Global controls technology leader scoops runner-up prize for its step change ECG™ holistic subsea cable monitoring system for offshore wind.

Proserv has been spotlighted yet again at a leading industry awards event gaining acknowledgment as Innovative Supply Chain Company of the Year (Large Enterprise) runner-up at the annual Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) Awards, held last night at the P&J Live in Aberdeen.

Eight categories were featured as OEUK took the opportunity “to celebrate the people and companies who have demonstrated standout talent, innovation, and accomplishment across the energy sector in 2023.” Speaking ahead of the ceremony OEUK CEO David Whitehouse said:

“Our members are investing not only in homegrown oil and gas, but also to accelerate our expansion into renewable sources. The expertise of our people is driving innovation in clean energy solutions like carbon capture and storage, the hydrogen economy, and offshore wind. We are determined to create a sustainable future.”

Chairman David Currie, CEO Davis Larssen and Vice President, Renewables, Paul Cook were among the Proserv delegation in attendance. The recognition was conferred on the company due to the development, emergence, impact and industry-wide potential of its ECG™ holistic subsea cable monitoring system for fixed bottom and floating offshore wind.

The technology represents a major step forward in subsea cable monitoring, delivering real-time intelligence and visibility on the condition and integrity of subsea cables, enabling asset owners and operators to detect possible faults and failures before they occur, enhancing utilisation, alleviating the threat of costly downtime, extending ROI, while optimising maintenance scheduling and the targeting of OPEX. Critically, ECG™ also monitors cable terminations, an area highly susceptible to potential issues.

Synaptec, a power system monitoring expert, and subsea power cable engineering and management specialists, BPP Cable Solutions, pooled their capabilities alongside Proserv’s know-how in control system integration and subsea experience within a technology consortium to deliver this genuine shift in cable monitoring.

In little more than two years since its development, ECG™ has won landmark deals on the vast fixed bottom Dogger Bank Wind Farm and the world’s pioneering floating wind projects, including the first commercial asset – Equinor’s Hywind Scotland.

After the event, Paul Cook commented:

“This accolade is much appreciated and we thank OEUK for yet another enjoyable evening. Our congratulations to all winners and runners-up.

“This recognition speaks not only to the potential impact of ECG™ and its ability to support the future rollout of offshore wind, and the transition, but how the supply chain can come together and share its knowledge to collaborate and build the essential technologies of the future.”

CEO Davis Larssen added:

“Our core mission at Proserv has long been to deploy our skills to develop solutions to empower decision-making, optimise performance and ultimately extend the life of critical infrastructure. ECG™ is a great representation of our methodology as we pivot that approach to offshore wind and sustainable energy.

“Every industry acknowledgement is much valued but for the broad team that has worked on ECG™, from concept through to delivery, particularly our partners Synaptec and BPP Cable Solutions, it is especially well-deserved.”

Proserv Chairman David Currie observed:

“This has been another good night for Proserv at a leading awards event, hosted by a very well-respected trade body in OEUK, and once again witnessing due acclaim for our talented and creative team.

“One of our unique differentiators is engaging closely with the market, listening to what it actually needs and pinpointing areas where we can innovate genuinely effective solutions. It is very satisfying to see our impactful work in offshore wind making ever further headway.”

UK headquartered controls technology leader receives well-deserved recognition in the Services Company of the Year 2023 category.

Proserv featured strongly at yet another major global awards evening last night in central London. An audience of senior energy industry executives gathered at the London Hilton on Park Lane for the Energy Council’s Awards of Excellence 2023 with Senior Vice President, Iain Smith, representing the team and seeing it selected as one of two runners-up in the Services Company of the Year category.

Proserv’s achievement came on the back of its on-going innovative drive into new areas of the market such as offshore wind and digital technology, deploying decades-long control system expertise and offshore experience alongside its belief in collaboration and knowledge-sharing, to deliver new step change solutions to optimise the performance and extend the life of critical infrastructure.

In the past year, Proserv has also seen its high integrity pressure protection system (HIPPS) collaboration alongside Houston based Trendsetter Engineering open up major opportunities in deepwater oil and gas, enabling the safe integration of new high pressure wells into existing lower pressure infrastructure, while ensuring critical safety standards and reducing costs and lead-in times to first production.

Around the globe, the team has proactively moved to extend its topside and subsea service capabilities and footprint, rolling out new, upgraded sites in Saudi Arabia and India, and bringing in key regional appointments in Qatar and Stavanger, Norway.

