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Ross Lowdon

SPE Aberdeen Names Lowdon Chairman

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has appointed Ross Lowdon as Chairman. He takes over from Anthony Onukwu and will hold the chairmanship until September 2015. Beginning his career as a hydrographic surveyor, Lowdon has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and is currently the head of the surveying domain for Schlumberger Drilling & Measurement, globally. He holds a degree in land economy from The University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University.

Students to Compete for SPE Energy Apprentice 2014

Around 66 students from universities across Scotland will compete to be named the 2014 Energy Apprentice in a competition organized and hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Young Professional Aberdeen Section Committee. Sponsored by Total, the event will provide students with a unique opportunity to test their oil and gas knowledge and experience situations similar to those encountered in a graduate employment interview. Students will be challenged throughout four rounds which will include technical questions…

Anthony Onukwu

SPE Aberdeen Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

2014 is a very special year for SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Aberdeen Section as it reaches its landmark 40th anniversary. To mark this and acknowledge the continuous efforts made by its members across the years, SPE Aberdeen will celebrate with a black-tie dinner on Thursday, 7 August, which will welcome an impressive line-up of key industry panellists who are attending the night’s celebration as a recognition of SPE’s immense contribution to the technical development and knowledge sharing of the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide.

Annabel Green

Tendeka to Present at Next SPE Event

Advanced completion technology: past, present and future. Advanced completion technology covers a powerful range of equipment and techniques in the oil and gas industry and is set to be the focus at Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section evening meeting later this month. Annabel Green, product line director at Tendeka, the provider of completions systems and services to the upstream oil and gas industry, is to discuss the developments in recent years and why technology in this field must keep up with the advancing pace of the subsea and drilling sectors.

L-R SPE Aberdeen chairman Anthony Onukwu; Ian Phillips, SPE board member responsible for organizing the OAAs; and Pete Jones of principal sponsor TAQA

Offshore Achievement Awards Open for Entries

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has announced that entries are now open for the 2014 Offshore Achievement Awards. The awards, which are hosted by SPE Aberdeen with the support of principal sponsor TAQA, have recognized outstanding success and innovation in the oil and gas sector for over 27 years. Last year’s awards ceremony attracted a record attendance of more than 530 industry professionals. This year SPE Aberdeen has introduced two new categories, the Inspiring Leader and the Environmentalist awards.

2016 SPE student bursary winners Photo SPE

SPE Aberdeen Awards Students Bursaries

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section has announced the recipients of its annual student bursaries programme for 2015-2016. In total, £7,500 was awarded to seven students attending Aberdeen, Robert Gordon, Dundee, Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde universities. Almost 100 applications were received and for the first time this year, the shortlisted finalists were invited to present one of their answers from their bursary application to a panel of judges before the final recipients were selected.

Ian Phillips

Phillips to Address SPE ICoTA Conference

Ian Phillips, chief executive of the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), will highlight how the pace of innovation in the oil and gas industry is significantly lower than in comparable industries  at the 20th SPE ICoTA Well Intervention Conference in Aberdeen this week. Mr. Phillips will give the keynote address on Wednesday, 12 November, where he will highlight the contributing factors including the slow pace of technological uptake in the industry and comparatively low spend on research and development activity.

Industry Talent Recognized in the Offshore Achievement Awards

The offshore industry’s highest achievers were recognized at the 2013 Offshore Achievement Awards, with Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK, picking up the Significant Achievement accolade. The 27th awards ceremony, which saw a record attendance of 530 guests, took place at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre and was hosted by Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges. The industry’s top talent was celebrated in categories which included Great Large and Great Small Company, Safety Innovations and Emerging Technology.

Dr. John White

SPE Aberdeen: Tackling the Offshore Design Challenge

An engineering expert is set to talk at a Society of Petroleum Engineers’ (SPE) Aberdeen Section presentation this month, discussing the challenges associated with the analysis and design of offshore engineering equipment. Offshore marine equipment can be physically complex, expensive, safety critical and required to operate in harsh environments. This means that regulations for design and manufacturing processes can differ based on a number of factors, including project complexity and environment. Dr.

