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Chair's Address - November 2019

Chair's Address - November 2019

November 2019

Dear SPE Aberdeen members, colleagues and friends, The nights are drawing in and SPE Aberdeen activity is picking up.  Our newly formed WIN (Women in Energy) committee hosted its first presentation event. This event, presented by Laura Ross of Thorpe Molloy was sold out and there were plenty of questions and discussion in the networking session that followed. We will be booking a bigger room for the upcoming Female Role Models session.   About a quarter of the members of SPE Aberdeen are students. Our Young Professional’s team arranged an evening event aimed at welcoming new graduates into the SPE professional family. This was another sold out event and a host of new connections were made amongst new graduates starting their careers in and around Aberdeen. Our Continuing Education Committee delivered a join conference with InstMC (Institute of Measurement and Control) concentrating on Cyber Security. It was a lively affair with some surprising insights into the security of offshore assets, their vulnerabilities and the risk mitigation. Our Programme Committee hosted an excellent presentation on Maximising Economic Recovery in action with speaker David Kemp telling the story of Serica Energy’s Columbus Development. Applications are open now for the 2020 Offshore Achievement Awards at There you will find application forms along with videos of last year’s competition including interviews with the finalists as well as footage of the award ceremony itself. Talking of recognising success, our Student Bursary programme has been launched and applications are now open; students can apply through the SPE Aberdeen website. Last year saw students receiving awards totalling £30,000. They are challenged to respond to current topics in the industry. Following review of the application forms some students will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of industry experts. Earlier this week was our joint conference with ICOTA. This event is in its 25th year and was bigger than ever. Alongside the strong technical programme, was an improved operator stand which was a centre piece of the exhibition. This month our Evening Technical Meeting will be a presentation by David Moseley of Westwood Global Energy who will be discussing how to unlock the potential in the UKCS to meet our future energy needs. Lots to get involved with, see you there! Kenny

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