Seven businesses from across the north of Scotland picked up top titles at the 2014 Energy North Awards.
More than 250 people from across the region attended event in Inverness, where special guests included former Minister of State for Energy, Charles Hendry, who commended the ‘expertise, imagination and drive’ of energy companies in Scotland
The awards recognise the important contribution organisations and individuals from across the region make to the success of the oil and gas, renewable energy and supply chain industries.
This year’s awards featured two new categories, Best Innovation and Best Trainee/Apprentice.
The first reflects the growing importance of innovation and technological advancement to the future of the sector. The winners were:
- Best Oil & Gas Industry Service Supplier: Richard Irvin Energy Solutions
- Best Renewable Energy Service Supplier: Leask Marine
- Best Renewable Energy Project: Albatern (Isle of Muck Project)
- Best Exporter: Aquatera
- Best Trainee / Apprentice: Scott Jeromson, Ocean Kinetics
- Energy North Ambassador 2014: – Nicholas Gubbins, Community Energy Scotland
The top award, Energy North Ambassador of the Year is especially noteworthy as the winner is nominated by their industry peers. This year’s winner, Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland, commented: “I am very pleased to accept the award in recognition of the role which the community energy movement has had in the development of renewables.
“Community projects continue to have a strong impact in Scotland. Hundreds of communities have activists planning, and operating hydro schemes, wind turbines and woodfuel systems.
“Communities are at the forefront of the Local Energy Economies concept, which utilises locally-generated energy to strengthen social and economic future , increases energy security and protects our environment too.”
Ian Couper, Chief Executive, Energy North, said: “This has been an excellent year for the north energy industry, with the work of the Energy North Oil and Gas Taskforce progressing well, and several announcements paving the way for new contracts and jobs in areas such as Caithness, Shetland and the Moray Firth.”