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					  ei awards 2006
prize-winning profiles              february 2007

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A special supplement to



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                          w w w. e i a w a rd s . c o m
EI Awards                                                                                                  runners up

                                                                                                                                             environment award
                                                                                            poverty – where households spend over                                                          recovery system was also installed to
                                                                                                                                                                                           recyle R-22, an ozone depleting substance

 And the nominations
                                                                                            10% of their income on fuel bills – affects
                                                                                            around 2mn people across the country.                                                          used as a refrigerant for various cooling
                                                                                                                                             BG Group – ‘So that future generations        units on Tapti, rather than venting it to
                                                                                               According to the industry regulator
                                                                                                                                             thrive...’ Campaign                           the atmosphere.
                                                                                            Ofgem in 2005, despite £700mn being
                                                                                                                                             BG Exploration & Production India Ltd

 were...
                                                                                            spent over the previous three years on
                                                                                                                                             (BGEPIL) recognised that change, how-         Northern Ireland Electricity – NIE Smart
                                                                                            tackling this issue, 75% of vulnerable
                                                                                                                                             ever big or small, can lead to big differ-    Programme
                                                                                            people didn’t know where to turn to if
                                                                                                                                             ences and committed itself to the             Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE)
                                                                                            they were struggling to pay their fuel
                                                                                                                                             development of an environmental man-          has developed the NIE Smart
                                                                                            bills. As a result, six electricity and gas
                                                                                                                                             agement system that reduces the envi-         (Sustainable Management of Assets and
                                                                                            retailers joined forces, pledging £1mn to
                                                                                                                                             ronmental impact of operations while          Renewable Technologies) Programme –
                                                                                            tackle fuel poverty through the Home
                                                                                                                                             providing significant cost savings.           www.niesmart.co.uk – to raise awareness
                                                                                            Heat Helpline campaign.
                                                                                                                                             Multiple projects have been imple-            of micro-renewable energy among the
                                                                                               The helpline ascertains if a caller is eli-
                                                                                                                                             mented at the Tapti process platform          general public and specific stakeholders
                                                                                            gible for benefits and/or grants from
                                                                                                                                             over the past year, to address both local     groups in Northern Ireland. The initiative
                                                                                            energy retailers and government, and
                                                                                                                                             and global issues such as water scarcity,     also aims to develop the supply chain and
                                                                                            provides advice on energy efficiency and                                                                                                      Guest speaker Lord Coe
                                                                                                                                             ozone depletion and greenhouse gas            to stimulate market demand through a
                                                                                            help with paying fuel bills. It is also con-
                                                                                                                                             emissions. These efforts have resulted in a   number of specific programmes.                 simple wellhead temperature and pres-
                                                                                            nected directly to specialist teams within
                                                                                                                                             23,000 t/y reduction in total emissions of       To assist with the development of the
                                                                                            each energy supplier, who take calls from                                                                                                     sure measurements. However, PU uses
                                                                                                                                             greenhouse gases, with estimated savings      supply chain, NIE has developed partner-
                                             been trained extensively in the technical      vulnerable customers wishing to talk to                                                                                                       existing information and infrastructure to
The following are summaries                  aspects of retail, customer service stan-      their supplier. Since its launch, the
                                                                                                                                             of $0.3mn/y. The plan is to expand many       ships with organisations such as               estimate well oil, gas and water flows for
                                                                                                                                             of the schemes across the BG Group.           Thermomax and BP Solar to facilitate the
