'The unexpected oil change'

We are honoured by the feature in Aftenposten A-Magasinet last weekend about the Somalia water project and our team. It is motivating us even more when the importance of our work is recognized!

Aftenposten

'Half her staff is coming from the oil industry, now they use their knowledge to find drinking water for the world's thirsty',

reads the first line of the article. Aftenposten came by at our office to talk about the deep groundwater project we are currently doing in Somalia (add link). They were particularly interested to hear about why so many of our employees who started their career in the oil industry, are now using their knowledge and competence to find water instead.

‘I don’t want to talk down oil. Without it we would still burn coal and kill whales to get oil. But now I can use my competence to find something there is actually a shortage of and that feels meaningful’ says Elizabeth.

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Part of the Ruden team - Foto Stein J. Bjørge/Aftenposten

Also, some of our most important partners are giving their view on the project and our collaboration; SWALIM, the Norwegian Embassy in Kenya and Schlumberger.

'The potential of Ruden's deep groundwater project in Somalia is very significant, thanks also to a team with multifaceted skills, encompassing hydrology, geology, geophysics, hydrogeology as well as petroleum engineering. Over 80% of the country depends on groundwater for domestic supply, but with recurrent droughts as a result of climate change, the majority of the shallow groundwater sources dries up at critical times leading to recurrent and large-scale humanitarian emergencies. Tapping into the more reliable deep groundwater aquifers can potentially ensure constant water supply to the country, if well-managed.' says Ugo Leonardi, technical advisor in SWALIM.

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Fridtjov and Helene Ruden - Foto Stein J. Bjørge/Aftenposten

Read the full article here (for members of Aftenposten):

Det overraskende oljeskiftet (aftenposten.no)


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