Cnooc International take top spot at North Sea safety awards

Oil and gas operator Cnooc International celebrated a double win after scooping two North Sea safety awards in Aberdeen yesterday.

The annual Offshore Safety Awards, jointly organised by Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) and Step Change in Safety, recognised Cnooc International in both the innovation and operational integrity category.

Cnooc International partnered with DNV GL on the design of pioneering virtual reality technology to take the innovation prize, but won the integrity prize outright.

The event, held at new P&J Live exhibition venue and sponsored by French oil giant Total, also crowned BP’s west of Shetland Clair Ridge project with the Workforce Engagement Award.

Lee Chegwidden, production technician at Apache was recognised as Safety Representative of the Year.

Jean-Luc Guiziou, managing director of Total E&P UK said: “Safety is vital for the offshore industry.

“We need to work together when it comes to safety and share our experiences of the risk and challenge. It’s also important that we recognise when companies and individuals get it right and share that best practice.”

Shell UK’s Brent decommissioning project was voted the winner of the Sharing and Learning Award, while the coveted Maritime Safety Award was won by Oleg Krushynin, Solstad and Eric Wiseman of Seacroft Marine Consultants.

Steve Rae, executive director of Step Change in Safety, said:”It’s heart-warming to see the ingenuity, critical thinking and effort that has gone into the finalists’ award submissions here today.

“These awards provide an engaging and collaborative platform which brings together like minded individuals and teams who all share a tangible passion for ensuring that safe operations remain central to everything they do.

“The contributions of all our finalists are commendable, and demonstrate that opportunities still exist, within our industry, to continually enhance our approach to improving safety.”

Colin Clark, Scottish Conservative MP for Gordon, described the sector as “setting a standard” and “among the safest in the world”.

He added: “The industry has made great strides in recent years, but it has been clear today that there is no room for complacency.”

Matt Abraham, health, safety and environment and supply chain director with Oil & Gas UK, said: We continually strive to ensure the North Sea remains one of the safest basins to do business in the world and I’d like to say a heartfelt well done and thank you to all our winners, finalists and entrants.”

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