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Aberdeen Section Celebrates Its History and Looks Forward to Promise of “E&P 2.0”

On 12 August, 2014, the SPE Aberdeen Section celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Chester Hotel, with more than 200 members and guests in attendance.

The evening’s keynote address was delivered by 2015 SPE President Helge Haldorsen. Stating that the Aberdeen region has been a leader in innovation in the oil and gas industry, he called upon the Aberdeen Section to now develop what he referred to as “E&P 2.0” to ensure that aging North Sea operations continue production for decades to come.

Haldorsen said that Aberdeen’s innovation and ability to overcome obstacles have been instrumental in helping the oil and gas industry meet the challenges of deepwater exploration—not just in the North Sea, but also in other harsh environments as well.

Moderated by STV news anchor Andrea Brymer, the evening’s panel included senior executives from BP, Shell, TAQA Bratani, and Schlumberger and covered a number of industry issues. Panelists discussed industry collaboration, extending production within the North Sea, and the contributions of Aberdeen.

Summing up what SPE means to him, SPE Aberdeen Chairman Anthony ­Onukwu said, “The history of SPE is, perhaps, a history of pure passion, commitment, and resilience against technological barriers. SPE members have one thing in common, irrespective of where we come from, of our age, of our gender: our desire to take the upstream oil and gas industry to new levels, to constantly develop its technologies and techniques, and to share our immense pool of knowledge among ourselves and with the generations to come.”

SPE to Host Workshop on Workplace Discrimination

The Aberdeen Section will host SPE’s first workshop on workplace discrimination in the E&P industry, which will be held 1–2 October at Norwood Hall Hotel in Aberdeen.

The 2-day course, called “Breaking the Cycle of Discrimination—Workplace Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry,” will include discussions on team dynamics and leadership; interaction between employers, employees, colleagues, and contractors; and how inequality and prejudice can affect the global working environment.

The workshop will feature a keynote address by Scottish Parliament member and Minister for Energy Fergus Ewing, followed by speakers from a number of major operating companies, service companies, and industry bodies, including Shell, ConocoPhillips, Total, Schlumberger, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Decom North Sea, and Oil & Gas UK.

Regarding the workshop and progress in this area, Aberdeen Section Chairman Anthony Onukwu said he is optimistic, but stressed the need for improvement. “SPE Aberdeen is spearheading this initiative because for many years we have recognized the need for a specific forum to focus on the issue of discrimination in the oil and gas industry,” he said