The UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy is set to receive a £50,000 donation as Apache Corporation celebrates the 15-year acquisition anniversary of the Forties field.
As an arm of the Oil and Gas Chaplaincy, much of the donation will go to the Chaplaincy Trust Fund which seeks to provide support to the families of those involved, or who have been involved in the UK oil and gas industry.
Rev Gordon Craig, chaplain to the UK Oil and Gas industry, said: “The Trustees of the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy Trust would like to congratulate Apache on their 15 years in the North Sea anniversary and are delighted that they have chosen to mark this with a very generous donation to the Chaplaincy’s Trust Fund.
“In January this year a paper outlining the financial situation of the Trust Fund was presented to members of Oil & Gas UK and in response we received a number of very generous donations in response.
“While the chaplaincy is funded by the industry, the work of the Trust Fund is entirely dependent on donations. Sadly 2017 saw an unprecedented demand for support, and awards made to families outstripped donations by £30k. The trustees therefore made the decision to use funds set aside for emergency relief to meet the demand.”
Jon Graham, regional vice president for Apache North Sea, said: “We are proud of these milestones and to mark the 15th anniversary, we are donating £50,000 to the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy which provides financial support to oil related industry workers, past or present, and their direct dependents who through a wide range of circumstances such as illness, injury, mobility issues and work-related injuries, fall into hardship.”
Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, added: “This is a really welcome boost for the UK Oil and Gas Chaplaincy which provides fantastic support to our colleagues across the whole industry and to their families.
“Congratulations must also go to Apache for reaching such a significant milestone. When Apache arrived on the scene all those years ago, they brought new and nimble approaches. Their work on Forties and Beryl areas are great examples of how investment, thinking differently and new ways of working can transform mature areas.
We look forward to their continued success in the North Sea for many more years to come.”