OGUK Awards Programme 2020

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10 December 2020

Finalists 2020 Special congratulations to all this year’s finalists

Callum Forbes Hisham Hamid John Hogg

Kieron Malster Scott Milligan Connor Robb Diana Samulewicz

Steven Scott Martin White

ASCO Group Baker Hughes ChampionX Fairfield Energy Ltd Hellenes Ltd

IMRANDD J+S Subsea Legasea Omniscient Safety Innovations Ltd Petrofac Shell U.K. Limited Spirit Energy Sodexo Total E&P UK Ltd Wood

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Welcome to our OGUK Awards 2020, where we celebrate the stand-out achievements of our extraordinary industry.

In a challenging year for all sectors, companies and people, we have demonstrated the North Sea grit that we are renowned for, continuing to safely provide energy to millions of people throughout the pandemic while progressing solutions to such challenging issues as climate change. COVID-19 has been incredibly challenging at a personal, operational and economic level. So it is right that as we draw the year to an end, we take opportunity to thank and celebrate the talented people and companies that OGUK is so proud to champion.. While we are still on a long path towards recovery, many things that happened this year did in fact give us reasons to be hopeful: People showed each other more kindness and looked out for each other; they clapped for carers, and together called for an equal, fairer world; companies set challenging net zero targets and critical workers throughout our industry supported the nation during a global pandemic. As we all know, our society faces many challenges and our sector has a critical role to safely provide the energy and products we all need while supporting the UK in delivering its net zero ambition. It’s why we continue to work with governments to ensure the conditions are there for companies to remain sustainable and to continue to attract investment to the exciting lower carbon future we are working to realise. All of this is can only be delivered with the support of our world-class supply chain and it is vital that we ensure that the competitiveness of their businesses is sustained too. Every company will have colleagues they wish to thank for helping navigate the pandemic, and I would like to pay special thanks to OGUK’s HSE team, led by Trevor Stapleton, and to the excellent work of our Pandemic Steering Group in bringing industry together to resolve the many challenges posed by COVID-19. While we hope to meet again in person soon, there may also be lessons we want to hold on to from these challenging times. Not least the increased connectivity that this virtual format can give us in opening these events to even more people – so I hope you are watching our Awards with your family, friends and colleagues, albeit virtually and in your respective bubbles! With this in mind, we are also very pleased this year to introduce an Audience Award which has been voted for by you over the past couple of weeks. On behalf of everyone at OGUK I would like to offer our congratulations to all of our finalists. Your impressive achievements act as stand-out examples of what our resilient and transforming industry is capable of. My sincere thanks also goes to our panel of expert judges who so willingly lent their time and considerable knowledge to the judging process, and to our sponsors for this evening. Your support allows us to continue to shine a light on the outstanding successes of our industry, giving them the recognition they so richly deserve. Finally, a special thank you to our principal sponsor, Shell U.K. Limited, for their ongoing support, and of course to the OGUK events team for delivering this virtual ceremony. I hope you all enjoy this celebration all that is remarkable about our ground-breaking industry that we are proud to be a part of. We look forward to meeting you in person when we can, but in the meantime, please keep safe.

Deirdre Michie OBE, Chief Executive, OGUK

The Judges – OGUK Awards 2020

Over 90 nominations were submitted for the 2020 awards and judges described all entries as being of an exceptionally high calibre. OGUK and our judges thank everyone who submitted entries for what has been a highly competitive judging process taking place over a number of months. In particular, the judges commented upon the outstanding effort and evident hard work being done across the industry and commend all the nominees. Once again, a huge thank you to all our judges.

This Years’ Judges • Jeremy Cresswell •Ollie Folayan, AFBE UK Ltd

•Max Easley, Apache • Ashley Thomas, bp • Scott McGinigal, CNOOC • Susan Smart, ECITB •Mark Lammey, Energy Voice • Arne Gurtner, Equinor •Graeme Fergusson, Fairfield Decom • Sripad Gopala, IMRANDD

• Jeet Kumar, Neptune • Alix Thomas, Neptune • Pauline Innes, OGA • Stuart Payne, OGA • Andy Samuel, OGA • Stephen Sheal, OGTC

• Katy Heidenreich, OGUK • Joe Leask, OGUK • Louise O’Hara Murray, OGUK

• Emily Taylor, OGUK •Mike Tholen, OGUK • Alix Thom, OGUK •Gareth Wynn, OGUK • Jennifer Craw, ONE

• Jill Glennie, OPITO • Lucy Ritchie, Shell • Teresa Waddington, Shell •Neil McCulloch, Spirit Energy • Steve Rae, Step Change in Safety • Phil Simons, Subsea 7 • Erin Ingram, TAQA

• Catherine Leibnitz, wood • Craig Shanaghey, wood


The OGUK Award for Apprentice of the Year

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This award recognises the apprentices making their mark in the UK oil and gas industry.

