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Scotland's celebrated its strengths at the Subsea UK Awards ceremony, held during the recent Subsea Expo in Aberdeen.

With almost half of all the world's subsea installations located in the North Sea, Scotland's subsea companies have expertise and experience developed over decades.

The awards highlighted that depth of experience and the growing international reach of the sector in Scotland.

Aberdeen-based Hydro Group, specialists in cables and connectors, won the coveted Company of the Year awards with the judges impressed by the company's growth so far and the potential for further development in international markets.

A world leader

Many technologies developed in Scotland have revolutionised the worldwide oil and gas industry. With this experience and reputation we can build and maintain what we already have, develop new opportunities and ensure we have the infrastructure we need to remain a world leader.

David Rennie, international sector head, Scottish Development International

Doug Whyte, managing director of Hydro Group, said:

"We have also invested significantly into international markets including Canada, Europe and the Far East, further supported by our Singapore-based division Hydro Group Asia, formed in 2013.

"This is an exciting time for the whole team, and we remain committed to the development of market-leading subsea cables and connectors."

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, commented:

"The past two years have been extremely challenging for the oil and gas sector, however we have continued to see an unwavering commitment from companies of all sizes to drive a real change across our industry.

"Once again, we received an incredible standard of entries for this year’s awards, demonstrating the greatest attributes of the UK subsea sector. Despite the ongoing challenges we face as an industry, it’s vital that we continue to celebrate and recognise the finest talent, leadership and contributions as we adapt to this new environment in the coming years."


Subsea UK Awards: The winners

  • Company of the Year Award: Hydro Group
  • Global Exports Award: JDR
  • Innovation for Safety Award: The Underwater Centre
  • Innovation and Technology Award: A2G Subsea
  • Young Emerging Talent Award: Aidan O'Sullivan (Universal Pegasus)
  • Small Company of the Year Award: EC-OG
  • Outstanding Contribution to Subsea Award: Ian Donald (Enpro Subsea)

Scotland's subsea strengths

Scotland boasts a network of around 370 subsea engineering companies, offering a range of products and services to the £50 billion global market.

Globally recognised

Subsea technology and engineering know-how, honed in the North Sea, in the early eighties are now used around the world in the extraction of hydrocarbons. Scotland has the largest concentration of subsea engineering in the world, with Aberdeen recognised globally as a centre of subsea excellence.

Neil Gordon, chief executive, Subsea UK

We know that our companies have the skills and experience required to make your next subsea engineering project a success.

That's why helping our companies become global leaders in subsea engineering is at the heart of Scotland's new Subsea Action Plan, including a commitment to help key international partners build new connections with Scottish companies.

Read Scotland's Subsea Action Plan

Services available in Scotland that can be quickly adapted for international markets include:

  • Feasibility studies (e.g. survey and analysis for oil fields or offshore wind sites
  • Front-end engineering and design (FEED) of proposed new developments
  • Equipment procurement, investment and construction (EPIC)
  • Enterprise asset management (EAM)
  • Inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM)
  • Decommissioning
  • Training, testing and consultancy
  • Subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF)
  • Specialist tooling, sensor, control and communication products for use in ROVs, AUVs and submarines

And working with Scottish partners, contractors and suppliers can help your subsea project in other sectors too, including:

  • Aquaculture
  • Construction
  • Digital
  • Defence
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Marine
  • Mineral extraction
  • Renewables

Ready to work with Scotland's subsea specialists?

We can help you find the right partners, contractors and suppliers from Scotland's specialist subsea companies.

From making the most of extensive research organisations and facilities to building relationships with the innovative Scottish supply chain companies that have helped drive the sector in the North Sea, we can find the right support for your project - wherever it is in the world.

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