The 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards were launched today 7 September, 2016 at this year’s Intelligent Energy conference, taking place in Aberdeen for the first time.

Following a record 30th anniversary year (in terms of both entrants and attendees) for the awards in 2016, event organisers the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen and returning principal sponsor TAQA are looking forward to hearing the success stories of both companies and individuals when entries open on 3 October. As in previous years, entries are welcome from both the offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors.

Categories this year will continue to feature a heavy focus on technology with The Innovator, Emerging Technology, Safety Innovations and Environmental Innovation Awards remaining an important part of the line-up.

Similarly, individuals will be eligible for the Young Professional, Above and Beyond and Significant Contribution categories, whilst businesses can apply for the Great Large and Great Small Company, Outstanding Skills Development Programme, Export Achievement and Collaboration.

This year will see the return of SPE Aberdeen director Ian Phillips as chairman of the awards. Ian is also chief executive of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre and part of the Intelligent Energy 2016 Executive Committee.

Ian said: ‘In the middle of a significant downturn, last year’s awards were an encouraging boost for the offshore industry, and a reminder that innovation and collaboration are still a vital part of the current much-needed cost-reduction efforts.

‘A key part of ensuring this innovation continues is by encouraging the development of new ideas and technologies, which is why Intelligent Energy is such a perfect platform to launch this year’s awards. The conference theme, ‘New Horizons: Intelligent Energy in a Changing World’, is completely aligned with SPE’s mission to exchange knowledge related to exploration, development and production, the foundation of the Offshore Achievement Awards.

‘With just under a month until entries open for this year’s awards, we again urge anyone with a success story to come forward and be recognised. Previous winners have used the OAA accolade in a number of ways, from peer endorsement of their technology to recognition of their workforce. We hope to see the 2017 finalists and winners continue to build upon this momentum.’

Last year’s Significant Contribution winner, Dan Purkis, was part of the opening breakfast for this year’s Intelligent Energy. He said: ‘Winning the 2016 Significant Contribution Award wasn’t just a great honour, it has also served as a platform for recognition, aiding Well-SENSE’s exposure and leading to enquiries from operators and service companies around the globe.

‘I would whole heartedly encourage those considering entering the awards to do so; celebrating success has never been more important.’

Entries from UK-registered companies operating within the renewables or the oil and gas industry will open on Monday 3 October, 2016.

The 2016 Offshore Achievement Awards categories are:

Emerging Technology
Innovator
Safety Innovations
Environmental Innovation
Export Achievement
Collaboration
Outstanding Skills Development Programme
Young Professional
Above and Beyond
Great Small Company
Great Large Company
Significant Contribution

The awards are open for entries until Wednesday 30 November, 2016. The black tie ceremony will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 23 March, 2017. For further information and entry criteria, please visit www.spe-oaa.org.

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