GCE Subsea is one of the three global centres of expertise in Norway and is part of the GCE programme, which is owned by Innovation Norway, the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway (Siva) and the Research Council of Norway. The programme has a ten-year perspective and is financed by the Norwegian government.
GCE Subsea’s main hub, the Coast Center Base, is located in Ågotnes, west of Bergen, the second largest city in Norway. Bergen is the subsea capital of the world in terms of service, maintenance, operation and monitoring. The accumulated expertise offered by companies in the region is second to none globally.
The centre brings together the Norwegian subsea industry and promotes its further development by increasing innovation.
Norway’s subsea industry has succeeded due to hard work, innovation and collaboration. Over time its companies and R&D institutions have developed great expertise that enables the local businesses to challenge each other and face common issues together.
At present, there are some 150 subsea-related companies in the region alone. Several of these are also active in the more traditional oil and gas segment. In 2011, these companies employed just under 4,500 people and had a turnover of over NOK 60 billion. The cluster comprises everything from multi-billion corporations to companies with only a few employees.
Active participation in UTC
This year, the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) will feature a new format for Day Zero, offering a nice warm-up to the main conference. The programme for Day Zero, 14 June, will include two parallel sessions in the afternoon.
Day Zero will be hosted in collaboration between the Underwater Technology Foundation (UTF), GCE Subsea and DNB.
Read more on UTC Introduces Day Zero Program.
The GCE Programme
In 2014 Innovation Norway, SIVA and the Research Council of Norway announced the establishment of a new Norwegian programme for cluster development.
The existing programmes Arena and Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) are continued and a third level was established with the Global Centre of Expertise. The three programs constitute the different levels in the Norwegian Innovation Cluster program.
The Global Centre of Expertise is an industry initiative that works to strengthen and internationalize businesses, R&D and education in the field. The programme has a ten-year perspective and is financed by the Norwegian government.
The number of centres is limited so that they can focus their efforts on strengthening ongoing innovation and internationalization processes in the most modern, sustainable and ambitious industrial clusters in Norway.
In June 2015, NCE Subsea was awarded the status Global Centre of Expertise (GCE) and the company name was changed to GCE Subsea.