of each project nominated                    dards often fall behind those in the west.     helpline has received over 25,000 calls.                                                                                                      all wells, all of the time. This brings a
                                                                                                                                                Specific initiatives included the devel-   training of local installers. It has also
                                             BP responded by launching a Customer                                                                                                                                                         number of operational benefits,
                                                                                                                                             opment of gland packing for the plat-
for the 2006 EI Awards.                      Service Olympics initiative, to raise the      Pure Energy Centre – Pure Energy
                                                                                                                                             form’s condensate pumps that do not
                                                                                                                                                                                           worked with building control officers,         including faster well intervention to
                                             bar and improve the level of service           Project (received Honourable Mention)                                                          grant providers and the NIE DNO to             trouble-shoot problems, continuous opti-
                                                                                                                                             require any cooling by potable water in
communication award                          offered at its 46 retail sites around          The Pure (Promoting Unst’s Renewable                                                           remove other barriers to the uptake of         misation of well flows to increase produc-
                                                                                                                                             order to eliminate the use of scarce water    renewables, and has put in place grants
                                             Moscow.                                        Energy) Project was inaugurated on the                                                                                                        tion, more accurate hydrocarbon
                                                                                                                                             resources from the Bhavnagar shore base.      to stimulate uptake of the technologies.
New Energy Finance – New Energy                 Under the scheme, each BP retail site       most northerly Shetland Island of Unst in                                                                                                     allocation and reservoir stimulation, and
                                                                                                                                             The installation of a waste gas cooler        To date, NIE has offered £1mn in grant
Finance Desktop                              represents an individual country – its         May 2005 – reportedly the first off-grid                                                                                                      better maintenance of metering instru-
                                                                                                                                             eliminated the need for cold-venting of       support for small-scale renewables. In
The New Energy Finance Desktop has           employees being that country’s ‘Olympic        renewable        hydrogen      system    in                                                                                                   mentation.
                                                                                                                                             methane to the atmosphere, while the          addition, NIE has developed a micro-gen-
been developed to serve investors in the     team’. A grand opening ceremony was            Europe and the first community-owned             introduction of a modified procedure for      eration tariff in order to facilitate small
clean energy industry. This is achieved by   organised, with each team carrying the         hydrogen production plant in the world.                                                                                                       Northern Ireland Electricity – Pay-as-
                                                                                                                                             the restarting of process gas compressors     renewable generators to capture the
providing access to qualified investment     flag of their chosen country. An Olympic       The project utilises the Pure Hydrogen                                                                                                        you-go Keypad Metering
                                                                                                                                             reduced gas flare emissions. A refrigerant    value of both Renewable Obligation
opportunities and improving efficiency       flame was lit and each staff member was        Production Unit (Hypod) to deliver a sus-                                                                                                     Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has devel-
in work processes, including the gath-       given branded merchandise as their                                                                                                            Certificates and surplus power.
                                                                                            tainable source of hydrogen from renew-                                                                                                       oped a pay-as-you-go keypad metering
ering of market intelligence and under-      ‘Olympic kit’ to foster a sense of identity,                                                    EI Awards partner                                Over 500 householders, businesses and
                                                                                            able wind energy (solar or hydro can also                                                                                                     system that eliminates quarterly billing and
taking research. It provides a daily news    belonging and participation.                                                                    ‘Energy issues have never been so             communities in Northern Ireland have
                                                                                            be used as the input). The wind-gener-                                                                                                        provides numerous customer and business
service, sent directly to investors’ email      In addition, a number of customers –                                                         topical. Sustainable resources have hit       taken advantage of the Smart initiative
                                                                                            ated electricity is used to convert water                                                                                                     benefits, including significant cost savings.
accounts, as well as a database of 12,000    ‘brand believers’ – were tasked with vis-                                                       the top of government agendas and             to date. As well as saving energy, an esti-
                                                                                            into hydrogen, which is then bottled and         our industry is being called on to pro-       mated 1,000 tonnes of carbon have been         Already fitted in one out of four households
active organisations, 7,000 individuals      iting sites on a regular basis. If they felt   kept for convertion back into electricity
