Welcome to the NSRI

The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) is the research arm of Subsea UK. It has been set up to bring academia and industry together to collaborate on getting technology to market much more quickly. The NSRI aims to be the focal point for the co-ordination of research and development activities for the UK’s subsea sector.

The NSRI operates across the following industries within the subsea sector:

  • Oil and Gas
  • Offshore Wind
  • Subsea Mining
  • Wave and Tidal
  • Defence
  • Ocean Science

To support its operations NSRI launched the "NSRI Matchmaker", designed to pair your technology or innovation needs with the university or specialist research centre that can help you. Matchmaker aims to provide the best and most relevant contacts for collaboration needed to progress the development of new technology. Further information on the "NSRI Matchmaker" and how your company can join can be found on the "NSRI Matchmaker" website.


Add Your Details to Matchmaker

Information on joining NSRI’s Matchmaker database can be found here.


Ongoing Projects

Subsea Testing Facility Consultation

The NSRI, on behalf of Scottish Enterprise, are testing the appetite of the subsea industry for a proposed, new underwater test and development facility. Feedback is being sought from industry via a confidential questionnaire to capture opinion and help us establish if there is a need for such a new facility. 

The questionnaire presents two scenarios: 

Scenario 1 - a dry / wet dock facility permitting System Integration Testing and Factory Acceptance Testing of Subsea Production Systems, with fluids flowing through it.

Scenario 2 - an area offshore complete with subsea architecture which would support Installation, Decommissioning, Inspection, Survey, Repair and Maintenance activities. This plant would not have fluids flowing through it. 

More detailed descriptions of the different scenarios are outlined in the attached pdf.

We ask that you consider which, if any, or both might support your company’s needs. If and where appropriate, having stated which project is your preference, please answer the subsequent questions in relation to that preferred proposal.

The survey can be found here.  Please allow between 15-30 minutes to complete it. The closing date for the submission of questionnaires is 24 September 2016 and please note that we can only accept one submission from each company.

We will be holding engagement sessions in both Aberdeen and Newcastle on the 13th and 20th September respectively. More details can be found on our events page.

Small Pools

The NSRI is involved with the small pools theme, identified by the Oil and Gas Technology Leadership Board (TLB) as a key enabler in Maximising Economic Recovery from the UK Continental Shelf. The theme is being championed by a team of representatives from Centrica, EnQuest, GE, Magma Global and the NSRI.  The NSRI is acting as the implementation body that will deliver upon the objectives identified by the team.

Branching Out

The NSRI is currently looking at expanding to incorporate the Offshore Wind and Subsea Mining industries into its "NSRI Matchmaker" website. This includes defining the technological needs of the industries in collaboration with relevant industry bodies, presenting these needs to the subsea community and developing the "NSRI Matchmaker" database. 

If you are interested in learning more do not hesitate to get in touch.

Offshore Wind:
Jamie McCallum, Project Engineer (Offshore Wind)
01224 502503

Subsea Mining:
Christer Fjellroth, Project Engineer (Subsea Mining)
01224 502502

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