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2016 Offshore Achievement Awards winners announced

Dan Purkis of Well-SENSE, winner of the Significant Contribution Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section last night {17 March, 2016} announced the winners of the 30th Offshore Achievement Awards, with Dan Purkis of Well-SENSE Technology collecting the prestigious Significant Contribution accolade.

Tendeka and Well-Centric were named Great Large and Great Small Companies respectively, whilst Interventek Subsea Engineering, Darcy, N-Sea, CETCO Energy Services, TWMA, Peterson and Aker Solutions completed the list of companies collecting awards on the night.

Individual awards were presented to Hayley Pearson of Costain, who was named Young Professional, and to Allan Smillie of TAQA who received the Above & Beyond trophy.

The awards, which are supported by principal sponsor TAQA, took place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Television presenter Rachel Riley hosted the awards for a second consecutive year, with an audience of more than 500 industry professionals attending.

Alan Dick of award organisers SPE Aberdeen said: “Last night’s ceremony paid testament to the fact that there is still much to celebrate in the North Sea’s offshore industry.

“We were particularly enthused by the creativity and range of companies named as finalists and winners, representative of the industry’s full supply chain. It has been encouraging to hear from specialist technology providers, focused on research, development and innovation, through to the multinationals which are supporting E&P activity on a global scale.

“This year’s Offshore Achievement 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.”

Significant Contribution winner Dan Purkis was recognised for a career spanning 20 years, and an interest in engineering which began much earlier. An inventor at heart, Dan has led world-class design teams, pioneered the world’s first intelligent completion and has played a critical role in developing intellectual property for some of the world’s best-known oil and gas service companies.

After collecting his award, he said: “I’m incredibly honoured and humbled to be recognised for this award, which is in no small part down to the inspirational and motivated teams I have been part of, worked with and led, throughout my career.

“Enthusiasm, passion, and always questioning if there’s a better way are the keys to successful innovation. In a low oil price environment there has never been a better time to introduce new technology. It does however require the right industry support and an acceptance that no significant changes can be made if a risk averse attitude prevails.”

A special award was also presented to Trevor Garlick by organisers SPE Aberdeen, 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.

Mr 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!”


The 2016 Offshore Achievement Award winners in each category are:

Emerging Technology Awards - Sponsored by Nexen
WINNER – Interventek Subsea Engineering

Innovator Award - Sponsored by Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
WINNER – Darcy

Safety Innovations Award - Sponsored by Met Office
WINNER – N-Sea

Environmental Innovation Award - Sponsored by TWMA
WINNER – CETCO Energy Services

Export Achievement Award
WINNER – TWMA

Collaboration Award - Sponsored by Marks & Clerk
WINNER – Peterson

Outstanding Skills Development Programme Award - Sponsored by Robert Gordon University
WINNER – Aker Solutions

Young Professional Award - Sponsored by Aberdeen Institute of Energy
WINNER – Hayleigh Pearson, Costain

Above & Beyond Award
WINNER – Allan Smillie, TAQA

Great Small Company Award - Sponsored by Wood Group PSN
WINNER – Well-Centric

Great Large Company Award - Sponsored by Offshore Europe Partnership
WINNER – Tendeka

Significant Contribution Award - Sponsored by Aker Solutions
WINNER – Dan Purkis, Well-SENSE Technology

SPE Special Recognition Award
WINNER - Trevor Garlick

 

More information on each of the winners:

Emerging Technology Awards - Sponsored by Nexen
WINNER – Interventek Subsea Engineering
Interventek’s Revolution Shear Seal Valve is an innovative technology that shears wire-line or coil tubing and then reliably seals the well bore. The unique process separates the cutting and sealing functions, which guarantees post-cut sealing performance. Through its patented valve bore closure mechanism, the Revolution Valve presents a step change in well control safety.

Innovator Award - Sponsored by Oil & Gas Innovation Centre
WINNER – Darcy
The Hydraulic Screen System from Darcy offers a viable alternative to costly intensive gravel packing methods. The annular gap between the screen and the wellbore is removed through a hydraulic setting process. This method eliminates the need for pumping compliant material and associated fluids. The unique design simplifies well completion and reduces installation time and personnel requirements onsite.


Safety Innovations Award - Sponsored by Met Office
WINNER – N-Sea
N-Sea’s Transfer Under Pressure Diving System provides a safer way to increase workable bottom time. The System uses nitrox as a substitute to air to minimize the need for decompression. This eliminates any risk of nitrogen intoxication and enables divers to remain underwater for longer. Recent upgrades to the system include the introduction of nitrox diving from a closed bell.