                                             that employees had delivered excellent                                                          duce the innovations of the future.           saved in just one year.                        in Northern Ireland, NIE claims the keypad
and 5,000 investment transactions repre-                                                    as and when required. The only waste
senting investment activity of over $50bn    service, an ‘Olympic medal’ – gold, silver                                                      Deloitte provides comprehensive,                                                             meters have the potential to revolutionise
since 2001.                                  or bronze – was awarded. In addition,
                                                                                            product from the entire process is water,        integrated solutions to this sector,          innovation award                               customer payment habits in the UK.
                                                                                            which is used as the cycle is repeated. The      helping companies address the range                                                             Inspired by pay-as-you-go mobile
   The Desktop covers 16 areas within the    each customer agreed to write a report
                                                                                            Pure system offers a practical operational       of challenges they face as they adapt         Shell UK – FieldwareTM Production              phones, the keypad meter offers instant
clean energy market – seven renewable        of their visit, listing any areas for
                                                                                            alternative energy system that uses no           to the changing regulatory environ-           Universe                                       feedback with the display showing how
sectors (wind, solar, geothermal, marine,    improvement.
                                                                                            fossil fuels and has zero carbon emissions,      ment, to political, economic and              FieldwareTM Production Universe (PU) is        much credit is left as well as average
mini-hydro, biomass and biofuels), five         A survey conducted in the first quarter
                                                                                            thereby delivering energy security at a          market pressure and to technological          an innovative remote well surveillance         daily/weekly cost. It also features an audible
energy architecture sectors (supply-side     of this year has shown that speed of ser-
                                                                                            local level.                                     developments. That's why we're                and optimisation system developed by           signal to warn of low credit and can be
efficiency, power storage, smart distribu-   vice and politeness amongst staff has
                                                                                               The project has also spawned new sus-         delighted to be supporting one of the         Shell. For the first time, three-phase (oil,   topped up with as little as £2. Customer
tion, energy efficiency and demand           greatly improved. In addition, staff moti-
                                             vation has increased, with a 9% drop in        tainable businesses, the most significant        biggest events of the year, which cel-        gas and water) well flows, reconciled to       benefits include cheaper electricity, with
reduction, and carbon capture and
                                             staff turnover compared to the same            of which are the PureEnergy Centre and           ebrates achievements of excellence            facility export measurements, can be           rates discounted by 2.5%, while the con-
sequestration), fuel cells, hydrogen,
carbon markets and support services.         period last year.                              its first spin-out company, PureShetland.        from across the industry and where            monitored for all wells continuously. It is    sumption feedback feature has led to
   In September 2005, less than a year          Other large companies in Moscow –           The latter has attracted around £50,000          judging is based on the greatest              a low cost system, retrofitable to existing    better understanding and control of elec-
from its launch, New Energy Finance was      such as Citibank – have expressed an           worth of private sponsorship from within         impact or potential impact of compa-          instrumentation. Where implemented,            tricity costs, with many customers reporting
named Euromoney Ernst & Young                interest in adopting the Olympic tem-          Shetland for developing a super-efficient        nies on a global scale.                       Shell has reported production gains of up      savings of over 11%. Business benefits
Information Service of the Year.             plate, demonstrating the initiative’s          hydrogen fuel cell-powered car as part of         These awards highlight the biggest           to 8%, together with a reduction in reser-     include a 30% reduction in ‘bad debt’
   A side-benefit of the work undertaken     transferability.                               an educational project with local schools.       and best achievements within the              voir decline rates.                            (equivalent to £1mn over the past two
to develop the system was the creation                                                         The Pure Project has demonstrated             global energy industry today and we              Economic constraints normally prevent       years), a 50% fall in billing costs, a 73%
of the NEX – reportedly the world’s first    community initiative                           that the production of renewable                 are hugely supportive of them.
                                                                                                                                               We look forward to continuing to
                                                                                                                                                                                           the continuous measurement of indi-            reduction in meter reading costs, a 14%
                                                                                            hydrogen on a small scale, with no envi-                                                       vidual well streams – test separators are      drop in in-bound calls and a 45% reduction
                                             award
global quoted index of clean energy
equities.                                                                                   ronmental impact, is a niche market              work with the Institute through our           usually shared across many wells, with         in debt management costs.
                                             Energy Retail Association – Home Heat          opportunity for businesses from remote           partnership and to championing                well flows periodically diverted to the           NIE claims the keypad meter has shat-
TNK-BP, Downstream Performance Unit,         Helpline campaign                              communities. Currently, the larger motor         innovation and excellence in the              device. The net effect is that individual      tered the myth that prepayment is a debt
Moscow – Customer Service Olympics           The Home Heat Helpline – 0800 336699 –         manufacturers with prototype hydrogen            sector.’                                      wells are discontinuously monitored –          management tool, stating that the system
Over the past decade, Russia’s fuel retail   was launched in October 2005, report-          vehicles are still using reformed hydrogen                                                     indeed, Shell estimates that 98% of the        has proved popular with all types of con-
sector has shown unprecedented               edly the first national helpline aimed at      that causes substantial carbon emissions         Carl Hughes, UK Head of Energy,               time surveillance of the well is non-          sumer, with only 8% of customers having
growth. However, while Russians have         tackling fuel poverty in Britain. Fuel         during its production.                           Deloitte                                      existent or occasionally attempted using       debt.