As Proserv moves into 2024, the business aims to broaden its strong relationships with national energy companies in the Arabian Gulf, further leverage its unique augmented controls technology (ACT) in the mature subsea markets of Norway and beyond, as well as push ever further into the innovation of disruptive data analytics and intelligence solutions applicable right across the energy landscape.

After the event, Iain Smith commented:

“This has been a wholly deserved acknowledgement of our team. It is testament to the many hard-working and talented folk right across our organisation, doing great things to grow and build our business. Thank you to the Energy Council for an excellent night and to Alvarez & Marsal for very kindly sponsoring this award.”

Eight prizes were handed out as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award and an accolade for the Executive of the Year. The Energy Council said the annual event represents “a global benchmark of excellence…honouring the individuals and companies who have been at the forefront of first-class deals, value creation, innovation, or exceptional financial and operating performance.”

Proserv’s CEO Davis Larssen added:

“Recognition at leading industry events is always very much appreciated and must be enjoyed as a moment to reflect upon our strong progress. But at Proserv, our philosophy is to move ever forwards: innovating, partnering and developing new solutions and products that respond directly to what the market needs. This achievement is a positive springboard into what promises to be a busy and rewarding 2024.”

Site in Dammam extends service capabilities and follows relocation of Proserv’s Chennai facility as company looks to ramp up global and regional activities.

Leading controls technology company Proserv has moved its operations in Saudi Arabia into a new dedicated, state-of-the-art facility in Dammam as part of its roadmap to bolster and extend its expertise for customers and establish itself as the control system solutions partner of choice across the kingdom.

Proserv has invested a significant sum in the bespoke site, located close to the HQ of major national oil company Aramco, as the Aberdeen headquartered business seeks to increase its activities within the digital arena in Saudi Arabia, including real-time condition monitoring and industrial automation right across the energy landscape, including renewables. The strategy reflects Proserv’s wider global digitalisation push alongside several technology partners.

The new base delivers key upgrades to enhance Proserv’s well-established topside service provision with investment directed to an in-house instrumentation calibration zone, as well as a purpose-built pressure testing facility. The site also incorporates manufacturing, service and refurbishment areas within its 1,000 square metre footprint.

Proserv’s General Manager, Saudi Arabia, Chris Chambers commented:

“This new facility, with its increased and upgraded capabilities, is testament to our proactive ambitions to drive this business into exciting new areas here in the kingdom. Our absolute commitment to supporting the Saudi economy, and building new skills within its workforce, is long-standing and Proserv’s future direction into cutting-edge technologies and potentially new markets will only reinforce and broaden that.”

Angus Rodger, Vice President, Services added:

“Across every facet of our global business, we are harnessing our controls expertise to deliver real-time monitoring, intelligence insights to enhance operational strategy and ultimately the optimisation of critical infrastructure. This impressive new site in Dammam gives our skilled team in the kingdom the means to push further to widen this offering. Saudi Arabia represents a market with much potential.”

Proserv’s relocation and upgrade of site capabilities in Saudi Arabia follows a similar move conducted earlier this year at its important base in Chennai, India. Increasing headcount and growth in its breadth of activities meant the team required not only additional space but the scale for further in-house capability.

Proserv has moved into its own dedicated site to the south of Chennai comprising a floor space of 850 square metres, which offers both a manufacturing and service workshop alongside a bespoke pressure testing area. The new facility underpins its role, and extends its expertise, as a vital global functional support network, across varied disciplines including engineering, effective global supply chain sourcing and product builds.

The Chennai team not only offers this core support throughout the entire Arabian Peninsula and North Africa but to Proserv’s worldwide business. Among multiple on-going projects, it is currently collaborating with its Saudi based colleagues on the real-time monitoring of industrial equipment as part of the push into digital technologies and intelligence.

Geert Kooi, Senior Vice President, Operations stated:

“Chennai is a key site for us and the move earlier this year enables the team to augment its skill sets within its own dedicated space to deliver techno-commercial solutions for the wider controls market, in both oil and gas and renewables. Worldwide, our Chennai team is producing valuable work in numerous critical functions and locally this new facility also gives us a great base from which to target and attack the many opportunities available in the Indian market.”

Proserv’s CEO, Davis Larssen remarked:

“These facility upgrades in both Saudi Arabia and Chennai are crucial steps to allow those talented teams a platform from which to thrive and grow locally, and also to contribute a significant role within our broad global business strategy, including the development and delivery of new digital solutions to our customers right across the energy sector. We look forward to seeing the on-going progress and development in these locations in the coming years.”

