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Sonomatic Expands in Aberdeen

at The Core, Bridge of Don, bringing the total number of bays available to five.Sonomatic, a provider of advanced and conventional NDT inspections, engineering, integrity and rope access services, said the buildout is in response to an increased demand for its NDT inspection services in the northeast of Scotland.The expansion comes three years after the company built a new multi-disciplined facility covering the entire range of NDT Inspections, housing three radiography, one hydro testing bay and the ability to perform heat-treatment on client’s equipment. The expanded NDT facility will house five

Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind turbines. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Equinor)

Equinor Lines Up Floating Wind in S.Korea

within offshore wind," said Equinor Senior Vice President Stephen Bull."We are pleased to sign a memorandum of understanding with KNOC to strengthen our collaboration."Equinor has built and is operating the world's first commercial floating offshore wind farm - Hywind - off Scotland, where its five turbines have total capacity of 30 MW.Floating turbines are considered the next step in conquering wind resources in deep coastal waters where fixed turbines cannot be built, such as Japanese waters or off the coast of California.Equinor on Thursday said it has submitted a bid to

Scottish Government minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP with Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director (Photo: Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Testing New FIS Technology

with a view to subsea testing this year. Projects like these are a fantastic example of how our support can make a difference to a company. Support for R&D is a key element of our subsea engineering action plan, with innovation support highlighted as a key priority. Subsea engineering is one of Scotland’s true global strengths and projects like this can only help reinforce that position.”Together with its other key technology, FAM, the company provides operators flexibility development strategy throughout the life of field of its assets by enabling production enhancing technologies

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C-Enduro Delivered to Royal Navy

form part of a future capability to be delivered by the MHC program,” said Alex du Pre, MHC Team Lead at Defense Equipment and Support.This project marks the fourth delivery of a C-Enduro vessel, and previous successful missions include an 11-day over-the-horizon marine science mission north of Scotland for the National Oceanography Center

Largescale pipe ready for dispatch by rail from Liberty Pipes, Hartlepool (Photo: Liberty)

Liberty Wins North Sea Pipe Contract

and relaunched by Liberty, part of Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance, in late 2017, have just begun making the first batch of a total order for 12,000 metric tons of 24” steel pipe from global engineers Subsea7, that will be used in the Shell Shearwater gas field over 200 miles off the coast of Scotland.Over the next few months workers at Hartlepool will make around 22 miles of heavy-duty pipe that will lie 90 meters under the sea, helping channel millions of cubic meters of gas each day to the huge St Fergus onshore terminal in Aberdeenshire.This order, along with the Subsea7 contract to provide

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Barclays Rejects Arctic Drilling

expect such project finance proposals to meet our criteria.”The announcement from Barclays is the latest in a series of major financial institutions rejecting drilling in the Arctic. Some of the world’s largest banks have made similar commitments, including HSBC, BNP Paribas, Royal Bank of Scotland, Societe Generale, and others.Recently leaders from the Gwich’in Steering Committee and the Sierra Club have met with representatives from Barclays to discuss the threats fossil fuel operations pose to the Arctic Refuge and why action by the financial industry is necessary, said Sierra Club

Jean Morrison (Photo: AREG)

AREG Membership on the Rise

Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen bay. AREG played an integral part to getting this project off the ground and eventually sold its 25 percent stake in the wind farm to the Swedish energy group in 2016.Jean Morrison, chair of AREG, said, “It is an exciting period for the renewables industry in Scotland and around the world. We’ve seen Scotland producing enough green energy to power the equivalent of five million homes, and both the EOWDC and Hywind are now generating power off the North-east coast.“It’s been a rapid period of growth for the sector and with more and more companies

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World's First Floating Wind Turbine Gets New Life

wind since it came into operation 10 years ago. The fact that the turbine will continue to be used for innovation is also valuable for Equinor. Floating offshore wind will be a significant source of energy in the future and we will also test this in full-scale at our floating offshore wind farm in Scotland,” says Beate Myking, Director of Operations in New Energy Solutions at Equinor.In 2018, Unitech, with partners, was awarded “Sustainable Energy Norwegian Catapult Center” and “Arena Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster” status which will be important arenas for the development

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Floating Wind Turbine Installed at Kincardine