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EI Awards                                                                                                 runners up

international platinum                        Shell has realised immediate year-on-year
                                              savings of £5.1mn through a reduction in
                                                                                            ferencing in order to cut down on trans-       community along with him’ and believes
                                                                                                                                           community engagement to be vital, to
                                                                                                                                                                                           the selection of the best fit for purpose
                                                                                                                                                                                           items, the development of a corporate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          facility with an existing RE system at West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beacon Farm, Leicestershire, UK. The
                                                                                            port costs and emissions.
award                                         direct manpower costs and indirect costs         Such initiatives have not only resulted     ensure the example is followed by others.       PPE and safety clothes catalogue, which        system comprises an alkaline electrolyser,
                                                                                                                                           safety award
Petrotechnics – Transforming frontline        related to harmonising permit to work.        in reduced carbon dioxide emissions and                                                        tied together corporate visual standards       a compressed hydrogen store and two
operations through people, process and                                                      a 22% reduction in water consumption                                                           and technical specifications, and which        PEM fuel cells. The RE sources include
technology                                    University of Kuopio – Quantitative           over two years, but also led to significant    Talisman Energy (UK) – Handsafe                 provided employees with guidelines as to       solar photovoltaics, wind and hydro. A
Petrotechnics’ innovative approach of         prediction of nitrogen oxide emissions        cost savings for Nottingham City Council.      Programme                                       which PPE might be used for specific jobs,     propane-fuelled combined heat and
involving people at the frontline in          from mono- or co-combustion of alter-            Baxter regularly provides advice to         In 2005, Talisman’s historial data revealed     and centralised purchasing of all major        power unit is also to be converted run on
redesigning their own processes, sup-         native fuels                                  third parties, including the Nottingham        that hand and finger injuries remained          PPE categories.                                hydrogen. Other future plans include the
ported by reliable, practical technology is   In the drive to reduce global greenhouse      Energy Partnership, and is a project           one of the most common HSE issues off-             More than 60,000 sets of PPE were           installation of a hydrogen refuelling sta-
delivering impressive performance gains       gas emissions, there is growing interest in   leader for the Council’s involvement in        shore, with over 200 incidents recorded         delivered to employees within 10               tion for vehicles.
and real shareholder value onshore and        replacing fossil fuels with alternatives      the Carbon Trust LACM (local authority         since 2000. A total of 30 of the injuries       months. Not only has safety performance           Previously, the West Beacon Farm
offshore, upstream and downstream.            such as biofuels. In the power generation     carbon management) project.                    were serious, with two leading to ampu-         improved as a result, the scheme has set       system used the national electricity grid
Clients to date include BP, Shell,            sector, co-firing technology – where sev-                                                    tations. In order to address the problem,       the benchmark for the Russian petroleum        as a ‘limitless store’, exporting surplus
ExxonMobil and Total.                         eral fuels are burned simultaneously or       Ray Morgan                                     the company developed ‘Handsafe’ – a            sector and has been strongly supported         power and importing at times of deficit.
   Sentinal PRO is an integrated safe         sequentially – are proving popular.           Ray Morgan, Chief Executive, Woking            workforce-driven programme to raise             by the Russian government.                     Introducing the HES allows excess power
system of work solution that has trans-       However, alternative fuels have many dif-     Borough Council, has been nominated            awareness among employees that was                                                             to be absorbed by the electrolyser, which
formed disparate, paper-based and             ferent chemical, physical and process         for his long-term commitment to the pro-       delivered over five months by volunteers        technology award                               makes hydrogen by using electricity to
bureaucratic systems into a single inte-      operational characteristics compared to       tection of the environment. He has been        from each of Talisman’s 16 onshore and                                                         split water. The hydrogen is stored until
grated process. It has built on the success   fossil fuels, which, in turn, can signifi-    the prime mover of all the Council’s sus-      offshore sites.                                 Petrotech – SmarTestTM                         required later when there is a shortage of
of a pilot programme developed for BP’s       cantly impact boiler operation and emis-      tainable developments achieved during             As part of the programme employees           Oil and gas field developments are based       RE supply to meet the loads. It is then
ETAP field project in the North Sea, which    sions control. As a result, Kuopio            the last 24 years, including what is under-    were encouraged to provide feedback on          on verified discoveries of hydrocarbons.       converted back to electricity in the fuel
led to a three-fold improvement in safety     University has worked with various            stood to be the UK’s first sustainable         their experiences; ‘Don’t put your hands        Reserves’ fluid properties and behaviour       cells by reverse-electrolysis (or, in future,
performance. Since implementation in          research partners to develop more accu-       energy 200-kWe fuel cell-powered CHP           there!’ stickers and stencils were devel-       have traditionally been verified from con-     used to fuel vehicles).
2001, Sentinal PRO has clocked up over        rate and comprehensive mathematical           (combined heat and power) plant. The           oped; and demonstrations given, out-            ventional drill stem testing (DST) and            The programme has highlighted that
2mn hours of operational use, with over       predictions of nitrogen oxide (NOX) emis-     Borough of Woking also has more than           lining how incorrect use of tools and           wireline formation testing (WFT).              current hydrogen technology needs sig-
22,000 frontline workers currently using      sions that, in turn, can be used to help      9% of the total UK installed capacity of       machinery were leading to injuries, and         However, while providing accurate results,     nificant development if it is to cope with
the system to manage frontline work           improve a plant’s combustion process and      photovolataics and installed what is           then indicating correct, safe use. Various      the total operational cost for DST is high.    the rigours of operation alongside wind
execution on 113 installations, onshore       reduce emissions. Much of the work has        believed to be the first private wire dis-     communication methods were also devel-          In contrast, although WFT is less costly as    and solar generation. Some of the key
and offshore, upstream and downstream         focused on fluidised bed combustion and       tributed generation system in the world,       oped, as well as best practice procedures.      less rig days are required, the results are    findings of the HARI project are being fed
in 11 different countries.                    black liquor recovery boilers.                providing electricity, district heating and       In the first five months of 2006, the ini-   limited in both amount and quality as          into strategic initiatives (such as the
   The return on investment is reported          The project has accumulated a wealth       cooling directly to local customers.           tial figures indicated that hand and finger     they only reflect near well bore data.         London Hydrogen Partnership) and
to be significant. For example, BP in the     of new information on the chemical               Woking also demonstrates excellent          injuries accounted for 25% of Talisman’s           This has led to the development of a        energy roadmapping and scenario
UKCS is claimed to have realised direct       kinetics of NOX reactions in fluidised bed    practice in the field of partnership           total lost time injuries – down from 40%.       new concept for environmental friendly         building activities in the UK and Europe
cost savings of £1mn/y and a return of        combustion, as well as the effect of alkali   working and many of its achievements           Talisman is continuing to roll out the          well testing and reservoir field sampling –    (including E.ON, Policy Studies Institute,
investment in less than two years, while      vapours on the formation of NOX. This         have only been possible through the            scheme. Refresher sessions are planned          SmarTestTM – which is based on the inte-       HyWays).                                  ●
