IPE Professor Wins SPE Award

The 2017 North Sea Regional Award for Productions and Operations from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has been awarded to Professor Eric Mackay of Heriot-Watt University’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE).

Mackay was nominated for his contribution to bringing together the areas of reservoir simulation and oilfield chemistry. The professor oversaw research into a range of oilfield production chemistry issues such as mineral scale deposition and its prevention. 

“SPE’s regional awards are designed to recognize those members who have contributed exceptional service and leadership to the society, as well as those who’ve made major professional contributions to their technical disciplines at the regional level,” Karl Ludvig Heskestad, SPE North Sea regional director, said in an organization statement.

“Professor Mackay was considered by the Awards committee as an outstanding candidate who has greatly contributed to industry's understanding and appreciation of oilfield chemistry. On behalf of SPE and the Awards Committee I would like to congratulate Mr. Mackay on his contribution in this area at the regional level,” he added.

“I am honoured to receive this award from a Society of my peers. Our research team addresses the challenge of managing production while maintaining safety and meeting our environmental responsibilities, all in the current challenging low-cost environment of North Sea oil production. It is particularly pleasing that this work should be recognized in this way,” Mackay said.



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