As the safety and skills body for the energy industry, we are proud to sponsor the OGUK ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award.

Congratulations to all three finalists shortlisted for this coveted award.


This year’s finalists are….

Callum Forbes, ApprenticeWarehouse Operative , ASCOGroup

Kieron Malster, Electronics Assembly Technician, Proserv Controls

Scott Milligan, Trainee Mechanical Technician, CNOOC International

Beginning his apprenticeship in September 2018 in ASCO’s warehouse, Callum stood out with his impressive drive and attitude towards his role and company values. He upholds the company’s safety and service delivery excellence every day, bringing new ideas to the table on how to improve the client experience. Within 14 months of joining, Callum’s natural leader abilities saw him promoted to Senior Warehouse Operative, where he now directly manages a team of five warehouse staff.

With a genuine passion for what he does, Kieron’s ability to remain calm under pressure, organisational skills and knowledge has helped his team reduce their product build and test hours. This has enabled the team to take a methodical approach to projects, helping the team thrive. Recently completing his four-year apprenticeship with the group, Kieron has emerged as a highly capable team leader, with his enterprising proving key in making improvements to Proserv Controls consumables process and preventing avoidable extensions of lead times for customers. Kieron is actively involved in initiatives supporting school children, regularly giving talks on opportunities in the industry.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Scott showed a great attitude to his work, offering his service to mobilise to the platform after being down-manned due to POB restrictions. He has also been using any time at home to complete remaining competencies, which has left his portfolio almost complete. Scott’s willingness to contribute and lead in toolbox talks has helped ensure effective handovers with his colleagues. As an extremely valuable member of the team, Scott has shown exceptional knowledge and understanding of his job at a young age. His attention to detail and quick response time has been key to preventing lifting equipment failure, protecting the safety of his colleagues, and delivering cost savings to CNOOC.


The OGUK Award for Graduate of the Year

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Recognising graduates making their mark in the UK oil and gas industry, this award is given to those who have delivered tangible benefits to their employer and have been identified as future leaders.

The ECITB is the industry authority on engineering construction skills. A non-departmental public body, we work in partnership with employers in the oil & gas and other energy and process industries to deliver a diverse and highly skilled workforce, enabling industry to compete globally. Leading Industry Learning


This year’s finalists are….

HishamHamid, Completion Engineer, BP

Connor Robb, Project Manager, Baker Hughes

Steven Scott, Production Technologist, Shell U.K. Limited

A dedicated and highly ambitious engineer, Hisham graduated from BP’s Challenge Programme, demonstrating significant levels of competency and autonomy in his role. His drive for continuous improvement resulted in the delivery of back-to-back completions which included a new best in class well for completions performance on the Deepsea Aberdeen 6th Generation Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit. As well as leading the BP Challenge Graduate committee, Hisham is a member of the Women’s International Network Business Resource Group and has also been selected to represent BP as a young leader at next year’s One Young World Summit in Germany. During the coronavirus pandemic, he started a home- schooling initiative which involved him matching BP graduates to parents.

Connor joined Baker Hughes eight years ago on an apprenticeship programme, and since then has consistently demonstrated personal drive and professionalism in every role he has taken on. Graduating with a distinction in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering at RGU, Connor studied nights, managing his work assignments while pursuing his studies. Recognising his strong work ethic, Baker Hughes selected Conor for an accelerated graduate leadership programme in the supply chain. In two years he has taken on three different stretch roles, delivering significant impact for the business and gaining experience which would otherwise have taken 5 years to achieve. Connor’s innovative manufacturing ideas lead to the delivery of a 210% stretch target for the production unit and the highest revenue shipment for any quarter ever.

