Industry achievements celebrated at Oil and Gas UK Awards

achievement: Showing off his award is Apprentice of the Year, Ryan Fernando of Aker Solutions
achievement: Showing off his award is Apprentice of the Year, Ryan Fernando of Aker Solutions

An inspirational graduate whose safety initiatives have led the way for critical emergency response plans offshore, and an industry-leading project which championed collaboration were among those who secured accolades last night at the Oil & Gas UK Awards 2018.

More than 500 people from across the industry gathered to celebrate pioneering individuals and companies for their contributions in business innovation, workforce engagement and decommissioning.

Hosted by Channel 4 news presenter Cathy Newman, the annual ceremony held at the AECC in Aberdeen recognises outstanding performance from companies, as well as high-performing individuals, for their unique, positive and notable contributions to the sector.

Praising the winners, Deirdre Michie, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “Our awards are a highlight of the industry calendar and are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the people in our pioneering sector, which continues to adapt, improve and build its strength even in the face of the tough challenges in recent years.

“Hearing about the remarkable achievements by companies and individuals reinforces the bright future which lies ahead for the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry.

“Many congratulations to all winners and those who were shortlisted. Our judges had a tough job sifting through really great nominations, all of which serve as a reminder of the dedication, perseverance and continued hard work of those working in our sector.”

Sponsored by Shell UK, who this year celebrate 50 years of operation in the UKCS, the evening also included a speech from the company’s vice president of upstream, Steve Phimister.

The winners:

Apprentice of the Year, Ryan Fernando of Aker Solutions

Graduate of the Year, Gareth McQueen of Shell U.K

Mentor of the Year, Giuseppe Tizzano of BP

Diversity and Inclusiveness Award, BP North Sea BRGs

Workforce Engagement Award, Shell U.K

Business Innovation Award, SME – AIS Training

Large Enterprise – Stork, A Fluor Company

Excellence in Decommissioning Award, CNR International

The Oil & Gas Authority MER UK Award, CNR International and HGSL, Dana Petroleum and Premier Oil