operations; one performing subsea modifications to the fields in operations; and as another providing diving expertise to all operations in the company.
He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his lecture on Nov. 2, as well as the knowledge and understanding that comes with working for a leading energy company in oil and gas production, according to Dr. Venkatesan.
“Statoil is a major global energy company with operations in 34 countries, including Canada and the United States. We are honoured to have a representative of such a respected organization address our students, faculty and staff and want to thank Mr. Sirevaag for coming to Memorial to take part in Speaking of Engineering,” said Dr. Venkatesan. “Statoil has 20,000 employees worldwide and has more than 35 years of experience in oil and gas production. It is also the world’s largest operator in waters deeper than 100 metres.”
Speaking of Engineering is hosted twice during each fall semester and twice during each winter semester by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador.
A reception will follow the Nov. 2 event in the main lobby of the S.J. Carew building. Admission is free and parking is available in lot 16.

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