Supporting emerging technology

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre is sponsoring the 'Emerging Technology' category of the Offshore Achievement Awards.

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre is sponsoring the 'Emerging Technology' category of the Offshore Achievement Awards.

Pictured from left to right: Donald Taylor, TAQA, Brenda Wylie, SPE Aberdeen, and Stephen Sheal, Oil & Gas Technology Centre.

The 2018 Offshore Achievement Awards (OAA) is off to a promising start following its launch at Offshore Europe 2017 in Aberdeen.

The annual awards, organised and hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers Aberdeen Section (SPE Aberdeen), was launched by Ian Phillips, Chairman of SPE Aberdeen and Donald Taylor, Managing Director at principal sponsor, TAQA. The launch took place at the exhibition stand of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), sponsor of this year’s Emerging Technology Award.

(Stephen Sheal, External Relationship Director for the Oil & Gas Technology Centre highlights why the OGTC chose to support the Emerging Technology category, how the OAAs validate innovation and his own experience in submitting an entry.)

Opening for entries on Monday 2 October, categories will continue to celebrate both company successes and individual achievements, covering a wide variety of topics including innovation, collaboration and business growth. In particular, the Young Professional category continues to grow in popularity with 2018 seeing the return of the Young Professional interviews. This process involves an initial shortlist of up to six candidates being interviewed by OAA judges and subsequently being whittled down to three finalists.

In its first year sponsoring an award at the OAAs, industry-led research and knowledge organisation the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) is a welcome addition to the line-up.

Colette Cohen, Chief Executive of OGTC, said: "We’re delighted to sponsor the Emerging Technology award. Developing and deploying new technology is crucial if we are to unlock the full potential of the North Sea and create a culture of innovation in North-East Scotland. The OAAs are a great opportunity for technology providers to promote their solutions, and potentially open doors for funding and field trials.”

Entries from UK-registered companies operating within the renewables or oil and gas industries will open on Monday 2 October, 2017, with the ceremony taking place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on Thursday 22 March, 2018. A full list of categories and criteria is available to view at