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The Hywind Scotland floating wind farm. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Statoil ASA)

World’s First Floating Wind Farm Starts Production

The world's first offshore floating wind farm has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid, providing power to approximately 20,000 households.   The 30MW Hywind Scotland wind farm, operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, was officially opened today by First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.   “This marks an exciting development for renewable energy in Scotland,” First Minister Sturgeon said. “Our support for floating offshore wind is testament to this government’s commitment to

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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

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

(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

£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 £1.5 million ($1.85mln)  investment to support innovation, a key theme of the plan.   Scotland already accounts for around 14 per cent of the global subsea market, comprising approximately 370 companies generating an estimated turnover of £7.5 billion ($9.2bln).  Supported predominantly by the oil and gas sector, with the right investment and support, the world-renowned skills

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

Hywind Scotland illustration (Image: Statoil)

Statoil Green Lights Floating Wind Farm Project

Statoil has made the final investment decision to build the world’s first floating wind farm: The Hywind pilot park offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The decision triggers investments of around NOK 2 billion, realizing a 60-70 percent cost reduction per MW from the Hywind demo project in Norway. Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead, harnessing Scottish wind resources to provide renewable energy to the mainland. The wind farm will power around 20,000 households. Production start is expected in

Xodus to Maximize Energy Connection Integrity for Mutual Energy

Support 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

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

Quay Contract Awarded at Lerwick Port

business unit of civil engineering 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

Scotland’s First Graduate Training Program for Divers

Scotland’s first graduate training program for divers has been launched by diver training facility The Underwater Center and Stork Technical Services (Stork), a global provider of knowledge-based integrity services for the oil and gas, chemical and power sectors. The Stork Dive Trainee Program is a three-year work-based training initiative, which will offer a number of newly qualified commercial divers the opportunity to step straight into a job within the oil and gas industry. The scheme highlights the increasingly close ties The Underwater Center enjoys with the sector, and is aimed at

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UK Offshore Energy Sector Needs Regulating, Says New Report

produced from the UK Continental Shelf, but production is declining. Improving the way the UK's offshore oil and gas industry is regulated could boost the economy by £200bn over the next 20 years, according to a new government-commmissioned report by retired oil tycoon Sir Ian Wood, reports BBC Scotland. The current regulator, which is situated within the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), is now significantly under resourced and far too thinly spread to effectively manage the increasingly complex business and operating environment, Sir Ian finds in his report. He pointed to

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Mooring Components Ordered for Floating Wind Park

Statoil has signed a contract with offshore chains and mooring systems supplier Vicinay Marine for the design, manufacture and deliver mooring components for the world’s first floating offshore wind park, the Hywind pilot park offshore Scotland. Under the terms of the deal, Vicinay Marine will provide the mooring chains and connectors for the Hywind project, to be delivered at place in Scotland with in 2016. The fabrication of the mooring system will take place at Vicinay Marine´s facilities in Sestao and Galdames in Spain. The 30MW pilot project will consist of five 6MW floating

ABS to Provide Verification Services for Offshore Wind Farm

ABS Group Ltd. has received a contract to provide third-party certification and design verification services for Hexicon AB for the planned Dounreay Tri Floating Offshore Wind Farm demonstrator project in Scotland.   The Dounreay 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

UK Subsea Strengthens Links with Burgeoning Asian Industry

anticipating investments of almost £12 billion in the region’s subsea capabilities and hardware over the next three years.  Scottish companies are ideally placed to provide Malaysia with higher levels of technology, improved safety standards and engineering expertise - areas in which Scotland excels – as well as grown the £9bn revenue for the sector. ”   Another emerging area the subsea sector is keen to promote is sensor technology which brings together Scotland’s expertise in sensor systems and subsea engineering.  During the two day Subsea Asia

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Scotland Site for World's Biggest Tidal Array

The world’s biggest tidal array is to be built in North Scotland bringing jobs and energy security to the Pentland Firth region, informs a UK Government news release. The Government has provided £10 million worth of grant funding to the Meygen project, which will provide enough electricity to power 175,000 homes and provide up to 100 jobs when fully completed. Other funders include the Scottish Government, and The Crown Estate. The £51m scheme could inspire further projects in the Pentland Firth - helping to provide clean, sustainable and secure energy and jobs for the

Bibby Offshore Sponsors Scottish Auto Racer

last year and is part of the Honda Yuasa Racing team. He currently holds the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Drivers’ championship title. Fresh from winning the last round in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton and Honda Yuasa’s next outing will take Gordon to Scotland for the Knockhill rounds on August 24 and 25. Gordon Shedden said, “I’m delighted to secure the support of Bibby Offshore, a successful business based in Scotland. They couldn’t be a more fitting partner for me, as it is a company which continually aims to be the best it can

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Fugro Completes EOWDC Work at Aberdeen Bay

Fugro informs it has completed offshore works undertaken in preparation for full construction of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) at Aberdeen Bay, Scotland.   The geotechnical site investigation took place at 11 turbine locations to assess the seabed, with the data acquired being used to inform the final design and micro-siting of the turbine foundations. Full offshore construction is scheduled to start in late 2017 or early 2018, after an investment decision later this year.   Fugro’s dynamically-positioned 78-meter geotechnical drilling vessel, the Bucentaur

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