UK industry celebrates MER winners for first time at annual oil and gas awards

collaboration2The winners of the Oil and Gas UK awards 2015 across the seven categories are:

  • 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
  • Business Innovation (Large Enterprise) – Nexen Petroleum

Apprentice of the Year, Greig McKendry, Trainee Electrical & Instrumentation Designer at Wood Group PSN spent eight months on secondment at the BP Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the Shetland Islands where he took on responsibility for tasks outside his daily role, introducing a new procedure aimed at improving the efficiency of site surveys making time on site more productive.

Graeme Allan, a BP Well Interventions Engineer, won Graduate of the Year 2015. BP told judges he regularly exceeds expectations of an engineer aged just 26, quickly demonstrating an ability to run his own operations including projects valued at £100,000 a day. He also impressed the judges with his initiative and desire to solve problems.

The title of Oil & Gas UK Award for Mentor of the Year went to Russell Morrice, Drilling Engineering Manager, BP. Russell stood out for the time and effort he invests in the long-term development of engineers, with his company noting he goes way beyond conventional project management, providing professional and personal support to over 50 individuals worldwide.

The Oil & Gas UK Award for Investment in People recognises the outstanding efforts companies make in developing their people – enabling them to perform at the highest levels.

SME winner ActivityMix impressed judges with its recognition of the importance of putting people first, with its ‘Great Place to Work’ programme helping employees to grow while also contributing to the company’s own objectives.

Large enterprise winner, Amec Foster Wheeler, which offers and encourages training and development, career progression and the chance to work in different locations around the world, was noted as being the only company to have been awarded corporate accreditation for its graduate and trainee programme in quality management by the Chartered Quality Institute.

The Oil & Gas UK Award for Business Innovation champions those enterprises delivering improved operational performance through innovation.

As SME winner, SeaEnergy PLC impressed judges with its ‘high definition 360 spherical photography’. This innovation has developed the tool to allow operators to work with virtual representations of operating facilities from their desktop, helping users carry out detailed inspections of their offshore operations remotely.

The Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd: Completions and Well Interventions Team took the large enterprise award, through combining the technology to measure the condition of internal components within oil wells with predictive technology, enabling the modelling of highly accurate ‘virtual’ well interventions, ultimately reducing the time required to return a well to production.

This year marked the introduction of the MER UK AwardsAndy Samuel, Chief Executive, OGA, commented: “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.” These winners were:

Nexen Petroleum UK

The Northern North Sea Operational Gas Group (TAQA, CNR International (U.K.) Ltd, EnQuest, Dana Petroleum, Fairfield Energy, BP, Shell UK and Esso) for looking beyond their own operations to see the ‘bigger picture’, sharing fuel gas and overcoming a shortage in some areas of the Northern North Sea;

Centrica, for its Hackathon – inspired by an innovative technique developed in Silicon Valley which helped to unlock value and increase efficiency;

Total  and DONG Energy who approached the Edradour and Glenlivet Field Development co-operatively allowing barriers to be removed in pursuit of maximising both value for the companies and economic recovery from the resource.

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