Seven Winners at 'Biggest Ever' Oil & Gas UK Awards

The UK energy industry honored its most innovative and enterprising companies and people in Aberdeen Thursday night as seven winners were selected at the annual Oil & Gas UK awards.

Around 650 people from across the oil and gas industry gathered to see four companies and three oil and gas professionals receive their awards.

This year, the Investment in People award was split into two categories with the large enterprise category going to Bibby Offshore and the SME category being won by Axis Well Technology. Bibby was recognized because of the launch of its Academy – which has trained more than 30 graduates – and its successful engineer conversion program that works to bridge skills gaps in the subsea engineering sector through training and mentoring.

Axis was honored for its commitment to the continuous development, growth and retention of its 160 employees. 

UK North Sea-focused EnQuest won the Business Innovation category (large enterprise) thanks to its Thistle Life Extension project that aims to recover 35 million barrels of oil from the Thistle and Deveron fields, extending the life of the Thistle field to 2025 and beyond. EnQuest North Sea President Neil McCulloch commented that the award was a welcome acknowledgement of how the company's strategy of extending the life of ageing assets and optimizing production is succeeding.

"It is also an important endorsement of how the right level of investment, combined with the right vision, technical expertise and innovative thinking can breathe new life into an ageing asset and give it a sustainable future," McCulloch added.

Meta won the Business Innovation category (SME) for its unique Metalmorphology downhole isolation technology that shapes metal using hydraulic fluid pressure, which creates products its clients use in their well integrity plans.

Mentor of the Year went to Alan Muirhead, lead field development engineer at Ingen Ideas. Muirhead is a mentor of new graduates and of school and summer placement students, and has also developed the company's engineering chartership scheme.

Apprentice of the Year went to Marnie Toal of Proserv, while Graduate of the Year was won by Barry Mitchell of Wood Group PSN.

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