Northern Scotland News

MMT's survey and ROV vessel Franklin (Photo: MMT)

MMT Contracted for Pre-lay and UXO Survey

MMT informs it has been contracted by ABB to perform a pre-lay and UXO survey for a cable laying project between Caithness and Moray in northern Scotland.  ABB will provide the Caithness-Moray high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission link, which will connect the electricity grid on either side of the Moray Firth in northern Scotland.    The survey work that MMT has been contracted is to ensure the route is clear from obstructions, UXO, pockmarks, boulders etc. that may affect and interfere with cable laying operations. The marine cable route length between Portgordon

ABS to Provide Verification Services for Offshore Wind Farm

Tri Project, expected to be operational in 2018, is being developed by Hexicon and its partners to pilot a novel floating foundation design for offshore wind. When completed, the project will consist of two wind turbines, up to 6 MW each, mounted on Hexicon's platform that will be located offshore northern Scotland. According to Hexicon, the platforms allow wind turbines to be deployed efficiently in remote areas where winds are stronger and more stable and the platforms are not limited by water depth. Wind energy parks can therefore be operational out of sight and in areas where the environmental impact

Olympic Ares (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Olympic Ares Undertaking Renewables Contract in Northern Scotland

Bibby Offshore, a services provider to the subsea industry, has announced the Olympic Ares is currently being utilized to install a tidal energy turbine in the Pentland Firth, Northern Scotland.   The Olympic Ares, which is equipped with a 250te AHC Knuckle Boom crane, was selected for its excellent seakeeping ability to work in challenging conditions. Bibby Offshore’s owned and operated ROVs will also be utilized on the project.   Barry MacLeod, Managing Director, UKCS, Bibby Offshore, commented, “We continue to expand our credentials in the renewables sector, an area

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Liquid Robotics, Boeing Demonstrate Warfare Capabilities

Liquid Robotics and Boeing have for the first time used a network of persistent unmanned surface vehicles (USV) to detect, report and track a live submarine in a naval demonstration.    Four Sensor Hosting Autonomous Remote Craft (SHARC) were deployed off the coast of Northern Scotland during the British Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 2016 demonstration. The autonomous surface vehicles used advanced Boeing acoustic sensors in the live anti-submarine warfare (ASW) mission.    Over the two-week demonstration, the SHARCs detected and tracked an advancing unmanned underwater

Atlantis AR1500 (Photo: SCHOTTEL  HYDRO)

Schottel Hydro Equipment for Tidal Energy Project

HYDRO will deliver the hub in early 2016, and the installation of the AR1500 is planned for later the same year. A landmark for the tidal energy industry MeyGen, owned by tidal power pioneer Atlantis Resources, is located in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth, a strait upstream of northern Scotland, with strong tidal currents. In addition to turbine installations, the first project phase also includes the construction of the onshore infrastructure to support the project. Each turbine will have its own connection to shore by cables running in horizontal directional drilled bores through

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VisualSoft Selected for Cable-laying Vessel NKT Victoria

1,600m2 of deck space and two large offshore cranes. The high capacity cable lay system features a battery energy storage system to assist the cable loading in the event of failure of the shore power used during loading.   The Caithness Moray High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) project in Northern Scotland is the largest investment in north Scotland’s electricity network since the hydro development era of the 1950s. It will see the electricity grid on either side of the Moray Firth connected via a new submarine cable capable of carrying up to 1,200 megawatts of electricity, equivalent to

Xodus to Maximize Energy Connection Integrity for Mutual Energy

Framework Agreement to provide marine services for Interconnector Services Limited (ISL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mutual Energy. Xodus will manage the procurement of a survey contractor in order to perform survey investigations on the power cable and pipeline networks connecting Scotland and Northern Ireland. The aim is to assess and maximize the asset integrity of the two systems and refine inspection techniques and emergency response procedures as appropriate and dependent upon survey findings. The Moyle Interconnector is a 250kV (500MW) two cable HVDC system linking the electricity grids

Tracking the UK’s Carbon from Soil to Sea

fertility of soils as well as potentially adding to man-made emissions to the atmosphere   Soils across the globe contain about four times as much carbon as the fossil fuels, which to date have entered the atmosphere via combustion. This pool of carbon is greatest at high latitudes, such as northern Scotland. Each year some of this carbon leaches into rivers and streams, gradually increasing the concentration of dissolved carbon in rivers in parts of Britain and Europe. A good understanding of where this movement is happening at present does not currently exist, with historical estimates showing

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CPC: La Niña Chances at 65-75%

A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday said La Niña conditions are predicted to continue through the Northern Hemisphere winter 2017-18. The Climate Prediction Center (CPC), an agency of the National Weather Service, in a monthly forecast pegged the chance of La Niña developing at about 65 percent to 75 percent. The agency in its October advisory had projected a 55 percent to 65 percent chance of the phenomenon developing during the Northern Hemisphere's fall and winter. "La Niña is likely to affect temperature and precipitation across the United States

Multi-user, deep-water extension to service subsea projects and decommissioning.

