In­no­va­tion aims to ‘un­lock’ North Sea as­sets

The OGTC In­no­va­tion Hub has been un­veiled, aimed at al­low­ing com­pa­nies from dif­fer­ent sec­tors to meet up and share knowl­edge. Mark Lam­mey reports.

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - ENERGY -

A new fa­cil­ity de­signed to speed up the de­vel­op­ment of oil and gas tech­nol­ogy has been un­veiled in Aberdeen.

The In­no­va­tion Hub at the Oil and Gas Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (OGTC) will sup­port ideas which could “un­lock” the North Sea’s re­main­ing re­serves and in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion.

It will pro­vide a space for com­pa­nies from dif­fer­ent in­dus­trial sec­tors to meet and share rad­i­cal new ideas.

The hub is kit­ted out with big screens for pre­sen­ta­tions and dis­plays, touch­screen com­put­ers and tablets, plush fur­ni­ture and work spa­ces.

Luca Cor­radi, in­no­va­tion net­work di­rec­tor at OGTC, said the hub would ac­cel­er­ate the process of turn­ing a con­cept into a field-ready prod­uct.

The fa­cil­ity will have vir­tual re­al­ity ca­pa­bil­i­ties which will help “take the plat­form to the peo­ple”, giv­ing out­side in­dus­tries an in­sight into the chal­lenges faced off­shore.

Other tools in­clude 3D print­ing and patent in­for­ma­tion to show com­pa­nies which in­ven­tions have al­ready been in­vented.

OGTC will bring in­no­va­tors and aca­demics into the hub by or­gan­is­ing a pro­gramme of events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Work­shops will be set up to deal specif­i­cally with the chal­lenges faced by OGTC’s net­work of mem­bers.

In­vi­ta­tions will be needed to at­tend some of the events, while oth­ers will be open to all com­pa­nies who want to learn more about pi­o­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy.

OGTC will also use the base to host vis­its by school­child­ren and stu­dents through­out the re­gion.

It will pro­vide them with in­sight into the sort of skills that will be re­quired to work in the oil and gas in­dus­try of the fu­ture.

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon is ex­pected to at­tend the un­veil­ing of the hub in Aberdeen today.

Mr Cor­radi said: “The hub will be a cat­a­lyst for new think­ing and new ideas, work­ing in part­ner­ship with in­no­va­tors and oil and gas com­pa­nies to de­velop tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions for in­dus­try chal­lenges.

“It uses the lat­est fa­cil­i­ta­tion tools and tech­niques to har­ness cre­ativ­ity and turn ideas into ac­tions.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with schools and uni­ver­si­ties to cre­ate a pro­gramme to in­spire a new gen­er­a­tion of in­no­va­tors.”

OGTC of­fi­cially opened in Fe­bru­ary with £180mil­lion worth of back­ing from the Aberdeen City Re­gion Deal.

The cen­tre, which now has more than 40 mem­bers, has al­ready ap­proved more than £12mil­lion worth of in­vest­ment in pi­o­neer­ing new tech­nolo­gies and is cur­rently work­ing on 21 projects.

It has five so­lu­tion cen­tres which are fo­cused on as­set in­tegrity, well con­struc­tion, small pools, de­com­mis­sion­ing and dig­i­tal.

The hub will sit at the heart of the OGTC and sup­port the in­di­vid­ual so­lu­tion cen­tres.

It will also boost the work of OGTC’s tech­nol­ogy ac­cel­er­a­tor pro­gramme.

The scheme, called TechX, will help smaller tech­nol­ogy devel­op­ers take their so­lu­tions to mar­ket.

It aims to in­vest in 100 com­pa­nies in 10 years, of­fer ex­pert men­tor­ing, ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties, field test­ing and fund­ing with no eq­uity or pay back re­quired.

OGTC said it had worked with a range of north-east com­pa­nies to cre­ate the hub, from its main con­struc­tion part­ner, ar­chi­tects and quan­tity sur­veyor, to its tech­nol­ogy in­staller and caterer.

eThe hub and its facilti­ies, in­clud­ing meet­ing spa­ces, big screens, touch-screens and tablets, is aimed at gen­er­at­ing ideas to boost cre­ativ­ity which could un­lock re­main­ing North Sea re­serves

Aca­demics, stu­dents and pupils will be in­vited to events at the hub

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