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Oil sector awards presented in ‘challenging’ times

Deirdre MichieOil industry companies were honoured at an annual awards event in Aberdeen in what  Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, described as “challenging” times.

“This is a notable year – marking both fifty years of progress in exploration and production in the UK – and also an important turning point in how we do business,” she told 600 guests who attended the presentation ceremony.

“Over the last five decades, ground breaking, highly skilled people have pushed the boundaries of technology to overcome the engineering challenges of operating in one of the most hostile basins in the world. Our 2015 Awards highlight and share the examples of success in the last year, which are so important in inspiring our drive for improvement in the future.

“We all know that we’re gathering this year in markedly different circumstances to the last time we met.  We also know it’s really important to take time to celebrate the great people and achievements that have made this industry a national treasure that we are all very proud of.

“Whilst we look back with pride on our achievements over the past year, we also look forward with courage and – together – tackle the challenges we face head on.”

The event was hosted by James Naughtie,  presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and chancellor of Stirling University. The evening also included a speech from Paul Goodfellow, upstream director, UK and Ireland, Shell UK, who reflected on the industry’s 50 year heritage, highlighting the need to continue to challenge and push the boundaries of global oil and gas development and bring skilled people and new technologies together.

Ms Michie added: “We are pleased that this year we have an additional, very relevant, entry in the Awards line-up – The MER UK Award. I am delighted that we are working with Andy Samuel, CEO of the OGA and his team to showcase this new award, as co-operation is also the cornerstone of the tripartite approach to maximising economic recovery being taken by industry, Treasury and the OGA.”

Andy Samuel, chief executive of the OGA, said: “We were delighted to have a very strong field for the inaugural MER UK Awards – with many great examples of companies pioneering new, more collaborative ways of working. I hope that recognising and sharing the positive behaviours of the award winners will encourage other companies to adopt these good practices and drive cultural change across the UKCS.”

The winners across the seven categories were:

  • Apprentice of the Year – Greig McKendry, Wood Group PSN
  • Graduate of the Year – Graeme Allan, BP
  • Mentor of the Year – Russell Morrice, BP
  • Investment in People (SME) – ActivityMix
  • Investment in People (Large Enterprise) – Amec Foster Wheeler
  • Business Innovation (SME) – SeaEnergy PLC
  • Business Innovation (Large Enterprise) – Nexen Petroleum UK
  • MER UK Awards – Nexen Petroleum U; Northern North Sea Operational Gas Group (TAQA, CNR International (UK); EnQuest, Dana Petroleum, Fairfield Energy, BP, Shell UK and Esso); Centrica; and Total E&P UK and DONG Energy.

The Oil & Gas UK Award for Apprentice of the Year and the Oil & Gas UK Award for Graduate of the Year recognise the next generation of talent in the offshore oil and gas industry.

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