                                              information can be directly applied to        single-mindedness of Ray Morgan. It is         for existing sites, and new employees           gration of existing technology in conjunc-
                                              companies’ R&D work on the develop-           the only local authority in the UK to          now receive a short Handsafe briefing.          tion with the further refinement and
Winners reception                             ment of more accurate and complete            receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise,                                                        development of new technology.                  Welcome reception
‘For V.People Energy, the Energy              mathematical furnace models for the           recognising the Council’s unique achieve-      TNK-BP – TNK-BP PPE Centralisation              Developed by Petrotech, Hydro, Shell and        ‘ABB Engineering Services sees the EI
Institute Awards represent one of the         prediction and optimisation of NOx            ment in sustainable energy.                    Project                                         Demo 2000, SmarTestTM aims to produce           awards event as a very prestigious
most prestigious events in the                reduction, states the University.                Ray Morgan has demonstrated an              All employees involved in the production,       results that are comparable to those            and key industry event with a
industry calendar. Thus we were hon-             The project has contributed to a           ongoing commitment to championing              distribution, refining and marketing of         obtained from a conventional DST, but at        strong focus on technology, innova-
oured to sponsor the winners’ recep-          number of referee and other scientific        the interests of sustainability and has        petroleum products should be provided           less cost; thereby also outperforming           tion, safety and environment. As such
tion, serving as it did to underline our      publications, as well as two theses works.    been tasked with taking forward the            with good quality PPE (personal protec-         WFT.                                            we were very keen to sponsor the
support for the objectives of the                                                           objectives of the Council’s Climate            tive equipment) in order to be protected           The SmarTestTM system is environmen-         awards to show our support in these
                                              outstanding individual
awards and ensure full and proper                                                           Change Strategy through a rolling action       from operational hazards – indeed, it is a      tally friendly as it allows an oil and gas      areas and also to raise the profile of
recognition for the category winners                                                                                                       legal requirement. However, when TNK-                                                           ABB. I am also on the judging panel
                                              achievement award
                                                                                            plan. He has established Woking                                                                reservoir to be tested without bringing
and nominees.                                                                               Borough Council as a strong community          BP was first launched in Russia, it was         formation fluids to the surface. It records     and the standard of this year’s awards
   As a provider of global manpower                                                         leader that sets the very highest stan-        quickly apparent that the joint venture         pressure, temperature and fluid proper-         was extremely high. It is always
solutions to the energy industries, we        Ashley Baxter                                 dards in energy efficiency and tackling cli-   did not have a corporate-wide, unified          ties in real time, also measuring fluid flow    exciting to see what new ideas are
understand the importance and value           Ashley Baxter, Service Manager (Energy &      mate change. He has sought to ‘take the        standard that such PPE was required to          rates and collecting high quality PVT sam-      being developed.
of individuals, their skills and exper-       Sustainability), Nottingham City Council,                                                    meet.                                           ples from the well.                                ABB Engineering Services is an
tise. We were delighted to support            has been nominated for his role in                                                              Four major problem areas were identi-                                                        international technical consultancy
the EI Awards because of the spot-            helping the Council improve energy per-                                                      fied – non-compliance with modern               Bryte Energy – HARI (Hydrogen and               working globally with customers in
light they place on what are essen-           formance and reduce environmental                                                            safety standards; a lack of availability,       Renewables Integration) Project                 the oil and gas industry, providing
tially people-based achievements.             impact. Recently named Energy Institute                                                      with less than 20% of employees                 Launched as a means of testing and              support in many of the areas in
   The event highlighted the high cal-                                                                                                     equipped with modern PPE and an insuf-          demonstrating the principles of the             the awards, including environmental
                                              Energy Manager of the Year 2006, Baxter
ibre of work that is produced day in,                                                                                                      ficient choice of models; inconsistent          hydrogen economy in miniature, the              improvements, safety etc.
                                              has strongly promoted the use of green
day out by companies and individuals                                                                                                       pricing and lack of purchasing power;           Hydrogen and Renewables Integration                 ABB also used the event as an
                                              energy and the Council is now recognised
in the energy industries. It provided                                                                                                      inconsistent use of PPE, with employees         (HARI) Project provides operational expe-       opportunity to host a table of key cus-
                                              as being one of the largest independent
V. People Energy with a very welcome                                                                                                                                                       rience of integrating renewable energy          tomers from the oil and gas industry,
                                              UK purchasers of such energy. He has                                                         often not aware of, or not following, PPE
opportunity to play host to key clients                                                                                                                                                    (RE) and hydrogen energy storage (HES)          and we are looking forward to sup-
                                              implemented a variety of initiatives,                                                        rules.
on what was a superb social occasion.                                                                                                                                                      systems so as to understand operational         porting future EI awards. We very
                                              including the use of smart meters, a                                                            A working group was established to
We look forward to supporting the EI                                                                                                                                                       system performance in practice and to           much look forward to supporting fur-
                                              water leak detection and repair pro-                                                         tackle these issues. Work included the
Awards in the future.‘                                                                                                                                                                     build and validate computer models that         ther EI Awards events.’
                                              gramme, voltage reduction systems, PIR                                                       development of a PPE technical standard
                                              lighting controls, grey water recycling                                                      in accordance with the best international       could be applied to the design and imple-
Kirstin Ballantyne, Market Analyst,                                                                                                                                                        mentation of future systems.                    Peter Hunt, Vice President Oil and
                                              and solar water heating, and encouraged                                                      practices, a unified field testing proce-
V. People UK                                                                                                                                                                                  It focuses on the integration of an HES      Gas, ABB Engineering Services
                                              the use of pool cars and telephone con-                                                      dure for PPE and safety clothes to ensure