Quay Contract Awarded at Lerwick Port

contractor BAM Nuttall as main contractor for an £11.95 million investment to lengthen the quay to 130 metres. Part of the Dutch construction group Royal BAM, BAM Nuttall specialises in complex marine construction, with a strong track record working around Scotland and on the Western and Northern Isles. Lerwick has been servicing the offshore industry for over 50 years and now also has an established reputation as a location for decommissioning. The extended quay will provide deep-water, versatile berthing and heavy load capacity to take an offshore structure in a single lift, with a

Prysmian Contracted for Ireland Underwater Power Link

. The vessel is currently undergoing upgrade works to be converted from a moored cable laying barge to a DP2 ship that will allow the vessel to operate autonomously without the need of tugs during cable operations. Project completion is scheduled in early 2016. Prysmian is particularly active in Northern Europe, namely in the entire Northern Sea region. The group can call on full expertise in offshore wind farm connections and interconnectors and an extended ability to offer turnkey products and services (including design, manufacture and installation) to better serve Northern Europe’s growing

Howard Woodcock (Photo courtesy of Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Scoops Two Business Awards

Bibby Offshore, a provider of subsea installation, inspection, repair and maintenance services to the offshore oil and gas industry, has been recognized at the 2014 Northern Star Business Awards winning in the categories Commitment to People Development and Outstanding Contribution to the Energy Sector. The awards were announced September 25 at the AECC. The Commitment to People Development award recognizes the company that has shown the most commitment to developing its staff through skills and personal development, investment and achievement programs and outcomes. The Outstanding Contribution

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L&N Scotland Introduces Synthesis System to Subsea Market

Specialist subsea manufacturer, L&N Scotland has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of its named Synthesis system. In accordance with the company’s review and development program, L&N Scotland has introduced its latest product and service offering to combat the current constraints faced by subsea operators during product integration stages. By definition Synthesis is the combination of components or elements to form a connected whole. The new system, designed and developed by L&N Scotland, showcases a significant advancement in the application of small-bored tubing

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Scottish $2.6 Bln Offshore Wind Project Green Lighted

The developer of a 2 billion pound ($2.6 billion) Scottish offshore wind power project said on Wednesday it had won a two-year court battle with a bird charity over plans for the site.   Scottish ministers in 2014 approved plans to build the 450-megawatt Neart na Gaoithe wind farm, off Scotland’s east coast. The project had been held up, however, by a legal challenge from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which said it could cause the death of hundreds of native birds.   Mainstream Renewable Power, the developer, said the decision in Scotland's Court of Session

(left to right): Ian Donald, managing director of Enpro Subsea, Anke Heggie, company growth director (oil & gas) from Scottish Enterprise and Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP. (Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Subsea Drives $1.8mln into Flow Assurance Project

Enpro Subsea has announced a research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise which will see the firm investing £1.5million ($1.85mln) to develop its flow assurance technology further to address emerging markets in deeper waters.   The news came as Scottish Enterprise revealed a new Subsea Engineering Action Plan with the aim of capturing an even bigger slice of the current £50 billion ($61.5bln) global subsea market. Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, visited oil and gas firm, Enpro Subsea Ltd to announce its new £1.

Mike Loggie (Photo: Saltire)

Saltire Energy CEO Honored for Entrepreneurial Spirit

Mike Loggie, Chief Executive of Saltire Energy, a supplier of drilling tools to the offshore oil and gas industry, has been announced as the overall winner of the EY Scotland Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards 2015.   Winners were announced at a black tie ceremony at Gleneagles Hotel on Thursday, June 25. Loggie was chosen from among 25 Scottish business leaders to claim the top accolade, and will go onto represent Scotland at the EY UK Entrepreneur Of The Year final in October 2015.   Koggie established Saltire Energy in 1986 and has since grown the company into a group of three subsidiaries

Doug Whyte, managing director Photo Hydro Group

Hydro Group Shortlisted for Made in Scotland Awards

Aberdeen-headquarted, Hydro Group plc is recognised as a finalist at the 2016 Made in Scotland Awards for the categories Manufacturer of the Year and Exporter of the Year.   The subsea cable and connector specialist is at the forefront in the development and innovation of subsea product technologies, with involvement from prototype concept through to design, manufacture and project management.   The company has been named as a finalist for the Manufacturer of the Year as a result of its continued, and outstanding manufacturing efforts. From its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities

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