Since joining Shell, Steven has become an outstanding

performer in his asset team as a production technologist. Within three months of joining, he planned, managed, and delivered a complex well intervention to restore production from a problem well. An instrumental figure in Shell’s Process Safety Improvement journey, Steven is also an enthusiastic networker and a dependable spokesperson, keeping his peers updated during stakeholder engagements. A strong advocate of diversity, inclusion, and equality at Shell, he also volunteers with STEMNet, giving children from less developed backgrounds exposure to STEM subjects. He is on track to become one of the fastest in the discipline to complete the framework of his development programme.


The OGUK Award for Mentor of the Year

This award recognises the vital role mentors play and the extraordinary commitment

of these individuals to learning and improvement across the industry.

This year’s finalists are….

John Hogg, HSSEQ Director, TAQA Bratani Ltd

Diana Samulewicz, HR Manager- Europe, ChampionX

MartinWhite, VP Europe, Halliburton

John, a leadership team member & director of HSSEQ, where he manages a team of 50, is the most prolific mentor within TAQA’s UK business. With four active partnerships in place at present, he is regarded by his colleagues as warm, engaging and colourful. John undertakes his role as mentor with the same thought and care he applies to all his professional duties. John has more than 30 years of experience and has been a mentor throughout his career, offering knowledge, insights and guidance to people across the company and wider sector, and helping set the foundations for a sustainable career in a changing industry.

Diana, an unsung hero who is helping to build ChampionX’s leadership talent pipeline, has been a driving force in developing new opportunities to maximise potential. Since joining the company six years ago, Diana progressed to her current position in 2017 and is chapter lead and a mentor of the Europe RISE Chapter’s Mentor circles programme. There are now further global plans for new RISE chapters next year thanks to the Europe RISE mentor programme success story. Diana has mentored 10 people since launching the programme and continues to volunteer on the 2020/2021 edition.

Martin started and sponsors the Eclipse programme within Halliburton Europe, which looks to identify and support future leaders in the organisation. Now in its third year, the year-long mentoring programme sees participants move through eight stages focused on different skills or attributes. Several graduates have since gone onto new roles within the company and provided tangible benefits recognised globally by the Halliburton organisation. Martin’s active involvement in the wider industry underlines his passion and commitment to bringing about positive change.


The OGUK Award for Excellence in Decommissioning This category recognises companies that are leading the way in how we do decommission in the UK.

This year’s finalists are….

Fairfield Energy Ltd

J+S Subsea Ltd

Shell U.K. Limited

A highly collaborative, one team approach led by Fairfield Energy in partnership with the supply chain has been central to the success of complex multi-year Dunlin decommissioning project. The pulling of well conductors is a critical scope within the wider decommissioning programme, which began in 2018. From cessation of production to final site remediation, consultation with key stakeholders formed the backdrop to the innovative thinking and integrated approach driven by Fairfield Energy. This has continued throughout the project, resulting in continuous improvements which have delivered major cost savings. Despite schedule changes stemming from COVID-19, a total of 45 conductors have now been pulled, testament to the ability of the Dunlin team and will be completed in the next 12 months.

J+S Subsea pride themselves on championing a circular economy approach to decommissioning. It launched Legacy Locker to serve as a portal for refurbished and new subsea legacy equipment where companies can buy, sell, or trade unwanted stock. Legacy Locker has saved over $20m on a single project through the refurbishment and recertification of existing equipment. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the company’s adaptation to safety requirements has helped continue to provide crucial support to clients, allowing one to be able to continue with a scheduled

The Brent Bravo Attic Oil Recovery project was the culmination of years of

preparations to successfully pump trapped hydrocarbons from the former storage cells, into one final holding cell ready for evacuation ashore. The innovative project developed technology to tap into cells the height of Nelson’s column, through metre-thick reinforced concrete domed structures 60m above the seabed, 80 metres below the waves, without divers and with an unblemished safety record. The team’s efforts created a blueprint for cost-effective, technological innovation, repeatable execution of subsea Attic Oil Recovery, with huge significance not only for Shell but for the wider industry.

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The OGUK Award for Energy Transition

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This award recognises a company that is leading the way in how we approach and contribute to the Energy Transition in the UK.

Fairfield Decom creates value by managing, integrating and executing ultra-late life operations and decommissioning. As the oil and gas industry transitions to a net zero future, it is now even more important to have the right mindset and capabilities to make a difference. We are proud to sponsor the OGUK ‘Energy Transition’ award, recognising those that are leading the way. Congratulations to all three finalists shortlisted for this coveted award.

Time to THINK and ACT different


This year’s finalists are….

