The role that innovation and collaboration will play in the future of the subsea sector is being highlighted by the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre at the Subsea expo this week in Aberdeen.
Technology innovations in the subsea field will play a critical role in addressing exploration and production challenges in the North Sea and further afield, including tackling the cost of production.
The OGIC innovation zone will feature:
- Subsea technology company Exnics which provides remote power solutions
- Hydrason Solutions which manufactures advanced sonar systems for underwater acoustic surveys
- The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics
- The University of Aberdeen, and
- The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)
The AFRC is a collaborative venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the UK Government and leading multinational engineering firms. The £35 million facility focuses on developing forming and forging technologies to support the development of high integrity components.
OGIC provides a single access point to the knowledge and capabilities of Scottish universities for the oil and gas industry. It can also part-fund and provide management support to projects with the potential to deliver technology solutions to the exploration, production and decommissioning challenges facing the UKCS.
Ian Phillips, Chief Executive, OGIC (pictured, left) said: “The subsea sector has been very successful in applying existing technology to the subsea environment and in commercialising near-to-market technology. These are strengths that will stand us in good stead for pushing forward with further innovation.
“We have to continue to look forward, leveraging as much of the support that is available for innovation to achieve progress. Times are challenging just now but the reality check resulting from this downturn may actually become a positive in that industry will be quicker to adopt new processes and new technologies in its pursuit of efficiency and smarter ways of working.
“The launch of the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) last year created a focal point for the sector’s innovation activity, bringing together industry, academic and research capabilities and government support.”
Meanwhile, Ashtead Technology is publishing a White Paper at Subsea Expo to demonstrate how a new approach to the installation and integrity management of subsea systems can significantly reduce risk and cost in subsea operations.
It has developed an advanced suite of integrated subsea monitoring and data systems to support critical aspects of construction and integrity management.
Ross MacLeod, business development director of Ashtead, said: “Traditional methods of installation, often delivered in isolation, pose considerable cost and safety risks as well as the need for bespoke solutions or custom-engineering on each project.
“ A step change in monitoring and data integration solutions is required to drive efficiencies, improve both operational and safety performance, whilst reducing cost and associated technical risk that could cause downtime and further cost escalation.