GCU in £10.6m pioneering oil and gas centre

24 February 2014

GCU in £10.6m pioneering oil and gas centre

GCU is an academic partner in the OGIC

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a partner in a new £10.6m Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, which aims to pioneer oil and gas technology by linking researchers with industry.

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council and supported by Scottish Enterprise and HIE, the Innovation Centre will be based in Aberdeen with Heriot-Watt University acting as the administration centre.

The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) will act as a hub for over 30 operators and over 2,300 service companies and 12 university partners working primarily on oil and gas specific technologies and with extensive additional staff resource and facilities across fields such as materials, condition monitoring, chemistry and advanced manufacturing.  There are also over 800 MSc/MEng students annually, many of which are required to undertake oil and gas related projects as part of their courses. £1.1m of funding will enable and support the introduction of up to 150 Masters level places in Scotland.

First Minister Alex Salmond says: “Scotland has many creative, innovative companies and academic institutions capable of identifying growth opportunities and delivering industry solutions. Today’s announcement demonstrates the confidence in our oil and gas sector and its ability to be pioneers of groundbreaking industry advances.”

Paul de Leeuw, chair of the interim OGIC board, represented OGIC at the Technology Showcase event on March 5th in Aberdeen, organised by ITF in collaboration with Oil and Gas UK, at which Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) exhibited.

GCU’s Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research has expertise which is applicable to subsea environments.

GCU also has several oil and gas Masters programmes, providing graduates with industry relevant skills.

GCU is currently a partner in two other £10m SFC-funded Innovation Centres – the Digital Health Institute and CENSIS (the Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems).

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