Katy Heidenreich

Cost Reduction of Well Construction on UK Continental Shelf

Since 2004, well construction costs in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) have doubled, directly impacting drilling activity which is currently at an all-time low. However, collective industry efforts are already focusing in on how a reduction in core drilling costs of 50 per cent could potentially unlock around five billion boe of known reserves over the next decade. The significant work the industry is doing through the Technology Leadership Board (TLB) to address the well cost reduction challenge…

L-R Pete Jones of TAQA along with SPE Aberdeen’s Ian Phillips and Ross Lowdon

New Category for 2015 Offshore Achievement Awards

The 2015 Offshore Achievement Awards have opened for entries today, with a new category added which will recognise investment into the future talent of the energy industry. The prestigious awards, which are organised and hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section with the support of principal sponsor TAQA, have celebrated outstanding company success, safety and technology innovations and exceptional individual performance in the oil and gas sector for 28 years.

Aberdeen Conference Examines Human Risk

Risk management experts from around the world will gather in Aberdeen on March 5 for a conference that will set the agenda for dealing with the issue and impact of human risk in the oil and gas industry. The keynote address will be delivered by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk, who chaired the public enquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster. The outcomes of the enquiry have transformed HSE operational procedures in the North Sea and the offshore oil and gas industry worldwide. Also included in the impressive line up of speakers is David Pritchard…

Logo Courtesy SPE

Focus on Statoil’s Mariner Project at Joint Industry Event

In a low oil price environment it is more important than ever for collaboration between disciplines to deliver value, as well as inspiring the next generation of geoscientists and engineers. Members of Statoil’s Aberdeen team are set to discuss exactly how important this is at a presentation jointly organised by The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) in Aberdeen this month. Four of the operator’s young professionals will give an overview of how collaboration and the use of new technology in geophysics…

Forum to Focus on Sand Management

Energy industry professionals will gather in Aberdeen this spring for the sixth European Sand Management Forum. The conference and exhibition, organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and the Sand Management Network, will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center between March 26-27, 2014. The forum will focus on the importance of sand management within the oil and gas industry, addressing its challenges across a range of reservoirs and geographical locations and discussing its use in well and plant integrity.

Gillian King, SPE, vice president Asia Pacific region

Tendeka Announces Two Key Promotions

Tendeka, the provider of completions and reservoir monitoring products and services to the upstream oil and gas industry, is delighted to announce the promotions of two key personnel. Gillian King, SPE, has been appointed vice president Asia Pacific region and Derren Simpson, SPE, has been appointed vice president Middle East and North Africa. Gillian joined Tendeka as senior sales engineer in January 2007. She then progressed to regional sales manager Europe before becoming area manager for Asia Pacific (South) in 2010.

Roddy James, Chief Operating Officer of N-Sea, accepts the award (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea Celebrates Safety Innovation Award

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has won the Safety Innovations award at this year’s SPE Aberdeen Offshore Achievement Awards. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony last night at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC). The Safety Innovations Award recognizes excellence in innovative technology and products that have been developed in the UK and which contribute to offshore safety. N-Sea has received the accolade by demonstrating an on-going commitment to safety by upgrading its already-revolutionary TUP Diving System (TUP).

Ian Phillips, director of  CO2DeepStore Limited and the SPE board member managing the OAAs,  SPE Chairman Anthony Onukwu, of ITF, and  Leo Koot, TAQA Bratani managing director

OAA 2013 Are Open for Entries

Following a successful re-launch last year, the Society of Petroleum Engineers Aberdeen Section is again hosting the Offshore Achievement Awards with the support of main sponsor TAQA Bratani. This year will see the ceremony move to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre to meet the huge demand for spaces at the event in March 2012. Over 70 entries were received for the 2012 awards, which took place at Ardoe House Hotel in Aberdeen in front of around 400 people. Winners included Expro Group, AMEC and 3sun Group, with Professor Alex Kemp picking up the Lifetime Achievement award.

Ed Sheridan (Photo: AccessESP)

AccessESP Names Sheridan Asia Pacific Region Manager

AccessESP, a provider of rigless electric submersible pump (ESP) conveyance solutions for the worldwide oil industry, has appointed Ed Sheridan as its Asia Pacific region manager. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he will be responsible for increasing market share in the region. Prior to joining AccessESP, Sheridan worked for nine years with Baker Hughes Artificial Lift in the United Kingdom in a variety of sales, technical and operational positions. Most recently, Sheridan worked as AccessESP’s product line manager for Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Australia.

