Martin Gilbert Announced Chair of the OGTC

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) has announced the appointment of Martin Gilbert as Chair of the Aberdeen-based research and technology organisation. He will succeed Archie Kennedy who has been Vice Chair and Chair of the OGTC since it was established in February 2017.

Established with £180 million funding from the Aberdeen City Region Deal, the OGTC has become the go-to technology centre for the oil and gas industry. In partnership with industry, it has invested in nearly 250 innovative projects that could generate up to £15 billion in value to the UK economy.

More recently, with strong support from industry, academia and the UK and Scottish Governments, it has created a Net Zero Solution Centre, to accelerate technology to support the UK’s transition to a net zero economy and meet the growing demand for low carbon energy technologies.

Martin was a Founding Director of Aberdeen Asset Management in 1983 and was instrumental in its £11bn merger with Standard Life in 2017, when he became Co-Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen.

Tekmar Energy Secures First Major CPS Contract in Japan for Akita and Noshiro Offshore Wind Farms

Tekmar Energy Limited, a Tekmar Group Company, is pleased to announce a contract award from Sumitomo Electric Industries to supply the patented TekLink® Mechanical Cable Protection System (CPS) for the Akita and Noshiro offshore wind farms in Japan.

The wind farms, which are set to be the first utility-scale offshore wind project in Japan, will be delivered by Akita Offshore Wind Corporation, a special purpose company set up by a consortium led by Marubeni.

Located at the ports of Akita and Noshiro in the coastal zone of Akita prefecture, the wind farms will feature 33 turbines and have an expected combined output of 139MW. The project will supply around 130,000 homes once complete in 2022.

Tekmar Energy will supply the project with 64 patented TekLink® Mechanical Latch CPS and cable hang-off arrangements to secure and protect the inter-array cables from the foundation hang-off point to the point at which they are buried in the seabed.

Martin Gilbert 4 August 2020

Jack Simpson, Director at Tekmar Energy said: “This is another significant award for Tekmar Energy which marks our first major CPS contract in Japan. We look forward to working on the Akita and Noshiro projects and to support the growing Japanese offshore wind sector.”

EXCEED MPR Launches Rig Integration Service, Appoints RI Specialist

Exceed MPR, part of the Aberdeen- headquartered Exceed Group, has announced the launch of a specialist Rig Integration service, in tandem with the appointment of industry specialist Jon Goodenough as Rig Integration Manager.

Founded in 2016, the Lowestoft- based Managed Pressure Drilling (MPD) experts have a reputation for providing a wide range of MPD services, from feasibility studies and project management, to performance management and delivery assurance. The addition of a comprehensive Rig Integration service completes the spectrum of MPD services available, allowing the company to provide its UK and international clients with a turnkey service.

Jon brings over 25 years’ industry experience to the establishment of Exceed MPR’s Rig Integration service, 10 of which have been focused upon managed pressure drilling projects.

Jon Goodenough

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