AMEC Picks Up HSE Accolades at Offshore Ceremony

AMEC went back to school to win top honors at a prestigious offshore industry awards ceremony.

The company, which provides consultancy, engineering and project management services across the globe, picked up the environmental accolade at the Offshore Contractors' Association Challenge Awards for its work with Newtonhill Primary.

AMEC, which took its sustainability ethos into the classroom at the school near its Aberdeen base, also picked up a second award, for health and safety, at the ceremony in the Granite City.

Both awards centred on the work of AMEC's Britannia Satellites Project, (Britsats) which involved the installation of a new platform, alongside the existing Britannia platform, to handle production from Brodgar and Callanish fields.

The Newtonhill Primary partnership aims to help youngsters with a number of educational and eco projects while involving them in the oil and gas industry and raising their awareness of AMEC's role in the sector.

The children now hold their Pupil Council and safety meetings at AMEC premises where they experience a business environment. The company has also bought K'nex, Meccano and Lego for pupils entering engineering contests to boost their engineering skills and helped the school achieve a Gold Award for Enterprise.

Newtonhill Primary head teacher, Linda Cruickshank, was a guest at the ceremony where Pavlos Phokas accepted the award on behalf of the Britsats team.

The OCA safety award recognises the steps AMEC took to build on its safety culture by strengthening the role of supervisors and making them accountable through a comprehensive five-part supervisory engagement process. The success of this initiative can now be applied to all AMEC's current and future projects.

Meanwhile Wood Group Engineering (North Sea) Ltd's Kirsty Beetham, who is on the Instrument Graduate Training Scheme, picked up the Association's Future Star Award for Training.

In addition to being a model student, Kirsty, 27, of Bucksburn, Aberdeen, has also worked voluntarily with local schoolchildren as a Science and Engineering Ambassador and acted as presiding judge in the North East Regional Final for the Junior Engineers for Britain K'Nex Challenge.

Presenting the award, Offshore Contractors' Association chairman, Bob Keiller, described Kirsty as and outstanding candidate and a young woman who "exemplifies our values of working together, challenging the future and enthusing upcoming generations."

The Challenge Award for Technology and Innovation was won by Aker Solutions for its work on the Frigg Cessation Project. The challenge of removing a massive module support frame from the TCP2 installation included finding a way to restrain the structure during the journey to Shetland for demolition and disposal.

The team developed FlexSeaFast, a solution consisting of rubber pyramid gripper plates and elements which ensure secure transportation at sea. The new technology has significant cost and safety benefits.

The awards, which are now in their 12th year and recognise the outstanding achievements of the offshore contracting sector, were presented before an audience of around 200 guests at a black tie dinner at Aberdeen's Marcliffe at Pitfodels Hotel on October 30.

Principal guest speaker was David Blackwood, BP Exploration’s Director of North Sea Operations. Guests included Bob Keiller, who is also Chief Executive of PSN, and the Right Reverend David Lunan, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Mr Keiller said "The awards recognise best examples of the wealth of talent and creativity existing within OCA member companies. Through the efforts of people such as those receiving awards we can be confident of overcoming the challenges we face in securing the long term future of this vital industry and its valuable contribution to the UK economy."

The OCA, based in Aberdeen, is the lead representative body for the UK’s oil and gas contracting and supply industry, whose members employ more than 20,000 workers and turn over more than £3 billion annually.