GeoScan project to provide certainty and innovation to offshore energy


The GeoScan project, launched by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, will provide certainty and data collection capabilities to the offshore energy industry; whether its wind of even oil and gas. The project was launched last week with the aim of de-risking offshore installations.

Firstly, the project comes from Canadian company PanGeo Subsea Inc., along with BC-based partner Cellula Robotics and the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Secondly, the GeoScan project will particularly reconfigure PanGeo’s Acoustic Corer with Cellula’s robotic system; this would allow for a wider area scan while achieving depths greater than 30m sub-seabed.

Thirdly, after the enhanced scanning technology, the project will provide a 3D volumetric interpretation of the sub-seabed geology; with also enhanced resolution and increased competitiveness for the global offshore renewable energy sector.

Moreover, the project has a total value of $3,4 million; Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will provide $2 million in funding to the project with the balance coming from industry partners, marking the 37th Ocean Supercluster project announced to date.

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GeoScan with campaigns in Taiwan and the U.S.

In addition, the GeoScan team will also launch its solution globally; which will position Canada as a leader in subsea scanning and offshore data collection. The GeoScan Project will create highly skilled full-time positions and placements at both PanGeo Subsea and Cellula through its development and implementation.

In fact, PanGeo CEO Moya Cahill told CBC News that because of worldwide growth in the offshore wind sector her company has grown from 15 employees to 75 over the last two years. She also said. “What’s driving our growth today is certainly offshore wind; but it can similarly be applied to the oil and gas sector as well as to marine construction.”

On the other hand, Cahill confirmed that PanGeo has campaigns in Taiwan and the eastern United States seaboard; while in Canada companies like Husky Energy are using the technology.

Finally, Cahill said. “We certainly see the global market as being what we need to reach for; and we’ve been also very successful over the last 10 years in capturing that market and being innovative leaders in site investigation offshore.”

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