Scottish Government News

The Aptara TOTEX-lite subsea system features lightweight, modular subsea technologies that are designed to reduce lead times for equipment delivery as well as total cost of ownership for the full life of the field. (Image: BHGE)

BHGE Opens Subsea Center of Excellence

opened on Tuesday during an inauguration ceremony with Scottish Minister for Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, as well as BHGE customers and employees. The expansion represents a £31 million ($39.2 million) investment by BHGE and was supported by a £4.9 million ($6.2 million) grant from the Scottish government, through Scottish Enterprise.According to BHGE, the campus enables it to offer product innovation from design to delivery from one location servicing customers globally. The advanced manufacturing technologies serve global oil and gas activities today and enable continuous product innovation

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

(Photo: The Underwater Centre)

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

Photo: Schottel

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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