Hugh McNeal, Proserv non-executive director and CEO of RenewableUK (2016-2021) writes:

Since moving on from my role leading RenewableUK in 2021, I have sought involvement with outward-looking companies and organisations that are driven by innovation, a collaborative spirit and a commitment to engineer the technologies needed to propel the growth of the renewables sector in the UK and around the world. Proserv is undoubtedly one of those companies, as I have seen at close hand in my capacity as a non-executive director over the past year.

Proserv’s vision has been spearheaded and steered by its forward-thinking CEO Davis Larssen. Davis has led his team’s strategic pivot into renewables by reconfiguring oil and gas control system technologies to develop disruptive solutions for offshore wind. The potential for our sector is massive.

Davis works in partnership. At Proserv, he has built alliances with cutting-edge UK start-ups as well as leading developers and OEMs. If elected to the RenewableUK Board, he would bring that commitment to collaboration, and his experience from across the energy supply chain, to Board discussions; a crucial voice for the supply chain with know-how of working successfully with OEMs, developers and operators.

Davis knows first-hand the challenges of breaking into the renewables supply chain. But he remains optimistic, seeing especially offshore wind, including the opportunities in floating wind, as an opening for the UK to emerge as a genuine world leader, developing new technologies and industrial sectors, creating thousands of highly skilled jobs, with the chance to export this knowledge around the globe.

Davis’s outlook for how he sees Proserv’s journey ahead, his passion for seeing the expertise of start-ups find a route to commercialisation and how that could benefit and enhance the UK’s future energy system, are key factors in why I was attracted to his team last year.

Our industry has many talents. But Davis would bring an instinctive entrepreneurial spirit, leading a global business employing hundreds of people across the UK that is living the energy transition, as well as being someone who wants to listen to, understand and act on the needs of all RUK members.

I urge all RUK members to support Davis’s strong candidacy in the current RenewableUK Board Election.

Hugh McNeal

Proserv has once again earned silverware from a leading industry body, with Laura Carrigan, a Graduate Applications Engineer at our Centre of Excellence in Great Yarmouth, deservedly being chosen as Early Career Professional of the Year by Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) at a ceremony last night.

The OEUK Awards 2022 were held at the P&J Live in Aberdeen, with Proserv boasting a strong presence to support Laura’s shortlisting. Chairman David Currie and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Davis Larssen were among those in attendance. Winners across eight categories were selected from a total of 24 shortlisted finalists after scores of applications were whittled down earlier in the autumn.

Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony, Deirdre Michie, OEUK’s CEO commented, “It’s important we continue to recognise and congratulate the hard work and talent of our community – especially at a time where our sector is changing and pioneering new ways of working to help the country move towards its net zero goals while helping to ensure we deliver security of energy supply.”

Laura joined Proserv in early 2021 and in less than two years with the company, she has become a key member of our innovative and growing team, contributing significantly to the rollout of our ECG™ holistic subsea cable monitoring system for offshore wind. Our Vice President, Renewables, Paul Cook was also present at the P&J to offer Laura his support on the night.

At the start of this year, after barely 12 months with the business, Laura was the winner of a Proserv FRESH Award in the Help, Share and Communicate category. Laura has a real passion for, and commitment to sustainability and she is a leading member of our Carbon Action Group, which plays a vital role in aiding our work to fulfil our mission of becoming a net zero emissions company by 2050 or sooner.

Laura is also a strong advocate for encouraging young people to pursue careers in engineering and the STEM subjects and she regularly gives talks to university undergraduates and Girl Guides to communicate her own enthusiasm and experience.

After securing the prize, Laura said:

“I am absolutely delighted to win this award and firstly I would like to congratulate the other finalists on their well-deserved recognition. I must thank the judges and OEUK for selecting me and for making this wonderful event possible.”

“But I also need to express my gratitude to Proserv for providing me with such an opportunity to contribute to an exciting and growing part of its business, to have a role in the on-going transition at such a critical time for the energy industry and for supporting me in my development and early career. To have been considered for nomination was really motivating, so to go on and win the award itself is truly special.”

Paul Cook remarked:

“This acclaim is very well-deserved. Laura initially joined us in 2019 as a three-month student intern. In that short time she contributed significantly to a FEED study exploring the technical basis for our future innovation of a disruptive new solution for subsea cable monitoring that would harness our existing Proserv technologies and expertise. This study was one of the first stepping stones to the development of the ECG™ system.

“Since then, Laura has come into the team as an applications engineer and her undoubted talents and potential are bringing major impacts as we seek to develop further exciting technologies for the offshore wind segment.”

