Stur­geon at off­shore hub

First min­is­ter says cen­tre is key to North Sea’ s fu­ture po­ten­tial

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

Ni­cola Stur­geon has hailed a new fa­cil­ity in Aberdeen as a key el­e­ment in the quest to “un­lock” the North Sea’s re­main­ing re­serves.

The first min­is­ter is in Aberdeen today to un­veil the In­no­va­tion Hub at the Oil and Gas Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre (OGTC).

And she stated, in ad­vance of her visit, that the cen­tre would play an im­por­tant role in speed­ing up the de­vel­op­ment of oil and gas tech­nol­ogy which can solve prob­lems faced by North Sea pro­duc­ers.

Luca Cor­radi, in­no­va­tion net­work di­rec­tor at OGTC, claimed the cen­tre’s re­sources would ac­cel­er­ate the process of turn­ing con­cepts into field-ready prod­ucts.

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

OGTC will bring in­no­va­tors and aca­demics into the amenity with events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

And work­shops will deal specif­i­cally with the chal­lenges faced by OGTC’s net­work of mem­bers.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion will also use the base to “in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion” by host­ing vis­its by school­child­ren and stu­dents.

Ms Stur­geon said: “The OGTC has made fan­tas­tic progress since open­ing its doors in Fe­bru­ary.

“The cen­tre’s new In­no­va­tion Hub aims to be the en­gine for in­no­va­tion in the UK oil and gas in­dus­try.

“The state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity will ac­cel­er­ate the de­ploy­ment of new tech­nolo­gies to help un­lock the full po­ten­tial of the North Sea.

“Its po­ten­tial is be­ing em­braced by an ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of com­pa­nies.”

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