Memorial University signs MOU with Norwegian company
Memorial University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with EUREKA PUMPS of Norway, a pump supplier with more than 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, offering a range of pumps and generator sets that covers a majority of applications. The MOU will mean collaboration on research activities, teaching, and employment of engineering co-op students.
This MOU allows EUREKA to become more active in Newfoundland and Labrador, and EUREKA CEO Jarle Tautra is excited about the opportunities.
“Memorial University is an international leader in innovative cold ocean research,” she said. “Our 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and offshore Newfoundland and Labrador challenges us to continue to innovate our own technology. We want to work with Memorial University to advance our work.”
For Memorial University, the MOU means an opportunity to learn from EUREKA’s extensive experience on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and its activity in international markets.
“We are excited about the opportunities for our students and researchers to work directly with EUREKA,” said Dr. Greg Naterer, dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “This will be a great learning opportunity for them to partner with EUREKA on the development of ocean technologies.”
The MOU has created work term opportunities for Memorial engineering students at EUREKA’s headquarters in Oslo, Norway, where design, engineering, assembly and testing are carried out. The students will learn from EUREKA’s global training system for operators and technicians. The MOU also gives Memorial University researchers opportunities to work at EUREKA’s proposed offshore pump test and service test facility in the province. They plan on exchanging researching publications, collaborating on projects and pursuing educational initiatives with Memorial.
EUREKA PUMPS is one of five companies in the Align Group, a leading supplier of production equipment and safety critical products and solutions. EUREKA PUMPS’ main office is in Oslo (Lysaker) Norway, and branch offices are at strategic locations along the Norwegian coast. It has offices in Houston, Perth and Rio.
EUREKA PUMPS NFLD Ltd is committed to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Norwegian company recently incorporated its Canadian operation and a new office in St. John’s, in association with Pennecon Energy Technical Services Limited, naming local industry leader Rob Strong as a Director. These investments allow EUREKA to expand its plans for sales and project management, and its After Sales Service activities in the region.