Shining a spotlight on offshore success
Source: think for SPE Aberdeen , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Fri September 8, 2017 11:01 am

INTERNATIONAL. The annual awards, organised and hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers Aberdeen Section (SPE Aberdeen), was launched by Ian Phillips, Chairman of SPE Aberdeen and Donald Taylor, Managing Director at principal sponsor, TAQA.

The launch took place at the exhibition stand of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), sponsor of this year’s Emerging Technology Award.
Speaking at the launch, Ian Phillips said: “Celebrating success, innovative thinking and great accomplishments in what continues to be a challenging climate is more important than ever. We’re looking forward to sharing the stories of the inspirational work that continues to happen in our industry.
“The awards highlight excellence and serve as a prestigious platform for those operating in the oil and gas and renewables sectors. I would urge both companies and individuals to start thinking about their award entries, and allow us to shine a spotlight on their success.”
As principal sponsor of the event since 2012, TAQA has been an incredible ambassador for the awards providing financial support, judging categories and promoting the event, as well as being instrumental to the success of the annual Gray’s School of Art OAA Trophy competition.
Managing Director Donald Taylor said: “The SPE’s work in promoting the innovation and creativity of the oil and gas and renewables industries, and their focus in nurturing young people’s interest in STEM subjects, is key to why we continue to support the OAAs.
“Despite the challenges our industry is facing, many individuals and companies continue to achieve remarkable things. It is vital to highlight and celebrate these successes through events such as the OAAs. Individuals and companies pushing themselves to achieve the very best, is how we will ensure the future of our industry and continue to provide great opportunities for the next generation.” 
Opening for entries on Monday 2 October, categories will continue to celebrate both company successes and individual achievements, covering a wide variety of topics including innovation, collaboration and business growth. In particular, the Young Professional category continues to grow in popularity with 2018 seeing the return of the Young Professional interviews. This process involves an initial shortlist of up to six candidates being interviewed by OAA judges and subsequently being whittled down to three finalists.
In its first year sponsoring an award at the OAAs, industry-led research and knowledge organisation the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) is a welcome addition to the line-up.
Colette Cohen, Chief Executive of OGTC, said: "We’re delighted to sponsor the Emerging Technology award. Developing and deploying new technology is crucial if we are to unlock the full potential of the North Sea and create a culture of innovation in North-East Scotland. The OAAs are a great opportunity for technology providers to promote their solutions, and potentially open doors for funding and field trials.”
Entries from UK-registered companies operating within the renewables or oil and gas industries will open on Monday 2 October, 2017, with the ceremony taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 22 March, 2018.

A full list of categories and criteria is available to view at

Photo captions: (1) Main photo: From left to right: Donald Taylor (Acting Managing Director at TAQA), Brenda Wyllie (SPE Aberdeen Section Vice-chair), Stephen Sheal (Director of External Relationships at The Oil & Gas Technology Centre)
                            (2) Inset photo: TAQA Eider platform. For illustrative purposes only (File photo)  
About SPE International
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is a not-for-profit professional association whose members are engaged in energy resources development and production. SPE serves more than 164,000 members (73,000 of whom are students) in 143 countries worldwide. SPE is a key resource for technical knowledge related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry and provides services through its publications, events, training courses, and online resources at
 About SPE Aberdeen
 The Aberdeen Section is one of the largest of the SPE Sections across the world and in 2017 we won the President’s Award for Excellence for the 7th year in a row – the only section to do so ever. The section has over 3000 members ranging from drilling and completions engineers to production and operations specialists, HSE practitioners, and other professionals. The membership includes over 450 student members from five student chapters: Heriot Watt University, University of Strathclyde, University of Dundee, Robert Gordon University and University of Aberdeen.
SPE Aberdeen works closely with the oil and gas industry, Scottish universities and local schools, institutes and academia, to advance the learning and technical excellence in all aspects of the industry, offshore, onshore and internationally.
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Issued on behalf of SPE Aberdeen by think.



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