Petrofac, the international service provider to the oil & gas industry, has won one of the most coveted oil & gas accolades at the Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards, an annual event which is now affectionately known as the Oil and Gas industry “Oscars”.
The company won the ‘Internationalisation of Scottish Skills’ award, sponsored by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, which recognises those that have effectively taken Scottish skills and qualifications and applied them abroad in order to increase business in a new market. Petrofac was also a finalist in the ‘Sustainable Development’ category, sponsored by Shell, for extending field life with the consequent contribution to the UK economy, extension of employment and the reduction of environmental impacts from asset removal and replacement.
Petrofac has successfully exported its Aberdeen-based competence assurance and training development programmes and also the skills, qualifications and competence of its staff to destinations as far afield as the UAE, Azerbaijan, Sudan and China. It has a pioneering service-operator model that has extended field life to the benefits of its customers, the environment and the communities that depend on the industry and the UK economy.
More than 400 industry guests and dignitaries attended the black tie event and paid tribute to those demonstrating excellence in the oil & gas sector. Under Secretary of State for Energy, Lord Peter Truscott presented the award to Mike McCulloch, Petrofac’s learning and development manager, who was delighted that Petrofac’s efforts in the training and competence field had once again been recognised by the industry. “We consider this to be an important event as it is not only an annual celebration of business excellence in the Scottish Oil and Gas sector, but it also provides us with a benchmark of our efforts to continue to succeed in business through our people.”
This is the 22nd year of the awards organised by Scottish Enterprise Energy and the event, sponsored by the Anglo Irish Bank, took place on 15 March at Ardoe House Hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland. This is the fourth time in successive years that Petrofac has been successful in the awards, with two previous commendations in 2004 and 2006, and a win in the ‘Succeeding Through People’ category in 2005; last year Petrofac’s learning and development adviser, Katy Yule, was highly commended in the ‘Rising Star’ category.