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

Posted on 14 July 2008

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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