Davis Larssen commented:

“Congratulations to Laura on this excellent achievement. Although she has only been with Proserv for a short time, she has made an immediate and positive impression. Our renewables strategy is a core part of Proserv’s future direction and growth strategy and Laura is already a key contributor to this work.”

“Her role as a leader within our Carbon Action Group is equally important as we seek to make and identify the necessary operational efficiencies that will help us with our target of becoming a carbon net zero company in the years to come.”

David Currie observed:

“Nurturing and developing young talent sits at the heart of Proserv’s values and so it is excellent to see Laura’s potential and capability highlighted in this way. I first met Laura at an offshore wind exhibition soon after she joined us and her enthusiasm and knowledge shone through.”

“As we look ahead to the future of our industry, Laura and her generation have a tremendous opportunity to become the ultimate baton carriers for the on-going energy transition. Laura has the passion and motivation to play a vital part in that task.”

Tie-up augments Proserv’s sand sampling system design and manufacturing capabilities with SMS’s real-time monitoring and analytics solutions.

Global controls technology company Proserv has announced that it has signed an agreement with Aberdeen based sand and erosion monitoring, analytics and management experts SMS.

The deal sees SMS become the exclusive agent and representative for Proserv’s sampling activities across Malaysia. The arrangement brings Proserv’s sampling system know-how, equipment design and high-quality manufacturing, delivering safe, enclosed and portable solutions, together with SMS’s sand monitoring technologies.

SMS engages non-intrusive corrosion and erosion sensors to supply real-time monitoring and data acquisition which when analysed and interpreted by subject matter experts can enable swift identification of incipient problems that, without appropriate intervention, could halt production via equipment damage or failure.

It is expected that Proserv and SMS’s combined offering will give clients a step change in the visibility of the condition and integrity of flowlines and, through the live measurement of sand quantities, will allow operators to make informed early strategy decisions around production rates, maintenance planning and ultimately the life of critical infrastructure.

Malaysia and the wider Southeast Asia region have a significant need for effective, real-time monitoring and assessment of sand levels in oil and gas production flowlines to alleviate erosion risks, improve safety and reduce the threat of downtime.

Andrew Kinsler, Operations Director, SMS commented:

“We are delighted to formalise the signing of this agreement to act as Proserv’s representative in Malaysia, as this underpins a truly constructive and on-going working relationship. Proserv has a reputation for innovating disruptive solutions to support improved efficiencies, better reliability of infrastructure and ultimately the optimisation of assets.”

“This is equally what we at SMS provide to the market, around the globe, with our cutting-edge sand monitoring, integrity management and data analytics solutions, substantially enhancing the well performance of our clients. Malaysia represents the first market region where our combined SMS and Proserv offering could make a real difference to production levels and performance.”

As part of the tie-up, Proserv will also establish a service centre in Malaysia located at SMS’s local facility in Labuan. This will be based upon the successful model in operation at Proserv’s main Sampling Centre of Excellence in Aberdeen and at its sites in the US, Norway, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The centre will supply both servicing and sampling equipment rental.

Following the signing of the agreement, Proserv’s General Manager, Sampling, Sean Andersson added:

“Forging this arrangement with SMS is an exciting development for Proserv’s global sampling business. SMS offers genuinely impactful monitoring capabilities and we believe that our collaboration, fusing our own renowned system design expertise with such digital technologies, will advance real gains and benefits to the Malaysian market.”

“There are many synergies between our businesses, particularly in terms of our value proposition for our customers, and so we will seek to identify further ways by which we can maximise this tie-up more widely.”

Today marks the final day of the ADIPEC Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi. It has been a great and busy event for our team in the UAE capital. Our VP, Services, Angus Rodger took time out earlier this week to give an interview to OGV Energy about our broad activities in the Middle East, the messages we are relaying to ADIPEC’s visitors and delegates and why we were recently voted the Service & Solutions Company of the Year for the Middle East and Africa by the Energy Industries Council.

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The ADIPEC Exhibition and Conference is now in full swing in Abu Dhabi and today our VP, Services, Angus Rodger has featured in a full page interview in the ADIPEC Show Daily newspaper. In the article, Angus talks about our on-going success in the Middle East and our exciting global technology development, incorporating real-time condition monitoring and intelligence insights.

Angus is part of our strong team attending ADIPEC this year. Please come and see us at Stand 8336. To read Angus’s interview, please click on the below.

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The win represents the latest achievement in a string of successes for the regional team.

