We're partnering with the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University to establish two National Research and Development Centres in the North East of Scotland.
The National Centres represent a multi-million-pound investment to tackle current and future challenges in decommissioning and subsea engineering with world-class research and development, in partnership with industry.
The Centres will connect R&D institutions and innovation centres across the UK, multiply the capability of universities and other organisations, such as the UK Catapult, and develop a world-class supply chain that delivers for the UK and internationally.
The National Decommissioning Centre
The National Decommissioning Centre (NDC) is £38m partnership between the Oil & Gas Technology Centre and the University of Aberdeen, part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
100 offshore platforms and 5,700km of pipeline are forecast to be decommissioned or reused over the next decade on the UK Continental Shelf. With the Oil and Gas Authority estimating the total cost of oil and gas decommissioning to be £58bn, the NDC will help industry deliver the >35% cost reduction target set by the regulator in 2016.
Combining industry expertise with academic excellence, the Centre aims to work in partnership with companies to become the global leader in R&D focused on reducing costs, extending field and asset life, and transforming the conventional approach to decommissioning.
The National Subsea Centre
We're partnering with Robert Gordon University and industry to establish The National Subsea Centre. More information on this will be announced shortly.