ICoTA Europe chairman Callum Munro

Well Abandoment in the Spotlight at ICoTA Event

The challenges facing well abandonment in a mature province will be the focus of the latest lunch and learn session hosted by leading oil and gas industry body ICoTA European Chapter in Aberdeen on Tuesday, September 18. Representatives from TAM International will start the event with a presentation on how inflatable technology has been successfully used for well abandonment and deployed on slick line, coiled tubing and drill pipe, followed by a presentation on innovation in abandonment services by Baker Hughes.

Mariner field illustration (Photo Courtesy www.statoil.com)

STATOIL Mariner Concept Presented

Peter Mellbye, Statoil’s executive vice president for Development and Production International. The concept chosen for the Mariner heavy oil project on the UK continental shelf includes a production, drilling and quarter (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket, with a floating storage unit (FSU). Statoil expects a final investment decision in late 2012 and first oil in late 2016. The Bressay heavy oil project on the UK continental shelf is also progressing according to plan, one year behind Mariner, to ensure transfer of learning and synergies.

AccessESP Names Algeroy as Europe and Africa Region Manager

AccessESP, a provider of rigless electric submersible pump (ESP) conveyance solutions for the worldwide oil industry, has named John Algeroy as the Europe and Africa Region Manager. Based in Houston, he will be responsible for all marketing, sales and operations for clients throughout the region. Algeroy joins AccessESP with 32 years of domestic and international oilfield experience where he has served in a variety of operational and managerial positions, primarily in the completions sector.

Mike Loggie (Photo: Saltire Energy)

Saltire Energy CEO Shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Chief Executive of Aberdeen-based Saltire Energy, Mike Loggie, has been shortlisted as a regional finalist in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards 2015. The annual EY awards, recognize business leaders from across the world that have shown the passion, vision and drive to succeed. Winners will be announced at the regional Awards Dinner for Scotland on June 25. The judging criteria will include entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, personal integrity and strategic direction. Mike…

Triton ROV: Photo courtesy of the manufacturer

Massive ROV Fleet Expansion by Harkand

The Harkand Group signs a deal with Forum Subsea Technologies that will see it extend its ROV fleet by 25% & create 30 new full time jobs. Harkand, formed through the recent merger of Iremis, Integrated Subsea Services (ISS) and Andrews Survey following investment by Oaktree Capital Management, has bases in Aberdeen in the UK, Dubai in the Middle East and Singapore and Perth in Asia Pacific. The program, which on delivery will see Harkand’s fleet grow to 29 vehicles, includes three Triton XLX 150HP workclass ROVs and one Comanche, with an option for a further two XLX vehicles.

Mike Macleod  (Photo: OEM Group)

Macleod Joins OEM Group as Financial Director

OEM Group said it has named Mike Macleod as its new finance director as part of the company’s growth strategy which aims to see its turnover increase by 25 percent to £3 million in the next 12 months. With more than six years’ experience working at director level, Macleod has joined the Aberdeen-headquartered marine and oil and gas services firm following 10 years at the oilfield services company Uniconn Group. Macleod has an Honors Degree in Law and Management from the Robert Gordon University.

Kelly Murray and Andrew Louden (Photo courtesy ICoTA)

Murray Selected to Lead ICoTA

Oil and gas industry body, the Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association (ICoTA) European Chapter, has appointed Former vice-chair Kelly Murray as the new chair and vice-chair. Murray will be the first women to take the helm as chair of the organization in the chapter’s 20-year history, while fellow committee member Andrew Louden has been appointed as the new vice-chair. Murray becomes chair after spending five years as an ICoTA committee member where she has played a pivotal role increasing awareness of the organization within the industry and the wider community.

Ann Rooney Photo Forth Ports

Rooney Appointed Business Development Manager, Forth Port

Forth Ports, the UK’s third largest ports group, has appointed Ann Rooney as its new Business Development Manager to focus on oil and gas support and decommissioning activity for Scotland. Ann is a senior executive experienced in business development and operational functions within the shipping, logistics and marine sector. She previously worked with DB Schenker for seven years in various roles and also with GAC Shipping Limited as project coordinator and ships agent. Ann, who has started with the business…