Aberdeen school scoops top oil and gas prize

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Aberdeen school pupils scooped top prize at an oil and gas challenge held at BP yesterday.

Ten north-east schools battled it out to develop the ideal field development plan for a fictional oil field, with Aberdeen Grammar School taking first place.

TechFest’s STEM in the Pipeline challenge was sponsored by BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), as well as receiving kind support from the Energy Institute and the University of Aberdeen.

The science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) competition was held at BP’s North Sea Dyce office.

Reservoir Dogs from Aberdeen Grammar took top spot, while Poseidon Tech from Robert Gordon’s College was awarded second prize.

Robert Gordon’s College secured an additional prize for project management, with the judges claiming the team “stood out” in the category.

SWIFT Incorporated from Fraserburgh Academy picked up two further prizes with pupil Georgia Morrison presented with the project manager award.

Team NESO from Westhill Academy won the Maximising Economic Recovery accolade, with judges commenting their economic analysis was extremely robust and demonstrated considerations for the future.

Zenet from St Margaret’s School for Girls scooped the innovation award.

Andrew Barlow, project manager for the Aberdeen Grammar team, said: “This competition has really given me an insight into the scale of production and the beginnings of surveying an oil reservoir to completing and developing a project.

“I’ve also been able to see the maths, chemistry and physics involved in the process and how they combine in relevance to a job.”

All the pupils who took part in STEM in the Pipeline will also be eligible for the Silver CREST Award, Britain’s national award scheme for work in the STEM subjects.

Ariel Flores, BP North Sea regional president, said: The future for companies like BP is highly dependent on young talent who have a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and maths. That’s why BP consistently supports STEM-related educational activities like the STEM in the Pipeline competition.

“As always, the standard of entries has been extremely high with many of the projects as close to real life as you can get. Many congratulations to all the young people involved for showing such great creativity and ingenuity.”