May 18, 2015

Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd has sponsored the ‘Innovation in Safety Award’ at the prestigious Oil and Gas UK Industry Safety Awards, to recognise the important role safety plays in our industry, and how the honour directly aligns with Nexen’s company values.

This year’s ceremony, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, celebrated the achievements of people and companies who have made outstanding contributions to safety in the oil and gas industry.

The annual event attracted more than 600 people from across the sector and throughout the UK community who gathered to celebrate the winners’ achievements. Despite the oil & gas industry facing a number of challenges at present, the good turnout demonstrated the sector’s commitment to sharing best practices and celebrating success, with safety always a top priority.

The Nexen-sponsored “Innovation in Safety” award is bestowed to a company which has put in place a clever process or technique to improve safety either across an organisation or at an individual worksite.

The judging panel, which included Nexen’s Sam McKillop, HSE and Assurance Manager, was impressed to learn that the joint winners of the award – companies BG Group and AmecFoster Wheeler - together delivered an industry first by developing a new technique for removing caissons, the pillars which underpin many North Sea platforms.

Sam McKillop who presented the award at the event, said: “Sponsoring this award complements Nexen’s own commitment to safety, as well as recognising the contribution made by others in developing innovation. It shines the spotlight on talent and dedication within our industry.”

Ray Riddoch, Director of Nexen’s UK Operations, added: “We can never become complacent about safety in our industry. We need to ensure innovation in safety to secure the best working environment in which our industry can thrive. We must always strive to make the impossible possible, and to solve the challenges ahead.”

Oil & Gas UK’s Chief Executive, Malcolm Webb, added: “All the winners exemplify all that is remarkable about the industry.”

For more information about the awards, including all of this year’s winners, visit Oil and Gas UK’s website.