Subsea Meets Aquaculture - Receives Funding for Phase 2 Project

As part of our ongoing crossover initiatives GCE Subsea, NCE Seafood Innovation and Deloitte are running a project where we explore the crossover potential between Oil & Gas and Aquaculture. Funding for phase 2 is now secured through a grant from Hordaland County.

Published: 10 August 2016
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The cluster-to-cluster project Subsea meets Aquaculture between GCE Subsea and NCE Seafood innovation is facilitated by Deloitte and sponsored by Hordaland County. In phase 1 of the project, the main challenges of the aquaculture industry were reviewed and matched with competence and solutions from the offshore oil and gas industry, in order to identify possible areas of innovation.

Phase 1 was concluded with a one-day excursion and workshop where the participants discussed possible crossover topics. Some of the potential areas for crossover that were identified, were control and instrumentation systems, remote control, sensor technology, advanced image recognition, data acquisition and analysis, tracking systems, environmental survey, piping and valves, surface protection and anti-corrosion, marine operations, diving and ROV support, anchoring, materials and more.

The Road Ahead

In Phase 2 the project will proceed to zoom in on some of the most potent areas for crossover and set up a project organisation and a series of networking events. Here, representatives from the aquaculture industry will meet representatives from offshore oil and gas to discuss innovative solutions that can be derived from existing offshore oil and gas knowledge and solutions. Possible solutions will be vetted and prioritised for further development with a view to initiate several R&D projects.

Elements from well proven methods for networking and spurring innovation, like Subsea Next Step (Lean business acceleration programme), and GCE Subsea Møteforum (Business speed-dating) will be applied in the project.

Further information and invitation to participate will follow, but any companies interested in taking part can contact Gunnar Buvik, GCE Subsea.

The Norwegian Aquaculture industry

The total export value of Norwegian seafood was in 2014 over 61 billion Norwegian kroner. EU is the biggest market for Norwegian salmon. France is the largest market, followed by Poland and Russia.

A long coastline with cold, clear water makes the Norwegian coastline very well suited for aquaculture. Along the coast, generations have harvested from the sea, and fish production through aquaculture is a natural extension of this tradition. Today, Norway is the world's largest producer of Atlantic salmon.

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