NSRI Appoints New Director

The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has appointed Tony Laing as its new director of research and market acceleration.

Laing will be tasked with ensuring the UK’s subsea technology needs are understood and met within an increasingly diverse business environment and the associated complex innovation and funding landscape, the NSRI said in an organization statement.

The new NSRI director of research and market acceleration brings more than 35 years’ experience to the post. Laing has previously held the position of global director of integrated solutions at Schlumberger and OneSubsea, and has also held positions within Marathon, Boreas (Atkins), Aker and smaller technology companies.

Based at Subsea UK in Westhill, Aberdeen, Laing will take over from Gordon Drummond, who has returned to Subsea 7 following his three-year secondment to NSRI.

“NSRI has a major role to play as a knowledge hub for subsea research and development, not only within oil and gas but across the wider offshore renewable energy sectors including marine and ocean science,” Laing said in an organization statement.

“I believe I can apply my knowledge and experience to build upon the fantastic work that has been delivered to date, promoting technological innovation and ensuring the industry needs are met. I look forward to working with businesses, technology developers, universities and academics as they look for support in bringing new innovations to market that can push the UK energy industry forward for years to come,” he added.


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