NeSSIE goes live!

September has so far marked a major step forward for one of Scotland’s most exciting new EU-funded projects. NeSSIE (North Sea Solutions for Innovation in Corrosion for Energy), co-funded by the EU’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund programme, will bring companies together from around the North Sea and beyond to deliver new business and investment opportunities for the oil and gas and wider marine supply chains. The project focuses on new solutions for combating corrosion – a critical factor in any offshore and subsea activity. 

Emanating from Scotland’s engagement in the Vanguard Initiative ADMA Energy Pilot, the project will support companies across Europe to scope and develop demonstration projects for corrosion solutions, as well as new materials for use in the offshore renewable energy sector. The solutions developed will be targeted at reducing costs and supporting these emerging sectors, building on Scotland’s significant subsea strength and providing new opportunities for participating companies. 

Following NeSSIE’s official launch during 2017’s EU Maritime Day earlier this year in Poole, the project’s website has now gone live, coinciding with this September’s Offshore Europe Conference in Aberdeen. Work is underway to identify the companies interested in being part of the project, and as one of the project’s first outputs, the University of Edinburgh is developing a technology roadmap for corrosion to ascertain those highest-impact demonstration projects to be prioritsed for development.

Speaking recently about the project, Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy said:

“Corrosion presents a significant challenge to the offshore renewable energy sector, and that is why I am very pleased to see that Scotland is taking a lead role in helping industry to tackle it.

“We want to utilise our unique subsea infrastructure, and industry and academic expertise gained from both the renewables and oil and gas sectors, to encourage our European neighbours to choose Scotland as the place to collaborate and work together, in order to find innovative solutions to corrosion.

“If successful, the NeSSIE project should create savings across the sector, and, through helping improve the longevity of assets, this assists developers to maximise the production of greener, more affordable energy.”

Maggie McGinlay, Director for Energy at Scottish Enterprise has furthermore commented that:

“Projects like NeSSIE are a great way for our subsea supply chain to collaborate with European partners to diversify and deliver market ready solutions in emerging markets such as renewables. This project presents a unique opportunity for Scotland’s world leading subsea companies. It’s great to see Scotland leading on this project and capitalising on its tremendous expertise and track record in Energy in the North Sea.” 

Led by Scottish Enterprise, the project has a broad mix of partners from across Europe within the consortium, including the Basque Energy Cluster (Spain), ASTER Società Consortile per Azioni (Italy), Sirris – Het Collectief Centrum Van de Technologische Industrie (Belgium), Svenskt Marintekniskt Forum (Sweden), University of Edinburgh (Scotland), FAEN Fundación Asturiana de la Energía (Spain) and Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster (Italy).

The project is testament to the partners’ position at the forefront of marine expertise, and to Scotland’s reputation as a key European player in subsea and marine energy.

NeSSIE is open to companies within any of the partner regions with an interest in the field of corrosion and materials in subsea environments, get in touch with mark.georgeson@scotent.co.uk or jan.reid@scotent.co.uk at Scottish Enterprise, or visit the project website to find out more about the wider plans for NeSSIE’s development.

Stephanie Abrahams - September 18, 2017