Industry and ONE prioritise development of The Oil & Gas Technology Centre

The project to develop the new, world-class Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) in Aberdeen has set the benchmark for the pace that can be achieved in moving from a concept through testing with industry and business case development to the formation of a standalone entity in less than a year.

ONE led the project to establish Aberdeen as a global centre for innovation and technology development and deployment for the oil and gas industry. The OGTC, now established as an independent and industry-led body, is the flagship innovation project within the Aberdeen City Region Deal. Working with industry and the Oil & Gas Authority, Scottish Enterprise and the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, ONE developed the final business case for the OGTC, which has secured up £180m of funding over 10 years from the City Region Deal.

The OGTC has a key role to play in maximising economic recovery from the UKCS, anchoring the supply chain in the north east of Scotland for the longer term, enhancing exports by helping develop new technology in the supply chain, and retaining high value jobs.

One of the OGTC’s first priorities is to establish managed solution centres. These will be led by a dedicated team, bringing together knowledge and expertise from across industry and focus on delivering practical solutions for immediate challenges including managing asset integrity, drilling and well construction and finding cost effective ways of developing smaller and more marginal offshore fields.

Over time, the OGTC will establish and enhance world-class research facilities, including new test facilities, and support new technology and processes being brought to market faster.

Sir Ian Wood, who chairs ONE’s economic leadership board and The OGTC board, said: “The OGTC is a transformational project for the oil and gas industry in the UK and for the north east of Scotland. The aim is to fundamentally change the oil and gas innovation and technology landscape, with a mechanism of delivery driving integrated change.

“By successfully addressing current industry technology challenges we will become recognised as one of the top centres globally for innovation and technology development and deployment with a particular focus on subsea production, drilling and wells, mature basin asset management, ensuring decommissioning excellence, and oil and gas data science.

“The OGTC’s work will create and sustain a high value talent pool with world-class expertise in energy in and around Aberdeen, which is home to two universities delivering world-leading energy related research, development and commercialisation.

“With significant support from industry, Government and its agencies there is an unrivalled opportunity to realise these ambitions,” added Sir Ian.

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