This project has helped form the Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia (SICA) — a unique business model created by the coming together of Australian companies and research institutions who specialise in subsea Inspection Maintenance and Repair (IMR).
SICA has been formed to address the challenges specific to the Australian oil and gas subsea industry. Due to Australia's remote operating environment and ambient conditions, operators in the region have face highly specific challenges not found anywhere else in the world.
SICA has gathered together a range of operators, service companies and research institutions who possess the specialised knowledge and skills to better address these challenges. The technical collaboration between SICA members enables enhanced solutions, something that stand-alone vendors may not be able to achieve in isolation. Results of the SICA collaboration are anticipated to be transformative to the local industry. SICA also provides enhanced access to government R&D funds through an improved ability to collectively conceive of, bid for and manage research-linked IMR technology projects.
The initial focus of SICA is the subsea IMR sector. As this cluster grows, it will expand its focus to other subsea sectors where the Australian industry displays unique capabilities and competence.
The cluster provides academia with additional insights into the regional challenges faced by the industry and the opportunity to work with industry suppliers and service companies to develop innovative and practical solutions leading to value generation with high impact in the oil and gas industry.
With project support, SICA can raise the profile of Australia's subsea industry regionally and globally, promoting its specialised IMR knowledge and skills and strengthening its competitive advantages. Showcasing Australian industry to the world will offer a significant benefit to state and federal government through increased employment and improved export earnings. Establishing Australia as the world leader in the IMR oil and gas industry is paramount to exporting knowledge and know-how via Australian service companies.
This will lead to industry growth through:
Current Status: Contracts signed, project has commenced, 28 members have joined and three research projects have commenced under SICA.
Start: October 2017
End: NERA's involvement with SICA will be ongoing.
Total project: $274,000
Industry: $137,000 (minimum)
*Funding excludes GST.