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Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon MP, the former Defence Secretary and former Energy Minister, will unveil a report into local content in the Offshore Wind industry at an event in Middlesbrough on 19 April.

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A result of the technological revolution, our society is now more interconnected than ever before. However, despite our dependence on gadgets, glitches still occur and technology can fail us from time-to-time. While the most we have to deal with is a smashed smartphone screen or an unresponsive laptop, what happens if the problem is located deep on the ocean floor?

Minimising the emissions of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from oil tankers during the fluctuating ambient conditions experienced during sea voyages is vitally important from both environmental and commercial points of view.

ENDRESS+HAUSER says its iTherm StrongSens sensor cuts replacement costs and improves safety. The company says processes with high vibrations caused by pumps, compressors and turbines, for example, can often lead to premature failure of temperature sensors and increased operational costs as sensors need to be replaced more frequently and more worryingly, unreliable temperature monitoring on rotating parts (such as bearings) can lead to a safety risk through overheating of equipment.

Transvac Systems from Derbyshire, UK, is a  leading supplier of Ejector solutions, committed to pushing the boundaries of Ejector performance and finding ways to apply the technology to new applications.

Hydraulic cutting tools and systems specialist, Webtool, will exhibit a wide range of high performance, subsea and maritime cutting tools, together with the industry leading Webtool cable gripper, at Subsea Expo 2018 on stand 124.

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Editor's Comment 

The UK oil and gas sector is fighting hard in a bid to restore competitiveness, and expects to have improved efficiency and its average unit operating cost by more than 40% compared with two years ago.

The current challenges for the offshore oil & gas industry are significant. But it is also important to recognise there are also continuing opportunities. Concerted action by the industry to improve efficiency across the sector is leading to an estimated 22% – over £2 billion – reduction in the cost of operating existing assets by the end of 2016. Supported by the first annual production increase for 15 years, the unit cost of operating UK oil and gas assets will also improve.

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