United Support to GCE Subsea

Major stakeholders in the NCE Subsea cluster strongly support our application for a status as Global Centre of Expertise Subsea.

Published: 11 June 2015
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Photo by NCE Subsea: From the left – Jon Arve Sværen - OneSubsea, Ove Magne Kallestad - FMC Technologies and Trond Stokka Meling - Statoil at NCE Subsea’s CEO Forum in April 2015

Our application to achieve status as Global Centre of Expertise has been submitted. The decision will be announced by Minister of Trade and Industry, Monica Mæland and Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner, Friday 12 June.

NCE Subsea have Made a Tremendous Contribution

The current partners of NCE Subsea have actively participated in the development of the GCE-project, and they all fully support our application to the programme Norwegian Innovation Clusters.

Statoil has been one of the key stakeholders in NCE Subsea since it was established in 2006. – NCE Subsea have made a tremendous contribution to strengthening the knowledge base, innovation speed and collaboration within the current NCE Subsea cluster, says Trond Stokka Meling, Senior Vice President Subsea and Marine Technology in Statoil.

- Statoil supports the GCE Subsea programme proposal: It will make a significant contribution to the realisation of the Statoil Subsea Factory, which requires a joint industry effort, he says.

Benefit from Increased Collaboration

Ove Magne Kallestad, Director for Subsea Services Eastern Region in FMC Technologies, recently spoke at the NCE Subsea CEO Forum where he addressed the current situation in the oil and gas industry.

Mr. Kallestad argued that the Norwegian subsea industry need to adapt to be able to face the challenges, and he pointed to four key areas of focus: Cost efficiency, standardisation, new technologies and smarter solutions.

- In FMC Technologies, we will work to increase the collaboration between the current NCE Subsea and Arena Subsea Valley, particularly on innovation, knowledge and market, he says.

- Increased collaboration between operation and engineering will strengthen both FMC Technologies and the Norwegian subsea industry at large.

The Cluster Objective

The main objective of GCE Subsea, as described in the application, is collaboration to strengthen the cluster’s competitive advantages in the global market, and realise sustainable growth and value creation.

Our application of course takes into account the current situation for the oil and gas industry.

Demand for energy and marine resources is increasing, as is the scale of climate and environmental challenges. The Norwegian Continental Shelf is maturing, and it is challenging to enter many of the major international subsea oil and gas markets. In the last few years, costs have increased more than productivity and the recent fall in oil prices calls for a joint industry effort to renew the cluster.

Increased innovation and knowledge collaboration is required to meet the challenges and realise the cluster’s huge potential for further growth and value creation.

A copy of the GCE Subsea application will be distributed to our partners and members shortly.

Contact Information:

Owe Hagesæther

Chief Executive Officer
+47 908 75 888