The newly established Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) is already having an impact on accelerating new technologies to support the North Sea oil and gas industry.
At its official launch hosted by Hydro Group plc in Aberdeen recently, OGIC revealed that it now has its first approved and funded projects coming onstream and is in discussion with more than 50 companies regarding technology development opportunities.
A North-east steel fabrication firm has manufactured its longest plate girders, a series of 40m rafters for part of an earthquake-proof facility in Cheshire.
Allerton Steel, a member of NOF Energy, the business development organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables, won a contract to manufacture and paint 14 of the 50tonne beams, which would take world champion sprinter Usain Bolt almost four seconds to run along.
Expansion into the Middle East sees major investment in the region
One of the world’s largest suppliers of offshore cargo carrying units and leading supplier of modular systems, offshore aviation services and fluid management, Swire Oilfield Services, is set to open new offices in the UAE and an operations base in Abu Dhabi as it begins its expansion into the Middle East.
The move is part of a multi-million dollar investment in the region which will see the company focus on initial key markets including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Swire Oilfield Services plans to mobilise one of the largest regional cargo carrying unit fleets to the region in 2015 to meet the demands of increasing exploration and production activity.