Funded by the Scottish Government via Scottish Enterprise and Subsea UK, in association with the Nippon Foundation, the research will focus on two major themes:
‘One of the programme’s two themes will be subsea digital oilfield technologies, including real-time underwater communication, inspection, monitoring and control, sensors, robotics and artificial intelligence. The second theme of subsea oil and gas innovation will focus on well productivity, intervention and design, low-cost drilling, decommissioning, subsea factory development, remote monetisation and developing challenging fields.’
Regular readers will know that Scottish expertise in oil, gas and renewable energy generation is now as valuable as the actual raw material resources in our seas. See these earlier reports:
Almost a year ago, I could report that Scottish businesses were advising in more than 40 countries including the government of Japan, providing cranes to build wind farms in Morocco and South Africa and working with the World Bank in Chile.
I see the Herald did a quite good news story on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation findings on poverty in Scotland:
Maybe they’ll go large and generous on this one too? BBC Scotland News? Hmmm…not so sure.