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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

pressure wells, common in Gulf of Mexico.To date their 10k pressure version of FIS has provided well stimulation for multiple campaigns in West Africa. The system has been proven to improve production, by stimulating the reservoir and increasing the ultimate recovery from existing subsea wells.Scottish Government minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP and David Rennie Scottish Enterprise’s head of Energy and Low Carbon Technologies, viewed Enpro’s FIS 15kpsi technology first-hand at Subsea Expo Tuesday, in Aberdeen.Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director

Left to right: Tony Laing, NSRI director of research and market acceleration and Andy McDonald, sector director, energy and low carbon technologies at Scottish Enterprise. (Photo: NSRI)

Wave and Tidal Challenges and Opportunities

tidal energy industries,” he said.“With our supportive policy environment, skilled supply chain and expertise in energy innovation, Scotland is the natural home for marine energy development and well placed to benefit from the enormous global market for wave and tidal energy.“The Scottish Government continues to support the research, development, innovation and demonstration that will maintain Scotland's competitive advantage, and is committed to working with the sector to find a way to ensure it receives the support which will enable it to flourish."The report also highlights

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The Underwater Centre Under New Ownership

Underwater Centre, welcomed the move, saying, “The center is of crucial importance to the North Sea industry as one of only two centers in Europe which provides closed bell diver training – a skill set which is vital to the North Sea sector.“We are delighted that the industry and Scottish Government have collaborated to ensure the future of the center. This genuinely positive collaboration will help to increase the value we can offer our customers and the entire industry in the future.“As a not-for-profit company, any surplus will be reinvested in improving quality and maintaining

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Kraken Wins Offshore Wind Energy Competition

for SeaVision 3D underwater laser imaging system   Kraken Robotics Inc. German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH, was named a winner in the Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) competition. The OWA is a collaborative R&D program funded by nine offshore wind developers and the Scottish Government to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy. Kraken Robotik was one of only four companies selected in the competition.   Kraken will receive hands-on mentoring and advice from the nine OWA industry partners, which collectively represent over 75 percent of the European offshore wind

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Sustainable Marine Energy’s Inshore Platform PLAT-I Powers Up

water required for launching and tow-out. PLAT-I was fabricated in Scotland by JBS Group in Peterhead between July and October. SME was supported by London Marine Consultants in aspects of the detailed design of the mooring turret and connection system. SME has received grant funding from the Scottish Government’s WATERS 3 program for the project. Following the testings PLAT-I will be disassembled and transported to South East Asia Following conclusion of testing at Connel in Scotland, PLAT-I will be disassembled and transported to South East Asia, where it will be delivered to

(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

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 £1.5 million ($1.85mln)  investment to support innovation, a key theme of the plan.   Scotland already accounts for around 14 per cent of the global

Turbulence Characterization Assessments for Tidal Power Sector

The consortium that delivered the Scottish Government funded Turbulence in Marine Environments (TiME) project has announced that they now offer a turbulence measurement and assessment service to the tidal power sector. Tidal races are the preferred sites of commercial energy extraction because these geographic areas are sites of amplified flow, which increases the energy density available for extraction. However, these sites are rarely uniform in width or depth, and they often have irregular seabed topography, creating highly turbulent tidal currents.   The recently completed TiME

Waverider buoy at sea (File photo: EMEC)

New Program Funds Open Sea Testing for Ocean Energy

; the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney as well as in Ireland, France and the Netherlands,” Wheelhouse continued.   “The €11 million FORESEA project is a tremendous achievement by EMEC and complements the innovative funding approaches for marine energy that the Scottish Government is already providing through Wave Energy Scotland, the Renewable Energy Investment Fund and our enterprise agencies. The Scottish Government is committed to developing a marine energy sector in Scotland and today’s announcement is a tremendous boost to the sector,” Wheelhouse said

