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The subsea cluster

Since the early 1980s the subsea industry in the region has expanded into one of the world’s most complete environments for subsea technology. In the Bergen region you are forced to deal with the seas and the weather, so the industry has been built around this to use it to an advantage. Adversity has created a very powerful force in the industry today in the region.

In the year of 2006 the industrial cluster was appointed as the Norwegian Centre of Expertise Subsea, by the Norwegian Government. The Bergen region is a global focal point and is widely recognized as the subsea capital for maintenance, modification and operation of subsea installations, as well as condition, environment and resource monitoring, providing a full spectre of products and services to the industry.

Leading operators and main contractors are working close with numerous innovative third-party contractors and educational and research institutes in the region. In addition, there are a vast number of companies supporting the industry. The region has over a hundred companies and organizations with subsea as their main business area. The subsea industry in the region involves more than 4,000 employees, and international activity is high. Complete information regarding NCE Subsea, its long list of affiliates, and it wide spectrum of activities can be found on the website http://eng.ncesubsea.no/.

Looking outwards
The ever growing economic globalisation makes all companies increasingly more exposed to competition in their own home market. At the same time this also gives huge opportunities for expansion and growth in new markets, especially now that the demand for products and services is at a high. One of NCE Subsea’s main objectives is therefore to contribute to the internationalisation of regional industry.

Shaping the future
The key to continued development is the competence that the organizations possess in the shape of staff and network. NCE Subsea initiates and arranges courses, education and projects on subsea technology, collaboration and innovation. NCE Subsea works to improve the access to a qualified workforce for members of the cluster. Challenging jobs in combination with a rich cultural life, magnificent nature and Scandinavian working environment makes more and more people choose to move to and settle in Hordaland.

At Bergen Science Centre, VilVite, NCE Subsea and partners have installed a 3D simulator where children and adults can experience parts of the subsea world through the virtual operation of a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) at the Ormen Lange installation.

As the market expands, globalisation spreads and technologies develop, the subsea cluster in the Bergen region will be ready to meet the challenge and defend and develop its position as the subsea capital for maintenance, modification and operation.

© NCE Subsea

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