Northern Scotland News

Maneuvering the Subsea Power Hub over the pier for the first system wet trial. (Photo: Nortek)

Tidal Power for Seabed Oil and Gas Installations

to fossil-fuel projects, whose developers are keen to show they are making their operations as green as possible.Successful testA prototype Power Hub, using one turbine, completed a successful eight-month sea trial in December 2017 at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in the Orkney Islands, northern Scotland. EC-OG is now refining the system to match the requirements of oil and gas field developers. These include having two or more turbines and differing battery sizes depending on site requirements.The device being lowered to the deck of the Leask Marine C-Odyssey workboat, in preparation for installati

A submarine glider, owned by Blue Ocean Monitoring, prepares for its first dive after being deployed off Orkney (Photo: NOC)

Marine Robots Detect Whales in the Deep Ocean

 A fleet of marine robots built and operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and its partners has detected whales and porpoises and recorded the sounds they make in a survey of the deep ocean off northern Scotland.   In the summer of 2017 a fleet of 11 autonomous marine robots was deployed to explore the seas northwest of the Orkney Islands in search of marine mammals and sources of manmade noise pollution. The mission was part of an annual series of marine robot trials coordinated by the NOC in partnership with 16 organizations representing U.K. government, research and industry.

Photo: Forum Energy Technologies

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

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

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

(Photo: Liquid Robotics)

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

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

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

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

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