Contracted by the Spanish construction group Cobra, Bourbon Subsea Services completed the installation of the first wind turbine at Cobra Wind’s Kincardine site, Scotland, off the coast of Aberdeen this summer.For Bourbon Subsea Services the delivery of the operational scope included towing the floater to Dundee, prelaying the four-leg mooring system and installing the fully assembled wind turbine on site, was optimized by taking advantage of the local supply chain.Bourbon project management team worked in close collaboration with the main contractor, Cobra Wind, the designer of the semi-submersib

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

Tidal Power for Seabed Oil and Gas Installations

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 installation

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Hydro Group Expands

aerospace and renewable energy industries.With a strong track record of international expansion in both Asia and the Americas, Hydro Group is continuing to identify local experts and new markets globally for its suite of subsea connectivity solutions.From its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Scotland, Hydro Group develops the complete subsea electrical and optical interconnect package, built to withstand the harshest environmental conditions.Hydro Group employs more than 100 full time staff in Scotland, Singapore and the USA, providing total solutions to a portfolio of prime contractors, major

David Millar, Director TechX Program, The Oil & Gas Technology Center

TechX: Pioneering and Accelerating

back. What’s more, the developers retain all intellectual property.From artificial intelligence-based data analytics, to cutting-edge scientific materials technology, each of the 10 finalists have developed unique and exciting technology offerings. While the majority hailed from the North East of Scotland, two came from London and one from Italy.Of these 10 companies, seven have secured 14 different field trial opportunities with major operators in the North Sea – a 70 percent success rate. An astonishing statistic, considering many of these companies didn’t exist 18 months ago.Historically

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Schottel Merges Tidal Units to Sustainable Marine Energy

Energy (SME), including UK subsidiary TidalStream Ltd and Canadian subsidiary Black Rock Tidal Power Inc (BRTP)."Following the successful collaboration between SME, Schottel Hydro and Black Rock Tidal Power to develop and demonstrate the PLAT-I floating tidal energy system, with deployments in Scotland and in Canada, Schottel has made a strategic decision to merge its tidal energy businesses into SME," said a press statement from Sustainable Marine Energy.The provider of tidal energy technology anchor solutions for marine current turbines said that  Schottel  has transferred all

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Waters West of Europe Drive Ocean Overturning

that return southward through the Iceland and Irminger basins. In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, the study shows that most of the conversion from warm to cold water—or ‘overturning’ and its month-to-month variability—is occurring in regions between Greenland and Scotland, rather than in the Labrador Sea off Canada, as many past modeling studies have suggested.Overturning variability in this northeastern section of the North Atlantic was seven times greater than in the Labrador Sea, and it accounted for 88 percent of the total variance documented across the entire

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3D at Depth Expands

hub located in a globally central time zone to enable better customer support with faster more efficient regional responsiveness.The company also recruited industry professional Ian Ellis to manage the Aberdeen and Scandinavian customer base from the Kingswells office located just outside of Aberdeen, Scotland. Ellis brings a wealth of experience with a career that spans over 21 years’ in the offshore oil and gas industry. Over this period, he has held onshore and offshore positions with Subsea 7, UTEC Survey, Nautronix and latterly Proserv where he acted as the Survey Operations Manager. His expertise

Wave Energy Converter at PLOCAN; UNDIGEN project. Source WEDGE GLOBAL S.L. PLOCAN

Blue-Gift to Implement Marine Power Project

The European Marine Energy Center (Emec) in Orkney, Scotland, will lead a project to support the development of wave and tidal power in coastal areas of north-west Europe.The project has been approved by Interreg Atlantic Area which will support ocean energy demonstration throughout the Atlantic Arc.The 36-month Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project will implement a coordinated ocean energy technology demonstration program that encourages longer term demonstration and technology de-risking across the Atlantic Arc regions.Blue-GIFT will leverage the skills, processes and expertise

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WindFloat Chosen for Kincardine Wind Farm

First power from the floating wind farm project offshore Kincardineshire, Scotland began flowing in September, clearing the way for the full 50 MW build-out of the project by 2020, Kincardine Offshore Windfarm Ltd. (KOWL) confirmed.Principle Power said its WindFloat floating wind turbine foundation has been chosen for the project.Joao Metelo, Principle Power’s CEO, said, “Once complete, KOWL will be the world’s largest floating wind farm, achieving another major milestone for the industry. We’re very pleased that WindFloats have been chosen and are excited about the project.

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