Environmental Innovation Award - Sponsored by TWMA
WINNER – CETCO Energy Services
CETCO Energy Services has developed a service that reduces the cost and environmental impact of the decommissioning process. Hydrocarbon fluid can be recovered and treated through CETCO’s 4 stage package before being discharged overboard. The process reduces campaign times and minimises onshore disposal liability, enabling clients to meet and exceed their environmental targets.

Export Achievement Award
WINNER – TWMA
TWMA provides integrated drilling, waste management and environmental solutions to the global oil and gas industry. The company successfully operates in the export market with 59% of revenue coming from international projects. TWMA has office, processing, manufacturing and service bases across the globe. This includes Europe, the Middle East, West Africa, North Africa and the Americas. With major projects in West Africa and the Middle East, turnover increased by 63% between 2012 and 2015.

Collaboration Award - Sponsored by Marks & Clerk
WINNER – Peterson
The Southern North Sea Pool is an excellent example of the potential of vessel-sharing. Operating out of Den Helder in the Netherlands, nine operators work together with Peterson as an integrated logistics provider. The SNS Pool maximises efficiency and flexibility, allowing members to use vessels they would otherwise have no access to. Members benefit from significant financial savings, whilst reducing thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.


Outstanding Skills Development Programme Award - Sponsored by Robert Gordon University
WINNER – Aker Solutions
Aker Solutions has a strong employee development culture. Their Early Career Development Programme includes graduate programmes, apprenticeships and an innovative work placement programme with Bucksburn Academy. These initiatives demonstrate the company's commitment to developing the next generation of technology experts and industry leaders through structured, rotational development programmes. The organisation’s unique young professionals network, Solutioneers, provides long-term support for the early career talent pool by delivering technical innovation projects.

Young Professional Award - Sponsored by Aberdeen Institute of Energy
WINNER – Hayleigh Pearson, Costain
In just under four years, 26 year old Hayleigh Pearson has progressed from a graduate engineer to become an integral part of Costain’s upstream division. When her Project Manager left a major contract at a crucial juncture, Hayleigh assumed full responsibility for the work-scope. Her positive working relationships have since resulted in repeat contracts with global operators. Hayleigh’s drive and determination is matched only by her ingenuity and engineering ability.

Above & Beyond Award
WINNER – Allan Smillie, TAQA
As a Telecoms Technical Authority, Allan Smillie went beyond his core role to re-energize TAQA UK’s network of Safety Representatives. He has been key in leading the network to improve the safety infrastructure across TAQA's UK operations. Recognising the potential of the voluntary group, Alan began a reinvigoration process, focused on engagement, planning and raising awareness. Allan has been the catalyst for a remarkable initiative that has created a brand new safety model for the industry.

Great Small Company Award - Sponsored by Wood Group PSN
WINNER – Well-Centric
Well-Centric Oilfield Services helps clients increase production potential by meeting the challenges of wellhead integrity. Wellhead Maintenance, Bespoke Engineering, Reliable Inventory and Material Management are at the core of this dynamic company. Over the past five years, the company has doubled its profits and has quickly established itself as a leading provider of wellhead maintenance.

Great Large Company Award - Sponsored by Offshore Europe Partnership
WINNER – Tendeka
Tendeka provides a diverse range of completion systems and field-proven production optimization technologies. Established in 2009, Tendeka has evolved from a disruptive technology company to a reservoir completion systems business. With a focus on innovation, Tendeka currently operates in over 20 countries. Through a series of strategic mergers and acquisitions, Tendeka has gone on to become the successful reservoir completions company it is today.

Significant Contribution Award - Sponsored by Aker Solutions
WINNER – Dan Purkis, Well-SENSE Technology
Graduating from the University of Aberdeen with a First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, Dan’s career in oil and gas spans 20 years. From 1996 to 2003, he worked for Petroleum Engineering Services (PES), leading world-class design teams to pioneer the first intelligent completion. PES was acquired by Halliburton and re-branded to WellDynamics, which became and remains the world’s leading supplier of intelligent completions.

The majority of Dan’s career has been spent at the helm of Petrowell, which he co-founded upon leaving Halliburton. Here, Dan led one of the most innovative engineering teams of its era. In May 2012, Petrowell was acquired by Weatherford.

In June 2015, Dan founded Well-SENSE, a downhole solutions provider, which has already secured £600,000 of funding as a result of Dan’s innovative thinking and track record.

SPE Special Recognition Award
WINNER - Trevor Garlick
Trevor Garlick, a veteran of the North Sea and a major sector influencer, joined BP in 1985 and remained with the supermajor until retiring in November 2015. During his time in the oil and gas industry, he has dedicated a significant amount of support to the Society of Petroleum Engineers in terms of professional development, outreach to young people and communicating the industry to the wider public.

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