Every year our Board visits a Petrofac site to help gain a deeper understanding of our project operations. These visits provide an invaluable insight into the business and help the Directors recognise some of the challenges being faced day-to-day by our employees, in what can sometimes be difficult and remote locations.
Left to right: Craig Muir (Group MD, EPS, Eastern Hemisphere), Dave Blackburn (SVP, EPS West), Des Thurlby (Group HR Director), Andrea Abt (Non-executive Director), Rijnhard van Tets (Non-executive Chairman), Alastair Cochran (Chief Financial Officer)
The Board’s most recent visit was to our operations in the North East of Scotland.
Two Directors attended Petrofac's sea survival training centre in Aberdeen to complete the Basic Offshore Safety Induction Training, a mandatory requirement before travelling offshore in the North Sea. Then, following successful completion of the course, they along with the Chairman and members of Senior Management travelled out to the FPF-1, an asset for which Petrofac is Duty Holder on behalf of Ithaca Energy. After the helicopter journey to the Greater Stella Area, the Directors met members of the offshore team to learn more about the asset's power generation and processing facilities.
Dave Blackburn, Senior Vice President, Petrofac Engineering & Production Services (EPS) West, accompanied the Board offshore: "When it comes to understanding aspects of our business operations, there is nothing more effective than being able to see it for yourself and really experience what life is like offshore.
"Before this trip, two of the Directors had never visited an offshore installation, so it was a great opportunity for them to understand both the challenges and achievements of the FPF-1 teams."
Once back on dry land, the full Board met local leadership and senior management at our Aberdeen office and visited the Group's Emergency Response Service Centre.
Teams from our emerging talent programme also delivered detailed presentations on different aspects of our business operations.
Fergus Kulasinghe, Operations Engineer, was part of the teams presenting to the Board: "Not many young developing professionals have an opportunity to meet with, and present to, their Company's Board of Directors, so everyone involved was honoured to be asked to represent EPS West.
"Working together on the presentations enabled us to build on the experience we gained throughout our graduate schemes, and required us all to explore certain aspects of our business and future growth potential in more detail.
"It was quite daunting at first, but the Board was very supportive and it was a great experience overall."