Identifying new opportunities in decom and skills

With The Oil & Gas Technology Centre fully established as a standalone entity, ONE’s Oil & Gas Sector Board is now seeking to identify further internationalisation and supply chain growth opportunities in the region’s oil and gas industry. Decommissioning and learning and training are two particular areas of focus, alongside potential diversification opportunities into adjacent sectors.

Over the last 40 years, our universities and college have built up close links with the oil and gas industry. During this time, these links have helped to supply the UKCS, and other basins around the world, with some of the most highly valued people you will find anywhere in the global oil and gas industry.

ONE is working with Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland College (NESCol) to support them in identifying opportunities to enhance and accelerate collaborative projects that internationalise and grow their overseas presence.

Decommissioning is a growing sector within the UKCS. Recent estimates by Oil & Gas UK suggest that decommissioning activity could be worth over £17bn in the period 2016 -2025. And as other basins around the world mature the market will only get bigger.
There is an opportunity for Aberdeen to create a leading position in late-life asset management and decommissioning. ONE believes that the region has the highest concentration of skilled and experienced engineering, project management and project execution know-how required to enable the safe an efficient delivery of decommissioning projects.

ONE is in discussion with partners to help develop and promote the north-east’s leadership position in late-life asset management and decommissioning, and to help the north-east supply chain win new business in this growing sector.
Preliminary scoping work into oil and gas diversification is also underway, looking at adjacent sectors such as marine renewables, and opportunities for taking digital applications and knowledge into other markets.

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