Scotland News

Flowline Specialists' new CEO, Ross Whittingham (Photo: Flowline Specialists)

Flowline Specialists Names Whittingham CEO

Scotland-based energy equipment manufacturer and service provider Flowline Specialists announced changes to its senior management team, including the appointments of Ross Whittingham as CEO and Graeme Chalmers as COO.Whittingham, who was previously the firm’s engineering manager, has been with Flowline Specialists for 10 years. The new CEO will lead Flowline Specialists alongside the firm’s existing senior management team, which includes group operations manager and now COO Chalmers – who is based in Dubai and leads the firm’s Middle East division Flowline Specialists DMCC

WFS Technologies’ Riser Monitoring system (Image: WFS Technologies)

WFS Unveils Riser Monitoring System

and braces.The new Seatooth Assure Riser Monitor products allow for the measurement of 9-axis motion (vibration, orientation), local analytics and the reporting of real-time information through the water-air boundary with WFS’ patented Seatooth technology; a first of its kind for the industry, the Scotland-based subsea technology company said.Seatooth communicates through the water-air boundary removing the need for traditional dunkers.WFS founder and CEO Brendan Hyland said the Seatooth Assure Riser Monitor provides operators with real time, actionable information on riser condition in all operating

Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

that conflict with maritime traffic routes.”Floating platforms are not yet in widespread use.  However, wind energy companies believe these platforms, in various configurations, are on the cusp of being market ready.There is one project – called Hywind, built by Equinor – in Scotland using platforms; it’s small, just five turbines.  Equinor is one of the companies which responded to BOEM’s Call. Equinor writes that it will utilize the “competence, lessons learned, and experiences gained from these Hywind projects in the development of larger scale floating

Dan Scoville (Photo: OceanGate)

OceanGate Hires Scoville

located in Houston, TX. In his most recent position as Global Manager of Subsea Inspection and Global Service Line Manager Drill Support, he was responsible for providing subsea inspection services to clients and all profit and loss for the global business including responsibility for offices in Scotland, Norway and Texas. Prior to his inspection role, he held management level positions at Oceaneering’s Deepwater Technical Solutions Group, and Hydroacoustics Inc.Scoville holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has personally discovered

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UK Govt Backs Aberdeen Subsea Engineering Hub

Business Minister Andrew Stephenson said, "As the UK continues to transition towards a low-carbon economy, the Global Underwater Engineering Hub can help the region rise to the challenge of this transition, helping to anchor the UK’s expert engineering supply chain here in the north east of Scotland."It will build on the UK’s position as a world-leader in underwater technology and skills, which can be exported around the globe in growing sectors like renewables and decommissioning."The UK, which already claims a 40% share of the global market in underwater engineering, will

The North Sea is currently home to approximately 11,000 oil and gas wells with 2,379 expected to be decommissioned over the next 10 years. (Photo: Heriot-Watt University)

Partners Find a New Way to Detect Well leaks

in the sector, OGIC continues to actively engage with those companies that see the benefit of investing in these important niche market technologies. A continued investment and collaboration in these projects is not only vital for the future of the sector, but also vitally important to maintain Scotland’s lead in innovative technologies for the oil and gas sector - both in the UK and globally.&rdquo

Balmoral’s senior test technician, Mike Royl, and Michael Oswald of the University of St Andrews (Photo: Balmoral)

Subsea Monitoring Equipment Put to the Test

;Although it’s not generally recognized, we carry out many different types of tests from outwith the oil and gas arena and work closely with the academic, defense and oceanographic sectors.”MeyGen is developing the tidal stream project of up to 398 megawatts which lies 2 kilometers from Scotland’s north-east tip. To the north of the site is the uninhabited island of Stroma which creates a natural channel with the mainland to accelerate millions of tonnes of water flowing between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean every day.This site was originally identified in 2007 following a

Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

;the Tesla” of offshore power cables.The timing is right for a new Tesla of that type. While Unitech delivers cost savings and Waagen’s Test Center attracts wind-power entrepreneurs, floating or marine wind power continues to grow. Since Equinor’s launch of a HyWind pilot at Peterhead, Scotland, offshore wind has surged, led by floating wind. Now, Equinor sees marine wind growing to 12,000 MW of installed power by 2030 from less than 500 MW today. It’s in vogue, and new floating turbine designs are being developed by fixed-wind heavyweights and floating-wind newcomers alike.Unitech

(Image: WFS Technologies)

New Subsea Wireless IP Camera Technology

Next generation subsea technology deployed for the first time in the North Sea has helped to improve safety and reduce costcfor an offshore oil and gas project, said Scotland based WFS Technologies.The firms's new cutting-edge computing and subsea wireless IP camera technology deployed on a pipeline construction project enhanced diver safety and generated significant cost savings by avoiding the need for additional subsea vessels, it said.The work was undertaken for a new subsea pipeline which was recently installed and was necessary to bypass a platform being decommissioned. As part of the final

(Photo: XOCEAN)

Unmanned Vessels Map UK Nearshore

4DOcean and XOCEAN announced the completion of over 2,000 hours of unmanned bathymetric survey off the coasts of Scotland and England as part of the UK’s Lot 2 Civil Hydrography Program (CHP), administered by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) subcontracted by Meritaito.Operating two different unmanned vessels, 4DOcean and XOCEAN completed surveys of multiple nearshore locations between December 2018 and March 2019.The use of unmanned vessels offers significant benefits including safety with operators remaining onshore, efficiency with 24/7 operations and environmental with ultra-low

(Illustration: Equinor)

DNV GL To Perform Hywind Tampen Study

to supply power to oil platforms is a challenging and innovative project with far-reaching benefits to both the oil and gas and renewables industries, and to combating climate change. Having been involved in floating wind for many years now, including as verification body on Equinor’s Hywind Scotland project, we’re excited to impart our expertise further on Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project,” commented Prajeev Rasiah, Executive Vice President, Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL - Energy.(Illustration: Equinor

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