Sturgeon at offshore hub
First minister says centre is key to North Sea’ s future potential
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.”