Global controls technology company Proserv has picked up a major regional industry award from leading trade body the Energy Industries Council (EIC), taking home the prize in the Service & Solutions category across the Middle East and Africa. The ceremony took place on October 13th in Abu Dhabi with Service & Solutions the most keenly contested of the seven awards handed out on the day.

This latest honour is yet another piece of silverware for Proserv’s regional team after it won the EIC’s global Service & Solutions category in 2021 and finished as a runner-up earlier this month at the EIC Awards Dinner held at the Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London.

John Bright, Operations Director, MEA received the trophy on behalf of Proserv from Ryan McPherson, Regional Director & GM, ME, Africa & CIS for the EIC.

John, who led and drove Proserv’s EIC nomination and shortlisting including its inclusion in the latest Survive & Thrive Insight Report, said afterwards:

“Many thanks to the EIC for hosting yet another excellent awards event as part of its much-appreciated global support to the sector.

“This recognition, following our strong showing earlier this month and our win last year, is further testament to the great work our whole Middle East team is doing, building vital partnerships with major clients on the back of our expertise, our expanding capabilities and impressive reputation. Well-deserved congratulations to everyone.”

Move reinforces Proserv’s proactive pivot towards innovating further disruptive technology solutions for offshore wind and the wider energy segment.

Global controls technology company Proserv has acquired a minority stake in Glasgow based power system monitoring expert, Synaptec, with whom it had initially formed a strategic alliance in October 2020 to drive forward the innovation of disruptive condition-monitoring technologies for the energy sector.

Synaptec developed as a spin out business from Strathclyde University in 2014 with its management team, Board of Directors and Advisory Board comprising former leaders from the power sector, academic professors and energy entrepreneurs.

A technology consortium led and driven by Proserv, including Synaptec and subsea power cable engineering and consultancy specialists BPP Cable Solutions, with initial support from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC), has collaborated to innovate the pioneering holistic cable monitoring system, ECG™, for the offshore wind segment.

Proserv’s ECG utilises Synaptec’s passive electrical and mechanical instrumentation systems, integrating its unique distributed electromechanical sensors, or DES, as a key element. The potential capabilities of ECG, regarding real-time monitoring and predictive insights, saw it receive £1mn development funding from Innovate UK in 2021, alongside subsequent industrial sponsorship from ScottishPower Renewables and Equinor.

The technology has won a landmark contract on phases A and B of the vast Dogger Bank Wind Farm and it is to be demonstrated on Equinor’s floating Hywind Scotland Wind Farm later this year.

Synaptec is one of several technology disrupters and start-ups with whom Proserv has recently forged alliances, including data analytics firm Intelligent Plant in late 2020 and real-time optimisation innovators Ortomation just last month. These moves reflect Proserv’s collaborative philosophy towards innovation, as well as its strategic roadmap to pivot its business to the needs and priorities of the evolving energy transition.

This investment strengthens an already fruitful connection between Proserv and Synaptec, who will continue their work together to create and deliver instrumentation solutions to solve the many challenges faced by offshore renewables developers.

Proserv’s Vice President, Renewables, Paul Cook commented:

“We have formed a close working relationship with the Synaptec team over the past two years as we have combined our controls and integration expertise, and reputation, with its own unique power system monitoring capabilities, leading to the generation of disruptive new solutions to support the offshore wind space.

“We look forward to further collaboration as we seek to identify more opportunities where we can deploy our know-how right across the energy sector.”

Synaptec’s Chairman Dave Pratt remarked:

“Synaptec is delighted that Proserv has become one of our investors, joining our existing shareholders who also supported this funding round. As a well-established, experienced provider of control and instrumentation systems, Proserv brings fundamental technical and commercial expertise which will be vital to ‘business as usual’ implementation of Synaptec’s sensor technology.

“Our integrated systems are already being deployed on the world’s largest offshore wind farm and the world’s first floating wind farm. Proserv’s investment and support will help Synaptec scale up to meet increasing market demand.”

As part of the transaction, Proserv’s Chief Executive Officer Davis Larssen will take up a seat on Synaptec’s Board of Directors. Speaking after the agreement, he said:

“I am delighted to take up a seat on Synaptec’s Board. This is a team comprising both technical excellence and a pioneering, creative outlook, very much like our own.

“Our commitment to acquiring a stake in the business cements our relationship further and builds progressively on what has been an open and constructive alliance. At Proserv, we always seek to develop and nurture partnerships that will ultimately lead to genuine gains and benefits for the broader energy market.”