Industry veteran Colette Cohen has been appointed as chief executive of the new Oil & Gas Technology Centre in Aberdeen.
Cohen has 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and was latterly senior vice -president for the UK and Netherlands with Centrica’s upstream business.
The OGTC is being set up with the aim of becoming the “go to” global centre for developing solutions to offshore mature basin, subsea and decommissioning technology challenges. Its clients and partners will be Tier-1 exploration companies, the Oil & Gas Authority, the Technology Leadership Board, the supply chain and local universities.
It will also stimulate supply-chain-led research and development through a Technology Accelerator with the potential to double the UK’s oil and gas supply chain exports from £16 billion to £32 billion over the next 10 years.
The OGTC is expected to secure £180 million of innovation funding from the Aberdeen City Deal, funded by the UK and Scottish Governments.
Sir Ian Wood, Chairman of the OGTC Board, said: “This is a transformational project for the oil and gas industry and Colette has the ideal combination of commitment, passion for technology, proven leadership abilities and knowledge of the industry to deliver results that will positively impact performance in the UKCS.
“With industry, government, academia and the public sector fully aligned on this project, our aim is to fundamentally change the oil and gas innovation landscape with a delivery mechanism that facilitates collaboration and accelerates the development and deployment of the technologies that addresses real industry challenges.”
Cohen will be responsible for agreeing the strategic direction, providing leadership to the organisation, setting the culture and delivering its vision. Key aspects of the role will be to ensure that the OGTC is a catalyst for creating strategic value, helps to deliver the MER agenda, and grows the domestic oil and gas supply chain in the UK and overseas.
She said: “The OGTC is an opportunity for the UK to differentiate itself within the oil and gas industry as a leader of technology development and deployment, with particular focus on mature assets, subsea and decommissioning.”
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The appointments of Ciara McGarry and Gavan Ward follow FOCUS’ acquisition of environmental legislative and corporate compliance consultancy Trilogy Environmental Solutions.