Wood Group students help support N. Sea Subsea commercialisation and corporate match-making drive

Wood Group students Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth
Wood Group students Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth

Two engineers from Wood Group have supported the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) in its drive to speed up the development and implementation of near-market technologies in the subsea sector.

Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, who are both working towards becoming Chartered Engineers, beat off competition from a number of hopefuls who applied to join NSRI on a 12-month secondment last year.

Over the past year, they have carried out a number of engineering studies in a bid to widen the remit of NSRI’s initial oil and gas focus. Jamie was tasked with exploring the opportunities in offshore renewables for UK supply chain companies, while Christer focused on the potential and economic viability of deep sea mining; two sectors which offer immediate diversification opportunities for the subsea supply chain.

They also developed NSRI’s Matchmaker database, a resource which aims to partner end users with technology researchers and developers in the renewables sector as well as the growing subsea mining community. The Matchmaker resource is a starting point on which NSRI will build to ensure that it truly represents the entire industry and relevant research organisations, providing the best and most relevant contacts and collaborations needed to progress the development of new technology.

As the technology arm of industry body Subsea UK, NSRI is the focal point for subsea research and development, bringing together industry, developers and academia to collaborate effectively to fast-track the introduction of new technology which and help the UK maintain its global position.

Gordon Drummond, project director for NSRI, said: “Jamie and Christer are both extremely passionate about the subsea industry and understand the important role that technology will play in prolonging the life of the sector. They are great ambassadors for the industry and have proved that if you give people the tools and support to solve a wide variety of challenges, they will excel.

Bob MacDonald, Chief Executive, Wood Group’s Specialist Technical Solutions business said: “We are delighted these students have used their energy, experience and expertise to support the NSRI in further developing new opportunities and innovations for the subsea sector and in particular its supply chain.

“The research and development Jamie and Christer have achieved will play a part in helping to enhance the industry’s future prospects and solve its challenges. We are proud as a company to collaborate with NSRI and remain committed to working in partnership with them, to support the subsea sector as it continues to adapt, diversity and advance.”

Meanwhile, Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy – the minnow oil explorer focused on Africa – has drilled its ninth successful well in Senegal in three years.

The company hopes to get approval from the Senegal government for its production plan next year.

  • Also in Edinburgh, Professor Eric Mackay of Heriot-Watt University’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering has been awarded the 2017 North Sea Regional Award for Productions and Operations from the Aberdeen branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


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