Leading lights of Scotland’s oil and gas industry will be honoured in the Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards 2009.
The accolades, organised by Scottish Enterprise, showcase and recognise outstanding achievements across the sector.
The awards ceremony and dinner is to be held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday, March 26.
Brian Nixon, director of energy at Scottish Enterprise, said: “The Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards are a celebration of excellent performance in one of our most successful sectors and an opportunity to recognise Scottish-based companies and individuals that are setting world-class standards, both at home and abroad.
“Known as the ‘oil Oscars’, the awards recognise the innovation, ambition and talent that the industry enjoys and are regarded as one of the most prestigious industry awards in the UK sector.
“Following a year which has presented a number of economic and technical challenges, the sector remains crucial to Scotland, and indeed globally, as new challenges and opportunities emerge.
“There are more than 2,000 companies active in the offshore sector ranging from small-scale technology specialists to large engineering companies, and we would like to encourage players – from industry leaders to project managers and engineers, in businesses of all sizes – to enter the awards, share their stories of success and demonstrate how and who is at the forefront of continued industry development.
“The awards have been a great success since 1984, and the awards process helps to raise awareness of potential business opportunities across the sector and encourages companies and individuals to consider how best to market their products and services more effectively.”
The award categories are:
Export Achievement, sponsored by the Press and Journal.
The Innovator, sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Safety, sponsored by BP.
Succeeding Through People, sponsored by Chevron.
Internationalisation of Scottish Skills, sponsored by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Outstanding Contribution, sponsored by Shell UK.
Small Company Great Performance, sponsored by the Offshore Europe Partnership.
The Idea, sponsored jointly by DECC and the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF).
Rising Star, sponsored by Amec.
Category winners will each receive £5,000 worth of bespoke support to help them to achieve their growth ambitions.
From among the category winners, an overall winner will also be recognised for outstanding achievement.
Details of how to enter are on website www.scottish-
The closing date for entries is Friday, January 30.