The Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) has officially launched in Aberdeen, expecting to exceed its target of supporting 100 technology-development projects in its first five years.

Chief executive Ian ­Phillips, who was appointed to the role in August, made the prediction and explained that OGIC provides a “one-stop shop,” set up to provide the oil and gas industry with single access to the knowledge and capabilities of Scottish universities.He stressed that OGIC is demand-led, and arose from the need to partner innovative ideas with best-in-class academic resource, connecting about 2,300 oil and gas operators and service companies with 12 Scottish universities and more than 450 academic staff and researchers.

State of the art technology is being bought for the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), thanks to a £1.66m grant.
The award, from The Scottish Funding Council, will enable OGIC to purchase two pieces of cutting-edge equipment to support research and innovation in the sector.
This is on top of the £10.6 million already allocated to support demand led innovation between industry and Scottish Universities.

OGIC is a new Oil and Gas Innovation Centre set up to work with SMEs to deliver innovative solutions to the key challenges facing businesses operating in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). £10.6 million funding was approved by the Scottish Funding Council to create OGIC. Its role is to enable the development of new technologies which are needed to bring down operating costs, improve productivity in the UKCS and address innovation requirements in decommissioning.

The Scottish Government will follow the publication of Sir IanWood’s North Sea review today by announcing more than £10million of funding for a new centre to pioneer oil and gas technology.

The new Aberdeen based centre will be paid for by the Scottish Funding Council and supported by Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.