by Tina Olivero

    Finalists in the global SPE Offshore Achievement Awards 2017

    Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, the annual awards recognise some of the industry’s most innovative technology developments as well as talented individuals and exceptional large and small company performance. This year’s shortlist comprises a wide cross-section of the offshore sector, with companies large and small, spanning a variety of sub-sectors, represented.

    Categories including Innovator, Emerging Technology and Young Professional have proven popular with entrants this year. For the first time in 2017, organisers have also introduced an additional stage of shortlisting for this Young Professional category, which will see each finalist take part in a filmed interview with a panel of industry judges. From there, three finalists will be selected before the winner is announced on the night.

    Ian Phillips, chairman of SPE Aberdeen and chief executive of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, said: “The sheer quality and variety of entries we have received this year reflects everything that is great about our industry, particularly our ability to adapt to a volatile economic environment. It’s clear that the UK’s oil and gas operators and service companies have truly risen to the challenge, in particular developing some of the world’s most advanced technology whilst remaining as cost-effective as possible. 

    “As ever, our expert industry judging panel has spent a significant amount of time judging each entry before selecting the strongest contenders. I would like to congratulate all those who have been shortlisted for the 2017 awards, and I look forward to celebrating the winners at the ceremony in March.”

    Winners at the 2016 award ceremony included Interventek Subsea Engineering for Emerging Technology, Tendeka for Great Large Company and Dan Purkis of Well-SENSE was recognised for his Significant Contribution to the oil and gas industry.

    Donald Taylor, acting managing director for TAQA Europe said: “It is reassuring to see so many companies and individuals taking the time to share their success stories and enter into the awards this year.  The quality of the entries, particularly those shortlisted, demonstrates how much the industry is still driving forward, finding innovative solutions and efficiencies against a persistently challenging background.”

    The 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards finalists are:

    Innovator (sponsored by OGIC)

    Delphian Ballistics

    Enpro Subsea

    M-FLOW Technologies

    Emerging Technology (sponsored by Nexen)


    M-FLOW Technologies

    PlanSea Ltd

    Safety Innovations (sponsored by Offshore Europe Partnership)

    Cape plc

    Cyberhawk Innovations


    Environmental Innovation




    Export Achievement

    Churchill Drilling Tools

    Cyberhawk Innovations

    JDR Cable Systems Ltd


    Decom North Sea

    Maersk Oil/Amec Foster Wheeler/Bilfinger Salamis

    Wood Group

    Outstanding Skills Development Programme (sponsored by Heriot Watt University)

    Fabricom Offshore Services


    Young Professional (sponsored by BP)

    Marianne McKevitt – BP

    Richard Eckersley – Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited

    Mandy Johnstone – N-Sea

    Sam Lisney – Petrofac EPS West

    Richard Turner – RS Clare & Company Ltd

    Natalie Jackson – Shell U.K. Ltd

    Above and Beyond

    Mandy Marriner – JDR Cable Systems Ltd

    Bob Banks – Petrofac EPS West

    Sam Lisney – Petrofac EPS West

    Sharon Robertson – Wood Group PSN

    Great Small Company (sponsored by Wood Group PSN)

    Churchill Drilling Tools

    Enpro Subsea

    Step Change Engineering

    Great Large Company

    Aker Solutions

    JDR Cable Systems Ltd

    Wood Group

    Significant Contribution (sponsored by Aker Solutions)

    Announced at the ceremony

    More than 500 industry professionals are expected to attend the awards ceremony, taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on Thursday 23 March 2017. 

    For more information and booking details, please visit www.spe-oaa.org

    About SPE

    The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 168,000 members in 144 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses, and online resources at www.spe.org.

    About SPE Aberdeen

    The SPE Aberdeen Section is the 7th largest of the 216 SPE Sections in the world, and supports five of the 368 student chapters globally.  The Aberdeen Section has more than 2,500 members and is run entirely by volunteers.

    SPE Aberdeen members represent a range of ages, genders and nationalities, and the five student chapters that the Section supports are at universities in Scotland. SPE Aberdeen works closely with the oil and gas industry, Scottish universities and local schools, institutes and academia, to advance the learning and technical excellence in all aspects of the industry: offshore, onshore and internationally.

    SPE Aberdeen won the SPE International Award for Section Excellence for a record-breaking seventh consecutive year in 2016. For more information on this award-winning section, please visit http://www.spe-uk.org

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