Oil & Gas UK: New addition to annual awards line-up

Oil & Gas UK together with Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) Thursday launched a new category for the sector’s ninth annual awards evening.

Oil & Gas UK said that, in recognition of the industry’s current drive for new, more efficient ways of working, the new Oil and Gas Authority MER UK Award will recognise those companies whose cooperative approach and positive behaviours have helped to maximise the economic recovery of oil and gas from the UK Continental Shelf.

Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Deirdre Michie, said: “I’m delighted to announce this award, which recognises the importance of addressing our current challenges.  This latest addition to our Awards line-up reflects one of the key challenges facing industry today.”

“Industry as a whole is putting a great deal of effort into improving its performance – and I look forward to hearing just some of those examples of excellence on the night.”

“The OGA is a critical catalyst for the work being done to sustain activity in the offshore oil and gas sector and we look forward to working with Andy Samuel and the OGA in encouraging co-operation across the industry and promoting its achievements.”

According to Oil & Gas UK, the OGA will convene a panel of four judges, chaired by Andy Samuel, chief executive, Oil and Gas Authority. Judges will be looking for nominations from companies of all sizes that are currently active on the UKCS and have demonstrated strong leadership in pioneering successful new ways of working in the region which can be shared and adopted across the industry.

Andy Samuel said: “We are seeing a real commitment from operators and service companies to find new, more efficient ways of working that can be sustained over the long term and help create a positive future for the industry.”

“The MER UK Award will recognise those companies whose co-operative approach and positive behaviours have helped to maximise the economic recovery of oil and gas from the UKCS.”

“We’re looking for operators and service companies – large and small – who have demonstrated strong leadership in pioneering successful new ways of working that can be shared and adopted across the industry.” 

The representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry says that this follows on from a move last year to change the structure of its awards categories, with the two company awards: the Oil & Gas UK Award for Investment in People and the Oil & Gas UK Award for Business Innovation, split into two categories for large and smaller companies.

The Oil & Gas UK Awards 2015, sponsored by Shell, will take place at Aberdeen’s Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday, November 5. Nominations for this category will close on September 2, 2015, while nominations for all other categories will close on August 14, 2015, Oil & Gas UK has said.

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