Shell U.K. Ltd

Total E&P UK Ltd


At the start of 2020, Shell U.K. Upstream business established a dedicated energy transition team which has had a large impact in a short amount of time. From a strategic level through to delivery and culture, the team quickly framed the current and future emissions reality, external environment and evaluated the abatement

This year, Total E&P UK Ltd established an energy management system which is certified to an ISO: 50001 2018 standard. With energy efficiency at the heart of the company’s Carbon Footprint Reduction strategy, the ENMS provides a systematic approach to continually improve the energy performance of assets. Through defining metrics, engaging with colleagues, identifying best practice, and changing approaches, the platform enables innovative ways to reduce emissions and develop new technologies and ways of working. Over 200 separate projects have been identified as part of this process to help decarbonise both operational activities and reduce use of energy within the company.

Wood, as pioneers of the energy transition, believe a low carbon and sustainable energy system is fundamental to our future. Cementing their role as a leading partner in enabling sustainable energy production and infrastructure, Wood works in heavy asset industries across a broad range of markets, geographies and technology. Its proprietary SCORE methodology is a logical, easily digestible process that allows an asset or portfolio operator to map the potential for decarbonisation and the opportunities that best suit their overall objectives. Currently working with oil and gas clients on reducing their carbon footprint of their existing portfolio, Wood is applying experience and expertise across carbon capture, renewable integration, efficiency optimisation and carbon offsetting.

project funnel in order to frame an ambitious target of 50 percent reduction of production emissions by 2030. The combination of

senior leadership support and dedicated and skilled resources has helped Shell step up and position itself as an industry leader in the energy transition.


The OGUK Award for Diversity and Inclusion

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This award recognises a company that drives improved business results through recognising and promoting the value of diverse teams and inclusive behaviours.

This year’s finalists are….

Baker Hughes


Spirit Energy

Baker Hughes’ Inclusion and Diversity programme includes a global leadership council, supporting regional councils focused on checking progress against goals and identifying new opportunities to create a more inclusive and diverse culture. Eight global employee resource groups also have a powerful influence on building awareness, change and community, with community resource groups helping to bring people together and drive culture locally. With a strong multiyear partnership with the association for Black and Ethnic Minority Engineers (AFBE), and a dedicated Enabled employee resource group which drives internal conversation on issues like disability in the workplace, Baker Hughes has worked hard to embed D&I into its culture, resulting in a 40% increase in membership of its employee resource groups.

IMRANDD, launched four years ago, has doubled its revenue year on year and believes that having a diverse workforce is key to solving customers problems. With a retention rate of around 85%, IMRANDD’s gender balance is above industry average. 40% of their workforce are from BAME backgrounds and the workforce age ranges from 25 to over 65. The company has a strong focus on flexible working, and also enjoys an open and transparent approach to communications, encouraging all colleagues to speak out if something doesn’t feel right and empowering everyone to make a difference.

Spirit Energy has put D&I at the heart of every stage of an employee’s journey, from interview to career progression. A refreshed approach to job advertising makes them easy to understand and gender neutral, and once at interview, Spirit Energy ensures both the interview panel and candidate pools are gender diverse. This year, 86% of candidate lists, and every interview panel have been diverse. Unconscious bias training, flexible working, role modelling of behaviours and senior support for the employee- led organisation ‘The Network’ has narrowed Spirit Energy’s gender pay, scoring them 8.1 out of 10 on its recent engagement survey on equality.


The OGUK Award for Workforce Engagement

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This award recognises the outstanding steps taken by companies to give their workforce a voice

in the organisation and develop an empowering culture that delivers commercial and reputational benefits for the company.

This year’s finalists are….

ASCO Group


Spirit Energy

ASCO Group is fully committed to providing a safe, diverse and positive working environment for all. Over the last 12 months, the company has focused on several innovative initiatives to encourage a positive workplace safety culture. As an example; Warehouse Manager Brian Turriff wrote poems in doric to relay safety messages, inspired by Jason Anker, a motivational speaker who was paralysed after a major work accident and ran sessions on behavioural safety. Promoted through a variety of toolbox talks, the poems were exceptionally well received.

Sodexo’s people strategy looks to drive understanding in corporate vision and business strategy, building belief through visible leadership and effective managers, and deployment of strategic change initiatives. Sodexo’s commitment to positive involvement and the protection of its employees has remained a priority through the coronavirus pandemic through You Said We Did, a training management app, its performance development framework, Recognition Awards and support for the community through the festive period.

