Dan Purkis, co-founder of and director of Well-SENSE Technology Ltd has been presented with the SPE Significant Contribution Award at this year’s Offshore Achievement Awards in recognition of his influence on the oil and gas industry.
Purkis, who holds more than 50 industry patents, was acknowledged for introducing game-changing and innovative tools to the industry throughout his 20 year career, including his work on RFID Downhole, and his I-Ball Frac System.
The award recognises an individual, company, project or initiative which has made the most significant professional contribution to the offshore energy industry. Previous winners of which include Professor Alex Kemp of Aberdeen University, and Malcolm Webb, ex-Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK.
Well-SENSE was established in June 2015 as a creative house for bespoke and high-end engineering technologies. Its latest concept, FLI (FibreLine Intervention) is a disposable method of intervention which has been developed based on technologies from the military and aerospace industries.
Purkis said; “I firmly believe in looking to and applying concepts from other industries, which is what we’ve done in the creation of FLI; we’ve cast aside all preconceptions of well intervention and sourced technology from outside the industry.
“Collaboration is at the heart of this development, and we aim to continue our work with other technology partners, complementing our expertise with theirs as the fastest route to the development of a complementary suite of tools to work with FLI.”
A special award was also presented to Trevor Garlick, former chief of BP N. Sea in recognition of his long term support of SPE and all it stands for, in terms of professional development, outreach to young people and communicating the industry to the wider public.
Garlick said: “I am very grateful to SPE Aberdeen for this award. I would also acknowledge the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt for inspiring me to become a petroleum engineer in the first place!
“The local SPE membership has a critical role to play in the North Sea recovery. There is an urgent need for the petroleum engineering community to come together to help make this basin more competitive.
“SPE can encourage the innovation in behaviours, technology and design and make them more fit for a mature basin. Although there will be a necessary reduction in employment, SPE can help sustain the key skills we need here and help export our late-life expertise overseas.
“2016 will be tough and SPE has a critical role mobilising the petroleum engineering community behind these challenges to support the basin. The barrels are still out there!”
Alan Dick of award organisers SPE Aberdeen commented: “There is still much to celebrate in the North Sea offshore industry.
“This year’s awards have been a much-needed injection of energy for the industry, reminding all of us that by continuing to innovate, collaborate and communicate, we can remain confident in the long term future of North Sea oil and gas.”
The 2016 Offshore Achievement Award winners in each category are:
- Emerging Technology Award: Interventek Subsea Engineering
- Innovator Award: Darcy
- Safety Innovations Award: N-Sea
- Environmental Innovation Award: CETCO Energy Services
- Export Achievement Award: TWMA
- Collaboration Award: Peterson
- Outstanding Skills Development Programme Award: Aker Solutions
- Young Professional Award – Sponsored by Aberdeen Institute of Energy: Hayleigh Pearson, Costain
- Above & Beyond Award: Allan Smillie, TAQA
- Great Small Company Award: Well-Centric
- Great Large Company Award: Tendeka