Industry veteran Oonagh Werngren has been recognised for work – including her former role as operations director at Oil & Gas UK – as Significant Contribution Winner at the Aberdeen branch of the Society of Petroleum Engineer awards.
She is a former operations director at Oil & Gas UK, responsible for establishing pan-industry projects to increase production in the UKCS. She played a crucial role in promoting exploration in the UK by establishing an annual conference in London, to review results of wells drilled in the UK and encourage companies to share technical findings.
She was also instrumental in setting up the government funded seismic programmes for Rockall and the MNSH, boldly asking the Chancellor for £30m at a time when individual companies were struggling to fund any exploration activity.
She was also previously president of the PESGB, one of only two women to hold the position in over 50 years, and has held non-executive director roles for OGIC (the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre) and ITF (the Industry Technology Facilitator), as well as The Girls’ Network.
In 2011, Oonagh was awarded an MBE for services to the oil and gas industry.
She said: “To receive the news that I was the recipient of this year’s Significant Contribution award was extremely exciting, and I’m honoured to be recognised by my peers within the UK offshore industry.
“I’ve been involved in a number of major industry projects during the last four decades, and would like to express deep gratitude to all the colleagues I have worked with during this time.
“Many of these people have been a great inspiration and a privilege to work alongside, in particular the young analysts, engineers and geologists who are destined to become the next generation’s leaders.
“I am also inspired by the recent activities to acquire and release new seismic data which will contribute significantly to our geological knowledge of the remaining North Sea resources.
“It is heartening that exploration and production companies are showing signs of growing optimism and, providing fresh investment comes into the basin and costs are kept under control, there are good reasons to believe that confidence is slowly returning to the sector.”
Werngren is pictured, above, (right) with BP’s Marianne McKevitt, who won the Young Professional Award, and Sam Lisney (Petrofac EPS, West), who won the Above & Beyond Award.