Oil and gas services firm signs $5.5m deal with Repsol

An oil and gas services company has secured a $5.5 million (£3.8m) contract with energy giant Repsol. The deal will see Proserv upgrade and build new subsea production control equipment for the Yme field redevelopment in the Norwegian North Sea. It says the life of the existing equipment will be extended significantly beyond its original […]

New online wave and tidal Matchmaker hub plays cupid

A new online hub to help subsea companies bid for wave and tidal energy contracts has been developed. Wave Energy Scotland (WES) and National Subsea Research Initiative’s (NSRI) online ‘Matchmaker’ database has specifically been designed to help companies find other organisations with the expertise they’re looking for and highlight their own credentials. The service is […]

Construction starts on £16m subsea research facility

An oil and gas flow measurement specialist has started building a £16 million subsea research and development centre in Scotland. NEL expects its Centre of Excellence (CoE) to allow a greater understanding of the impact of higher operating pressures on measurement equipment in extreme subsea environments. Work will cover a range of different technologies and […]

Scotland and Japan team up on underwater research

Scotland and Japan have announced a new agreement to help both countries capitalise on subsea technology opportunities. Scottish Enterprise and The Nippon Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together and invest in research and development within the sector. The projects will predominantly address challenges faced by the Japanese industry, with Scotland using […]

Norway awards £900k for subsea tech research

Norway has awarded a NOK10 million (£900,000) grant for subsea technology research. The Research Council of Norway has provided technology firm ABB funding to develop equipment for use on the Norwegian continental shelf and the Barents Sea. It is the third grant of its kind awarded to ABB – previous funding rounds, both in 2016, totalled NOK20 million (£1.8m). ABB is currently engaged […]

New ‘sea snake’ robot slithers into offshore industry

A new underwater robot travels like a sea snake to help inspect and repair offshore pipelines and oil rigs. The innovative remote-controlled device has been designed and developed by Norwegian firm Eelume, which claims it could “reshape” the offshore energy industry. It takes the form of a dexterous robotic arm which can carry out a wide range of intervention […]

North Sea subsea sales down but investment continues

Sales in the subsea industry in the UK North Sea have dropped due to oil prices but it is maintaining investment in technology. The sector also expects to increase exports, according to Subsea UK. It stated 90% of 60 firms surveyed have seen sales decrease in the last 18 months, out of which 28% saw […]

French energy firm bags North Sea contract

A French energy company has been awarded a two-year contract to assist Chevron’s developments in the North Sea. Technip will provide engineering, procurement, installation and construction services in the Alder field, located around 200 kilometres North-East of Aberdeen, Scotland, as Chevron develops a subsea tieback to the Britannia Bridge Link platform. The contract includes designing […]

Shell to boost oil production in Brazil

Royal Dutch Shell has unveiled plans to boost production with two new deepwater projects in Brazil. Working alongside its partners, it aims to go ahead with the projects at Parque das Conchas and the Bijupira/Salema fields. For the first field, they have decided to move forward with Phase 3 of the project which will include […]

Ofgem picks 23 projects for innovation competition finals

Ofgem has awarded 23 projects a place in the final stages of its three innovation competitions for regulated network companies. The network innovation competitions (NICs) is in its first year and makes up to £27 million per year available for onshore and offshore power transmission companies, with a separate £18 million for gas distribution. The […]