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EI Awards                                                                                                           judges


Whittling down the winners
                                                                                                                                                                            Joanna Woolf, CEO Strategic                                     Dan Mitchell, Head of
                                                                                                                                                                            Planning, Cogent SSC                                            Specialised Industries Division
                                                                                                                                                                            ‘I am delighted to be a                                         & Chief Inspector of Mines,
                                                                                                                                                                            judge this year for the                                         Health & Safety Executive
                                                                                                                                                                            EI’s Outstanding Individual                                     ‘I’m closely involved with
The Energy Institute (EI) received a large number of entries for the eight award                                                                                            Achievement Award. This                                         energy industries in HSE, having
                                                                                                                                                                            Award is an important oppor-                                    responsibilities which include
categories of the EI Awards 2006. Judging for each category was based on the                                                                                                tunity to celebrate the                                         mining and gas transportation.
                                                                                                                                                                            role     and      tremendous                                    I feel most privileged to assess
achievements deemed to have had the most impact or potential impact on the oil, gas                                                                                         contribution of the energy                                      the safety entries from the
and energy industry. The EI would like to take this opportunity to thank the                                                                                                industries in our society                                       wide range of activities relating
                                                                                                                                                                            today. Access to affordable,                                    to the EI. The innovative
independent panel of judges, all of whom took time out of their busy schedules to                                                       outstanding individual clean and reliable energy is                  safety award                   and high quality initiatives
whittle down the entries to the final nominations and winners. Here, the core judges                                                    achievement award the key to social and eco-                                                        from around the world
                                                                                                                                                                            nomic progress and to                                           really are impressive, securing
comment on why they feel the EI Awards are of continuing importance to the industry.                                                   improved living standards in the UK and globally.                     improvements to health and safety, and reducing accidents
                                                                                                                                          It is vitally important, particularly against a backdrop of neg-   and ill health. The dedication and determination of staff at all
                                                                                                                                       ative and at times conflicting viewpoints around energy and           levels comes through clearly in the summaries. Writing up the
                                                                                                                                       energy use, to celebrate real successes. Committed individuals        work doesn’t come easy to many, but sharing experiences fur-
                             Tracey Brown, Director, Sense                                         Chris Morris, General               working in this diverse industry make a huge impact and dif-          ther extends the safety benefits and makes it worthwhile –
                             about Science                                                         Secretary, IPIECA                   ference to all of our lives, whether in the form of research          even though there can only be one winning entry. Everyone
                             ‘I had the privilege of selecting                                     ‘Once again IPIECA (the             breakthroughs, progress in energy use and efficiency, or by           who has participated in the work and contributed to the
                             candidates       for    the     EI                                    International       Petroleum       their efforts to communicate the developments that play a crit-       entries is to be congratulated.‘
                             Communication Award. The                                              Industry        Environmental       ical role in society’s progress.’
                             entries took us from some                                             Conservation Association) is
                             very locally directed projects                                        delighted to be one of the
                             to others that were applied                                           core judging team responsible
                             internationally. Some had                                             for selecting the short-listed
                             addressed new challenges and                                          finalists for the Energy                                              Dr Erwin Gorczynski, Solutions Manager, SAIC
                             others had revisited some per-                                        Institute Community Initiative                                        ‘The EI Awards have become an important event and opportunity for the energy industry to
                             sistent ones. We were really                                          Award. IPIECA, the single
communication                pleased with the shortlist – the       community                     global association repre-
                                                                                                                                                                         publicise its achievements and to celebrate success. Technology plays a key role as an enabler to

