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Scale of OGTC opportunity to be revealed at Technology Showcase

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Delegates at the 2016 Technology Showcase will hear how government, operators and the supply chain have worked together to form an innovative technology partnership, which has the potential to transform current efforts to tackle cost and improve efficiency.

The Technology Showcase on Wednesday (March 9), organised by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) in collaboration with Oil & Gas UK, comprises both a conference and an exhibition at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. Industry leaders will discuss and debate the innovative technologies the sector requires to maximise economic recovery from the UK Continental Shelf.

Charles Tavner, Magma Global’s commercial director will present on ‘Gaining industry commitment to new technology implementation and how government can support’ during the morning’s ‘Changing the Technology Paradigm’ plenary session. In September, Magma entered into a partnership with BP, Subsea 7 and the National Composites Centre to qualify large diameter carbon fibre subsea pipe for deep water, high pressure applications. The project was co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK government’s innovation agency.

Mr Tavner said: “This £10million programme is an excellent example of how operators, the supply chain and government can collaborate to deliver technology for cost reduction. The programme combines an operator’s commitment to deploy with a focused funding model to rapidly deliver new technology. This is a large commitment underpinned by UK government support and illustrates an alternative, more focused model for technology development. The Showcase provides an excellent opportunity to network with individuals and companies with similar attitudes to progressing new technology.”

During the afternoon’s ‘Well Plugging & Abandonment’ session, Tomas Kristofic, chief technology officer of GA Drilling will deliver a presentation on how its PLASMABIT milling technology for enhanced casing section milling addresses the plugging and abandonment (P&A) cost and efficiency challenges. He said: “PLASMABIT technology creates a fundamentally new way of material disruption with a sophisticated combination of proven physical, chemical and mechanical procedures. It is a disruptive technology that will improve the HSE and cost efficiency of the P&A process.”

Delegates at the Showcase will also hear about a £2million competition for SMEs to deliver radical technologies targeted at long-standing energy challenges including many relevant to the oil and gas sector. The Energy Game Changer competition run by Innovate UK will open on March 28.

Derek Allen, Lead Technologist at Innovate UK will speak about the opportunity at the Technology Showcase. He said: “We are looking for companies from outside of the energy industry, such as gaming, robotics, inspection and others to provide potential disruptive solutions. All they have to do initially is send us a two minute video pitch on their innovation. We also believe there are great opportunities for technology transfer from other industries that will make a big difference to challenges such as, remote inspection and processing high speed data.”

This year, ITF has added a live broadcast of the conference for companies or individuals unable to attend the event. This provides interested parties with an opportunity to watch the Showcase plenary sessions and four technical sessions either live or recorded depending on your location (the Showcase is aired on GMT). The cost is £99 and gives access for 30 days, with six opportunities to watch the conference. More details can be found at the live broadcast page:

Adapted by David Bizley

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