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£16m Centre of Excellence for Scotland to be subsea global leader

Staff Writer | April 4, 2017
A new £16 million Centre of Excellence (CoE) for subsea development, which will be unrivalled anywhere else in the world, is to be established in East Kilbride positioning Scotland as a world leader in multiphase flow measurement.
Linda Hanna
Socttish economy   Development grant from Scottish Enterprise
Led by TÜV SÜD Limited (NEL), a leading provider of research and development, consultancy and testing to the international oil & gas industry, this investment will provide Scotland with a unique global capability, build on its position as a leader in subsea engineering and oil & gas innovation and make a significant contribution to growth ambitions of companies operating within the oil & gas sector.

TÜV SÜD AG has agreed to invest £11.1 million in its NEL site in East Kilbride to develop the CoE for subsea development, thanks to a £4.9 million research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The project marks the largest capital investment to date in the company’s UK business and, in addition to creating at least 17 new jobs, will safeguard a further 82 existing jobs in Scotland.

Designed to provide a new, best-in-class, high pressure multiphase flow test facility, with a test range beyond anything currently available anywhere else in the world, the CoE will enable NEL to provide world leading fluid flow technical services to the global oil & gas production market over the next 25 years.

The centre will provide opportunities for company-led industrial projects, development work with SMEs, hands-on training for the industry and academic research.

Focussed predominantly on the £50 billion per annum global subsea sector, which is already home to approximately 370 companies in Scotland, the CoE will also offer potential benefits to companies in other sectors such as nuclear power, food and drink, aerospace and renewable energy.

The announcement comes during a visit by Economy Secretary Keith Brown to the Scottish Enterprise Technology Park in East Kilbride where the new facility will be built over the next two years.

Managing director of strategy and sectors at Scottish Enterprise, Linda Hanna, said: “In February last year we committed to supporting more oil & gas firms to deliver new innovative projects to help protect and sustain the future of the sector in Scotland.

“Our £4.9 million contribution was the catalyst behind NEL securing over £11 million of funding from its parent company, ensuring the skills and expertise at NEL are anchored in Scotland for the long term.

“This new facility will offer research facilities and a breadth of capability unmatched anywhere else in the world, supporting Scotland’s oil & gas sector to maximise its global competitiveness and position Scotland as a global leader in multiphase flow measurement.

“It will play a key role in the delivery of our subsea action plan launched earlier this year."