Two Named to NSRI Board

already represents some of the best and most experienced minds in the subsea industry.” One of the most high profile members of the Scottish oil and gas industry and a champion for new technology development, Melfort Campbell is Chair of the Oil and Gas Expert Commission, set up by the Scottish Government and co-chair of Innovation Scotland Forum.  He is also involved in the Business Universities Task Force and a visiting Professor at Strathclyde University. His previous roles include Chair of the Board of Governors of the Robert Gordon University and a member of the PILOT steering group

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

Quay Contract Awarded at Lerwick Port

offshore industry operations. Dales Voe South is another value-added expansion and reflects our confidence in future activity, including ongoing subsea projects, particularly west of Shetland, and the developing decommissioning and offshore renewable markets.” As previously announced, the Scottish Government and agency, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, are providing £2.39 million in grant for the project, with Bank of Scotland supporting the Port Authority’s investment. Work will begin in April, with completion due in April 2016. At peak, BAM expects up to 40 people to be employed

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Will You Make the Most of North Sea Decommissioning?

.“ DNS chief executive, Nigel Jenkins looks forward to welcoming members and non-members along to the event. He believes that these events are instrumental is spreading the word of DNS’ capability as the era of decommissioning gathers momentum: “The recent Wood Review and Scottish Government Total Value Add report highlighted the strategic importance of decommissioning to the UK and European economy and stressed the need for game changing solutions to reduce decommissioning costs. DNS plays a leading role in accessing those solutions, because we are the only organization bringing

Nortek Signature500 AD2CP (Credit: Nortek)

Nortek Expands Partnership with GSE

, and address fundamental design, operation, installation, and yield issues. The Signature500 will be used in conjunction with other instrumentation by Partrac, for a Carbon Trust funded research project for the tidal energy industry called Turbulence in Marine Environments (TiME) under the Scottish Government's Marine Renewable Commercialization Fund (MRCF).  

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Scotland Site for World's Biggest Tidal Array

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 local community for decades to come. Energy Secretary Ed Davey said: “This innovative and exciting project

“Oil & Gas Industry at Critical Crossroads”

gas commission has determined that radical fiscal and regulatory change is an absolute necessity to ensure that the remaining hydrocarbons on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) are fully exploited in order to deliver the maximum economic contribution to the nation. The Commission, set up by the Scottish Government to inform the debate in advance of the referendum, was tasked with exploring how the total value of the whole industry can be maximised with an emphasis on ensuring the sustainable future of the UKCS. The recommendations in the report are intended to provide direction to Government in shaping

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Calegeo to Perform Survey Work for Moray OWF

kilometers, it will comprise up to 62 wind turbines with individual capacity of up to 8 MW. MORL, a joint venture between EDP Renewables (67%) and Repsol Nuevas Energias UK Limited (33%), recently received consent for the construction and operation of the 1.116 MW offshore wind farm from the Scottish Government, which was a “critical step not only in the delivery of this project, but in the development of offshore wind in deeper water, further from shore,” said João Manso Neto, CEO of EDP Renováveis.  

Fugro EMU to Prepare EIA for Aberdeen Harbor Expansion

and coordinating the terrestrial elements of the EIA. Aberdeen Harbour has links with over 39 countries worldwide, it is a vital support to Scotland’s oil and gas sector and is the main commercial port supporting the North East of Scotland. Classed as one of 14 projects considered by the Scottish Government to be of national importance within their 3rd National Planning Framework – Proposed Framework Document, the proposed expansion will see the construction of a modern, state-of-the-art harbour facility to meet the demands of the 21st century and to further support international trade

Marine Renewables Commercialization Project Funded

The Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced that the Scottish Government’s Marine Renewables Commercialization Fund (MRCF)Array Technology Innovation Program has made an award to a team of marine experts to undertake a research project on Turbulence in Marine Environments (TIME) for measuring and evaluating turbulent effects in tidal arrays in Scottish Waters. This MRCF project will be managed by the Carbon Trust. The team of U.K. experts are led by marine data acquisition company Partrac, with ABPmer undertaking resource characterization, Ocean Array Systems providing turbulence and

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