RGU and UoA to develop Centre of Excellence

On the back of the recent announcement of the Aberdeen City Region Deal and the creation of the new Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), RGU and the University of Aberdeen (UoA) have been looking at ways in which we can use our combined capabilities and expertise to support the work of the OGTC, which was officially launched this morning.

Paul de LeeuwAs a result, RGU, UoA and the OGTC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will see the creation of a new Life Extension and Decommissioning Centre of Excellence (CoE) for the oil and gas industry in the city.

This capability does not exist anywhere else in the UK and, as such, it provides us with a great opportunity to develop the core research and development offering to support the Life Extension and Decommissioning agenda.

The MoU is the first step in a collaborative process to establish a world class facility in the North East of Scotland, which will act as a key contributor to delivering the Maximising Economic Recovery (MER UK) agenda.

The new CoE, which is envisaged to be in place by the end of 2017, will work with industry, government and trade associations to ensure that technology and innovation for Late Life and Decommissioning is developed in a timely and efficient manner.

We believe that the creation of the OGTC provides a powerful mechanism to increase the technology and innovation focus in the North East of Scotland and that this collaboration between the two local universities, the OGTC and industry will significantly enhance the technology infrastructure and capabilities in the area. 


Paul de Leeuw

Director, Oil and Gas Institute


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