The engagement and involvement of its team is central to Spirit Energy and who it aspires to be. Demonstrated by the name of the company being generated and selected by its people, in its first year The Spirit Way put care, agility, courage, delivery and collaboration at the heart of its values. The establishment of the Free Spirits community of advocates helped drive change on the ground during the formation of the new independent oil and gas business in Europe. Since then, the Free Spirits have quickly become the first port of call when the business needs to tap into the workforce-from starring in videos and documentaries to developing the framework of Spirit Energy’s Energy Transition Strategy.


The OGUK Award for Business Innovation – SME

This award recognises a company which has enabled improved performance through innovation and efficiency initiatives, while using sustainable methods developed to safely maximise recovery from the UK Continental Shelf.

This year’s finalists are….

Hellenes Ltd


Omniscient Safety Innovations Ltd

Hellenes’ drive for continuous improvement through innovation makes them stand out. Environmental, financial, and time-based efficiencies are high areas of focus globally, and the Hellenes Thermal Treatment Unit has significantly changed the capabilities and possibilities of drilling waste treatment at source for the UK offshore oil and gas sector. With clear commercial and environmental benefits, through maximising performance and minimising the environmental impact of drilling operations, Hellenes aims to be the driving force behind change in oil contaminated cuttings discharged figures.

Legasea’s decommissioning solutions take liability and ownership of their equipment, making it safe and clean before disassembling it into component parts. Reusable parts fulfil the demand for urgent spares when crucial production is at risk, potentially saving clients millions. With capabilities to conduct all their services under one roof at their facility near Westhill, Aberdeen, major test and assembly projects can take place with the added advantage

OSI’s approach to mental health in the workplace is unique, applying systematic preventative solutions to reduce emotional hazards in the workplace through its hierarchy of control toolkit. The proactive approach of intervention can reduce lost workdays, accident rates and boost productivity and morale. Designing bespoke Prevent & Care systems along with supporting technology, OSI is also providing the first Mental Health Awareness course for energy workers with Step Change in Safety. As COVID-19 interrupted work, the company quickly adapted to online training which it can deliver to any remote location including offshore.

of being able to provide equipment from Legasea’s inventory of recertified equipment.


The OGUK Award for Business Innovation – Large Enterprise This award recognises a company

which has enabled improved performance through innovation and efficiency initiatives, while using sustainable methods developed to safely maximise recovery from the UK Continental Shelf.

This year’s finalists are….



Total E&P UK Ltd

ChampionX’s Excelceor is a polymer flood technology which can maximise enhanced oil recovery from the UK Continental Shelf and support the transition to a lower carbon future. Working closely with BP, ChampionX has overcome one of the biggest industry challenges – the degradation of the polymer by shear, which often causes polymer chains to break. As the only shear- protected polymer on the market, Excelceor represents a change in offshore polymer flooding technology. Its efficiency not only improves co₂ emissions per barrel, but also reduces the time and volumes required to achieve the same end result.

Petrofac’s digital journey is now driving a real change in productivity and performance. Connected Worker and Petrolytics, two of the strategic initiatives identified for implementation, have since met major milestones. Combining the use of Digital Twin technology, mobile wearable technologies, and propriety software BuildME, Petrofac digitalised all forms of maintenance and inspection activity.

Total E&P UK Ltd have set up a Digital Asset Flagship, dedicated to delivering a transformation at scale. Their substantial investment and commitment has delivered positive outcomes in less than a year. Its achievements include $10m annual value creation through the use of interactive tools to improve drilling, production optimisation and planning and logistics through the creation of digital products. Taking place in an incredibly short timeframe, agile two-week sprints also helped create 300 days tool time thanks to 100 mobility devices improving watchkeeping, inspection and safety critical maintenance routines. This has been critical to keeping the lights on and projects delivering during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Special Thanks

OGUK would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to all those who have been involved in making the awards another huge success.

Principal Sponsor

Shell U.K. Limited

The OGUK Award for Graduate of the Year


The OGUK Award for Energy Transition

Fairfield Decom Limited

The OGUK Award for Apprentice of the Year


The OGUK Award for Diversity and Inclusion


The OGUK Award for Workforce Engagement


Thanks also go to the following for their support in making the evening a success:

All our finalists and nominees Our judges Reverend Gordon Craig TVP Film and Multimedia RS Films | Mearns & Gill


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