A world leader in the field of operating, maintaining and modifying subsea equipment.

The experience and operational expertise of the industrial players, supporting businesses and the R&D and educational institutions make GCE Ocean Technology a global knowledge hub within oil and gas.

With the North Sea and the offshore oil and gas industry at our doorstep, subsea competence has played a major role in Norway’s success in the industry. The subsea cluster is a world leader in operating, maintaining and modifying subsea equipment to recover more oil and gas from the reservoirs.

The main subsea hub

The cluster is centred on Coast Center Base at Ågotnes west of Bergen, the world’s largest base for subsea aftermarket activities. Nowhere in the world will you find a larger portfolio of subsea equipment at a single location and as many people working in and affiliated with the industry. A substantial part of the activity is associated with Equinor and their subsea tool pools for the Norwegian continental shelf. The cluster is also facilitated at VilVite, Marineholmen in Bergen.

Take a look at this video and learn more about the subsea cluster and industry in Greater Bergen.  

Big on export

Export of Norwegian subsea technology has grown considerably. The cluster has international ambitions and engagements, and is eager to enter new markets.

Technology experts

Subsea companies in the region collaborate through the cluster organisation GCE Ocean Technolgy. The cluster has strong expertise in a range of subsea-related disciplines, including:

  • Enhanced oil and gas recovery through life-of-field services and supply of subsea equipment
  • Operation and development of the world’s largest subsea fields
  • Design, engineering and fabrication of subsea equipment
  • Advanced subsea multi-phase and single-phase pumps and compressors
  • Advanced subsea instrumentation and sensor technology
  • Subsea equipment such as umbilicals, flowlines, connectors and valves
  • Meteorology, oceanography and the marine environment


R&D infrastructure

The educational and research institutions include Norce, Institute of Marine Research and SINTEF. They operate a large and varied R&D infrastructure including subsea test sites, advanced multiphase flow rigs, facilities for pressure and temperature testing, environmental laboratories, advanced chemical laboratories for fluid characterization and dedicated experimental facilities for enhanced oil recovery.

Cross-industry innovation

Benefits do not only arise within clusters. Work across industry boundaries leads to innovation, and there is close collaboration between subsea technology and other important industries in the region. 

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