Deirdre Michie OBE speaks with Group CEO David Currie, Proserv Controls CEO Davis Larssen and key team members during Skene Facility tour in Aberdeen.

Last week Deirdre Michie OBE, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Offshore Energies UK (OEUK), visited Proserv’s Skene Facility in Aberdeen to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the North Sea Transition Deal (NSTD), a key strategic roadmap for the realignment of the UK energy sector as the drive to cleaner and more sustainable energy provision accelerates.

Last year, following the release of the NSTD, Group CEO David Currie spoke publicly about “bringing the present into the future” as a key requirement for the industry. During her visit, OEUK’s CEO heard about Proserv’s ability and strategy to harness its leading capabilities in subsea controls technology to extend the life of vital infrastructure, and improve performance reliability and efficiencies, thus reducing carbon intensive interventions to replace obsolete equipment, alleviating waste and reducing emissions.

Deirdre Michie was also informed about Proserv’s abilities across the energy value chain from deploying its intervention workover control system (IWOCS) expertise to support the decommissioning of mature offshore installations around the globe, through to its disruptive new holistic cable monitoring system for offshore wind, ECG™, and how the team has recently secured a major contract win on the Dogger Bank Wind Farm.

OEUK’s CEO was guided on her tour by several key members of the Skene Facility team including Billy Kenny, Senior QHSE Adviser, Neil Munro, Senior Project Manager and Bilal Goheer, Senior Project Engineer.

Deirdre Michie was shown a range of equipment including Proserv’s unique and cutting-edge Artemis 2G (A2G) subsea electronics module, the core component of its augmented controls technology (ACT) offering to extend asset life and avoid waste and replacement.

Speaking after the visit, Davis Larssen commented:

“It was a pleasure to host OEUK CEO Deirdre Michie at one of our Aberdeen sites and to see some of our talented team members demonstrating Proserv’s capabilities, expertise and our vision for the future to the leader of one of our industry’s leading trade bodies.

“As a controls technology company, the transition offers us a great opportunity not only for further innovation but to harness our decades worth of experience to make a difference to our customers’ carbon emissions and efficiencies, and to support sustainable energy generation through our solutions for offshore wind.”

David Currie stated:

“A year ago, on the rollout of the NSTD, I mentioned that the industry must bring the present into the future by adapting and re-imagining methodologies and by moving into new areas of the energy landscape.

“Proserv’s team has already embarked on that process. Digital technology and renewable energy are key components of our advancement as a business but, equally, oil and gas continue to play a central role in the global energy mix and in offering us energy security. We greatly appreciated an opportunity to share our insights and feedback with Deirdre Michie at such a pivotal time for our sector.”

Following her tour of Proserv’s Skene Facility, Deirdre Michie observed:

“As we mark the first anniversary of the publication of the NSTD, it was illuminating to see how one of our member companies, a technology driven business, is responding to the transition.

“In the UK, we have a long-standing heritage around subsea excellence in the North Sea, and we must safeguard that vast experience and know-how. It is inspiring to see Proserv using its current capabilities to play its part in enabling oil and gas to be an ever more efficient operation, while harnessing that skill set as a foundation to innovate new, exciting solutions for offshore wind, as our energy industry continues to evolve.”