ABERDEEN, UK – Opportunity North East (ONE) aims to establish Aberdeen as a global center for offshore technology research and development.
Recently approved funding announced from the UK and Scottish governments via the Aberdeen City Region Deal will lead to creation of a new Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to support the industry in the UK and internationally.
OGTC, which will help the UK’s supply chain develop new technology, will draw support from the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, the Oil & Gas Authority, Oil & Gas UK, the Technology Leadership Board, Scottish Enterprise, and ONE.
An initial priority will be to establish managed solution centers, delivering practical solutions for immediate challenges including managing asset integrity, reducing the cost of drilling wells, and more cost-effective approaches to developing smaller and more marginal offshore fields.
Over time, OGTC will add new research and new test facilities, designed to help bring emerging technologies and processes to market more quickly.
OGTC’s board is expected to be in place by the end of April and a final business case for OGTC should be submitted by early summer, with the first managed solution centers formed later this year (subject to funding).
Sir Ian Wood, chair of ONE’s main Economic Leadership Board and of its oil and gas sector board, said: “The OGTC is a transformational project which will make the most of the North Sea maximizing recovery opportunity and support technology development in the supply chain, which will grow exports and sustain high value jobs in the northeast of Scotland and UK.
“The project also has a catalytic role to play in the longer term transitioning of the northeast of Scotland from a center of operational excellence to a global hub for oil and gas innovation, which will help anchor more of the supply chain in the region.
“The OGTC will be instrumental in realizing the vision for our region to be one of the top three centers globally for oil and gas technology development and deployment. Reflecting the priorities already identified by industry via the Technology Leadership Board, OGTC will have a particular focus on subsea production, mature basin asset management, maximizing economic recovery, and ensuring decommissioning excellence.”
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