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From left: Kathy Shannon, the Petroleum Museum; Jason McFarland, IADC; Dianne Allen, Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Center; Sandra Mourton, Offshore Energy Center; Paul Bernhard, Houston Museum of Natural Science; Finn Krogh, Norwegian Petroleum Museum; Gulnara Agayeva, Caspian Energy Centre; Seth Green, International Petroleum Museum & Exposition; and Martin Salesch, Deutsches Erdölmuseum Wietze.

Stavanger, a critical operations base for Norway’s buzzing drilling industry, was the host city for the third gathering of IADC’s International Forum of Energy Centres and Museums (IFECM) on 16-17 June. Delegates from eight energy centers representing five countries – Azerbaijan, Canada, Germany, Norway and the United States – convened at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum to share ideas on improving public perception of the drilling industry.

Participants discussed ongoing projects, as well as possible future collaborative efforts such as the digitization/preservation of historical oilfield documents. However, the central theme of the forum remained public outreach, and the group shared ideas such as brown-bag lunches, career days, discovery days, “pre-visit packs” and family activity days.

Norwegian Petroleum Museum hosts meeting of IADC International Forum of Energy Centres and Museums

Norwegian Petroleum Museum

The Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger was the host of the latest IFECM meeting in June. Source: Espen Groenli/NOM

In the end, the group decided that its next project would be to produce an educational short film, as that was seen as the most versatile medium to educate the public.

The film, to be 12- to 15-minutes in length, will provide an overview of the energy industry with an emphasis on oil and gas drilling. It will target an audience with at least a 5th-grade educational level. “Ideally, the video will be easily understood by children and entertaining for adults as well,” said IADC vice president – membership and publications Jason McFarland, who represented IADC at the meeting.

The film will be featured in energy centres and museums around the world and will be made available to teachers for use in classrooms. Production cost is estimated to be $100,000 to $500,000, and the IFECM group plans to reach out to energy companies for industry funding.

The mission of IFECM is to collaborate and share ideas on educational programs that will better engage and educate the public, ultimately improving public understanding of the petroleum industry and its role – past, present and future. IADC started the forum in 2006, with an inaugural meeting in Amsterdam in February 2006. A second meeting was held in March 2007 at the Wiess Energy Center in Houston and the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum in Galveston.

For more information about IFECM, please contact Jason McFarland at +1-713-292-1945 (jason.mcfarland@iadc.org).

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