Aberdeen saw the official launch of its Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) Monday night with the new center saying that it is already seeing strong demand for its services.
OGIC is designed to provide a single access point to the knowledge and capabilities of Scottish universities for the oil and gas industry. It will also part-fund and provide management support to a range of projects that have the potential to deliver technology solutions to the exploration, production and decommissioning challenges facing the UK Continental Shelf.
It will link approximately 2,300 oil and gas operators and service companies to more than 450 academic staff and researchers in Scotland working in oil and gas-related areas.
OGIC said that it now has its first approved and funded projects coming on stream and that it is in discussion with more than 50 companies regarding technology development opportunities.
Speaking at OGIC's launch, Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said:
"This new innovation center will transform the nature of collaboration between industry, government and academic partners – providing new ways to deliver industry solutions, taking innovation to the next level. They are part of a cultural shift that brings the innovation and creativity of our academic sector to the heart of our business life and puts business drive firmly into the heart of our academic community.
OGIC Chief Executive Ian Philips added:
"OGIC has been established in response to industry need for a matchmaking service to bring innovative ideas and best in class academic resource together to get new technologies to the market quicker than ever before. Innovation is now one of the major priorities for the oil and gas sector locally and globally in order to maximize return from existing assets and to bring new, more challenging reserves into production.
"Our track record of innovation in the UKCS over 40 years and our academic strengths are a major competitive advantage at a time of significant challenges in our industry. We aim to drive the delivery of innovations that will contribute to the future success of the North Sea and that will create new export opportunities for our supply chain."
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