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Industry veteran honoured at 2020 Decom North Sea Awards

Brian Nixon
Brian Nixon

Oil and gas veteran Brian Nixon was among those recognised for their contributions to the decommissioning sector during the 2020 Decom North Sea (DNS) Awards yesterday.

Due to current restrictions on large gatherings the Aberdeen-based industry body’s annual event, which shines a light on the work being done by companies and individuals, took place virtually with around 90 people in attendance.

A trio of new honours were up for grabs, with Mr Nixon sharing the Decom North Sea Emeritus Award with Willem van Es, who passed away earlier this year.

Mr Nixon spent four years as chief executive of DNS, which aims to maximise business opportunities from offshore decommissioning, between 2010 and 2014.

During a 40-year career, he also worked for Wood Group Engineering, Scottish Enterprise and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre before retiring in 2018.

His co-winner, Mr van Es was appointed as Wood Group’s decommissioning manager in 2013, a position he held until his death in January this year.

Prior to that he headed up several decommissioning projects for the Aberdeen-headquartered firm and previously worked for oilfield services giant Schlumberger.

Commenting on Mr van Es’ contribution to the organisation, Jinda Nelson, chair of the DNS Board said: “A committed supporter of Decom North Sea and Board member for several years, Willem’s unrivalled decommissioning experience included time as Project Manager on the North West Hutton and Miller decommissioning projects – both high-profile and pioneering in their approach.

“Generous with his vast knowledge and experience, Willem’s insight proved invaluable to the organisation time and again. We have lost not only an outstanding business colleague, but also a close friend and the organisation is pleased to be able to commemorate his contribution in this way.”

The full list of Decom North Sea Award 2020 winners:

· Excellence in Collaboration Award: Augean North Sea Services

· Young Professional in Decommissioning Award: Craig Roberts, Utility ROV

· Technical Innovation in Decommissioning Award: Unity

· Innovative Contracting Models Award: Petrofac

· Decom North Sea Member Award: John Lawrie Ltd

· Emeritus Member Award: Brian Nixon

· Emeritus Member Award (posthumous): Willem van Es

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