                                                                    initiative award
                                                                                                                                                                         the industry and hence society as a whole in our continuing efforts to provide effective and sus-
award                        candidates had all, in different                                     senting both the upstream                                              tainable energy.
                             ways, thought carefully about                                        and downstream oil and gas                                                It has been my pleasure and privilege to be associated with these awards for five years. The
their audience and what was needed. Effective communica-           industry on key environmental and social issues, recognises                                           Technology Award has broadened in this time from an initial focus on IT to encompass all tech-
tion depends on identifying your audience and being                the growing pressures on our members in relation to impacts                                           nology, which has made it more interesting, if more difficult, to judge the merits of different
prepared to set out what a good result would look like. The        on, and role within, society and the communities where they                                           technologies and their application.
award clearly encourages people towards that crucial               operate. It is so important for the energy sector, as a whole,                                           Over the years the spread of entries has widened from an initial oil and gas focus to a broader
moment of reflection and honest evaluation that can turn a         to achieve better recognition for its contribution to eco-                                            view of energy production and usage, and a greater variety of technologies. I would like to
good communication project into great insights to be               nomic and social development through effective community                                              encourage more nominations from a broader spectrum of organisations which are applying
shared.’                                                           engagement. All the projects submitted demonstrate a                technology                        technology in novel ways to new and old problems.’
                                                                                                                                       award
                                                                   direct impact on the local, if not national, community,
                                                                   showing both leadership and commitment by management
                                                                   and the involvement of a broad cross-section of individuals




                                                                                                                                       ei awards 2007
                                Peter Waller, Director Energy      throughout the organisation. This year, as always, selection
                                Industries and Technologies        was extremely difficult, and all projects submitted should be
                                Unit, DTI                          commended for their excellence.’
                                ‘It was a real pleasure to be
                                asked to judge the
                                Innovation Category for the                                        Alain Heilbrunn, Secretary
                                EI. Whether I am qualified to                                      General, Concawe
                                judge an innovation category                                       ‘The world is changing very
                                is more debatable. I am a                                          quickly, as are the public’s




                                                                                                                                                      entry deadline:
                                Civil Servant with a law                                           expectations vis-à-vis large
                                degree – not the obvious                                           and profitable companies,
                                qualification to be a judge of                                     energy companies being at
innovation                      innovation in the energy                                           the top of the list. Changing
award                           sector. And I can’t pretend                                        behaviour all across the com-



                                                                                                                                                       29 june 2007
                                that I understood every tech-                                      pany is a very difficult task
nical aspect of the entries. But the essence of innovation is                                      and even if top management
not technology. It’s the ability to look at a familiar issue                                       is highly motivated, it is diffi-
with fresh eyes and see a way of addressing it which no             environment                   cult to ensure that this moti-
one had thought of before. And, most important, a way
                                                                    award                         vation flows all the way down



                                                                                                                                                  please see pages 24-25
which works. That could be technology-based but doesn’t                                           the line.
need to be.                                                          Making awards offers part of the solution, because it gives
  And that’s what characterised the winning entries. A            outside recognition of an attitude or a decision which fits with
known problem but a new solution. All justifying the follow-      new demands from the public. We have given more emphasis
up question: “Why on earth didn’t we think of that                to projects where personal involvement of the team was deci-
before?”’                                                         sive. We hope there are even more entries next year.’



