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The Carbon Trust has launched the fourth stage of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), with all industry partners returning to participate and fund collaborative research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects. Partners for Stage 4 are EnBW, Equinor, Ørsted, RWE Renewables (including the former renewables business of innogy), ScottishPower Renewables, Shell, SSE Renewables, and Vattenfall.

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With 2020 set to be a transformative year for the offshore oil and gas industry, asset owners must walk a tightrope between short term cost cutting, and long-term investment that fuels rapid downturn recovery. Graeme Turnbull, system product manager at AAF International, reports.

Cyberhawk, a leader in drone-based inspection and creator of iHawk, a cloud-based asset visualisation software, has announced it has secured a five-year contract with the world’s largest LNG producer for the provision of drone inspection, surveying and data visualisation services.

The timely application of the LOCTITE Composite Repair System to a damaged petrol vessel allowed a petrochemical facility to continue processing for several months until a new vessel could be installed. The company responsible for this solution is a leading pipeline repair specialist, Hydratight.

Production benefits of hundreds of millions of dollars per asset can be realised through the use of in-well fibre optic technology when the vast amounts of data produced are managed and translated rapidly into actionable insights. This is according to a new white paper from LYTT, a leading provider of specialist data analytics designed and proven to increase the performance of industrial assets.

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Editor's Comment 

As the UK begins to come out of lockdown, recent surveys highlight how a post-COVID-19 world might look like. Many manufacturers according to One World Express, may look to expand into new global markets, and not rely on any one single market as previously. The lockdown has also opened up opportunities by selling to new demographically diverse customers which may continue beyond the pandemic.

This unprecedented period in all our lives has highlighted the importance of UK manufacturing to not only the economic prosperity of our country but also the societal significance of the sector. The Prime Minister’s recent call on the UK’s manufacturers to help step up production of vital medical equipment, such as ventilators illustrates this. Responding to coronavirus and reducing the spread of the peak requires a national effort, and UK manufacturers are rising to the task in ways that were never thought feasible.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has highlighted that one key aspect of addressing the damaging shortage of engineering skills in the UK economy is reducing both gender and race inequality. Despite some movement in this area the Academy says that there remains much to be done to achieve gender equality in engineering careers.

When watching films or TV shows of a certain vintage, one can’t help noticing how ubiquitous the street phone booth was for everyday ‘real-time’ communication. And there seemed to be an awful lot of paper on desks in episodes of The Bill, accompanied by the incessant clatter of manual typewriters. Needless to say, things have moved on in leaps and bounds from a technological perspective in today’s business and social world (maybe except for the reams of paper that still seem to be on quite a few office desks).

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