Chairman's Address: October 2017
Dear SPE Aberdeen members, colleagues and friends, We were delighted to launch the 32nd Offshore Achievement Awards at last month’s Offshore Europe. Nominations are now open! This event remains the biggest and longest established oil, gas and renewables industry awards for the UK offshore energy sector, covering all aspects from supply to upstream operations and offshore renewables. This is the seventh year that the SPE Aberdeen Section has managed the event, and it continues to grow in scale and in reputation. As in previous years the trophy design is being created by students at Gray’s School of Art where the competition is now embedded in their curriculum. Each year the students consistently come up with remarkably creative and innovative designs which lead to a very difficult decision for the judges! This year there are 11 award categories, and the winners will be announced at the black tie event on March 22 2018 at AECC. The categories include 4 technology awards (including the Emerging Technology and the Innovator Awards), 4 corporate awards (including the Outstanding Skills Development Award), and 3 individual awards including the hugely popular Young Professional Award and Significant Contribution Award where recent winners include Trevor Garlick and Oonagh Werngren. New for this year is the HSE Innovation award which combines the previous Safety Innovation and Environmental Innovation awards. The awards are an excellent way to showcase your achievements. JDR Cables, winners of the 2017 Export Achievement Award commented that being part of the OAA’s was a fantastic way of increasing their company profile. Enpro Subsea, winners of the 2017 Great Company Award, felt that the weight that the awards carry helped them to break into new markets and regions. Please visit the OAA website for news updates and how you can get involved. Any surplus from this event is invested in a wide range of initiatives designed to inspire the industry to continue evolving.