Methil apprentice Jordan wins safety award from North Sea operator

Jordan Lyle
Jordan Lyle

GDF SUEZ E&P UK, together with Burntisland Fabrications Ltd (BiFab), have presented an award to fourth year apprentice welder Jordan Lyle for demonstrating exemplary safety behaviour.

His meticulous completion of pre-job risk assessments, as part of the Take 5 initiative, was awarded in a recent ceremony.

BiFab, which was awarded the contract for the build of the jackets for all four platforms of the GDF SUEZ E&P UK operated Cygnus field, plus the build of the Quarters & Utilities (QU) platform, has implemented the Take 5 scheme across their yards at Methil, Burntisland and Arnish. The initiative works by way of formally documenting pre-job risk assessments and aims to increase proactive workforce safety behaviours, thereby reducing risks.

Jordan, 20, joined BiFab at the age of 16 and is currently working on the construction of the Cygnus project jackets at the Methil yard. BiFab HSE Manager Robert Myles highlighted that Jordan’s completion of his Take 5 booklet ‘was the best example he had seen.’

The Cygnus project, which is due to produce first gas by the end of 2015, is led by operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK (38.75%) with partners Centrica (48.75%) and Bayerngas (12.5%). The Cygnus field is the largest gas discovery in the Southern North Sea in the last 25 years.  Peak production from 2016 is expected to account for 5% of UK domestic gas production, meeting the demand of almost 1.5 million homes in the country.

Presenting the award, Jean-Claude Perdigues, Managing Director of GDF SUEZ E&P UK, said: “It is an honour to be able to present this award to Jordan who has clearly demonstrated, at such a young age, his commitment to the safety of himself and his colleagues.  GDF SUEZ E&P UK works closely with BiFab on a combined safety alliance for the Cygnus project construction activities and it is great to see young talent embracing the safety culture of the industry in such a positive way.”

John Robertson, Managing Director of BiFab, said: “We encourage the active participation of workers at BiFab’s three sites in the Take 5 scheme.  Like GDF SUEZ E&P UK, we are committed to the safety of our employees and all persons visiting our sites.”



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