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EI Awards                                                                                      Communication

Sponsored by Amec, the EI Communication Award is presented for the best
contribution to awareness of industry issues and its people. The 2006 Award was
presented by Ron Reeves, President, Business Development and Strategy, Amec –
Natural Resources.

And the winner is...
Knowsley Metropolitan
Borough Council –
Partnership Working

K
       nowsley Metropolitan Borough
       Council (MBC) has worked with
       numerous partners – including
energy      providers      Npower       and
Powergen, the Primary Care Trust, Age
Concern, unemployment centres and
housing associations – to deliver a range
of schemes designed to improve the
living conditions and health of the indi-
vidual. They have also been designed to
help protect the environment by raising
awareness of energy efficiency. A key
element of all the schemes has been
communication – getting the message
across to residents and key front-line
workers. A variety of communication
mediums have been used, ranging from
                                               Ron Reeves (right) presents Barry McKean with the EI Communication Award
letter drops and engaging with pupils in
schools, to commissioning and per-             home. Partnered by Powergen, who               break for workshops to go over the main
forming a play.                                employs the surveyors and installation         points of the play and to look at possible
   The initiatives include ‘Heatstreets’ – a   contractors, the scheme has been recog-        outcomes.
loft and cavity wall insulation installation   nised as a model of best practice and has        In the last financial year it is estimated
programme targeted at the fuel poor,           been replicated in other parts of the UK.      that the various schemes have saved
those on low incomes but not on bene-          It is estimated that each home benefits        28,000 tonnes of CO2 at a cost
fits, who have been spending more than         by a more than £150 reduction in its fuel      of £5.6mn.                                ●
10% of their income on fuel to heat their      bill, with the reduction in energy use
                                               leading to a 1 t/y saving in carbon
                                                                                              ‘The essence of communication is to
                                               dioxide (CO2) emissions per home.
‘Knowsley MBC’s Energy Team are                                                               know your audience, to tailor the
                                                  The ‘Health Through Warmth’ initia-
very pleased to have our partnership                                                          message accordingly in terms of its
                                               tive, sponsored by Npower and delivered
working acknowledged by the                                                                   content, form and destination, and to
                                               in partnership with the Merseyside
Energy Institute. It is generally                                                             verify that it has been understood.
                                               Energy Efficiency Advice Centre, focuses
accepted now, that to deliver suc-                                                            With offices in more than 30 coun-
                                               on the vulnerable and elderly living in
cessful programmes requires real                                                              tries and at least as many different
                                               cold and damp homes, providing a range
team working where partners are                                                               languages being spoken by our
                                               of funding and grants. The scheme pro-
considered equal but where all pool                                                           stakeholders, communication is an
                                               vides training for front-line staff, such as
resources for the benefit, in our case,                                                       important issue to Amec. Our aim in
                                               district nurses, carers and health visitors,
of our residents. Just one of our part-                                                       sponsoring the Energy Institute
                                               who regularly visit people in their homes
nership working projects has resulted                                                         Communication Award is to recognise
                                               and can identify health problems related
in our housing stock now being                                                                those projects where getting the
                                               to the cold and damp.
recognised as being the most energy               ‘Watt Watchers’ encourages pupils to        message across has been the key
efficient in the country, this in a            think about energy, where it comes from        driver. Such a project was Knowsley
Borough that is recognised as being            and how it is used in the home, giving         Metropolitan Borough Council’s part-
one of the most deprived in the                children the opportunity to carry out an       nership working scheme to raise
country. Such an award from the                energy survey on their own home in             awareness of energy efficiency in its
Energy Institute gives a boost to our          order to receive tailored feedback and         local community. By investigating its
efforts and helps us convince others           energy saving suggestions. Other initia-       audience thoroughly, the partnership
that we must be doing something                tives include an energy play – Freda and       was able to deliver a series of prag-
right!’                                        the Freephone Number – which features          matic and innovative programmes
                                               elements of a potential carbon                 with measurable results.’
Barry McKean, Energy Conservation              monoxide poisoning, gas safety, pro-
Manager, Knowsley Metropolitan                 tecting the environment and quality of         Ron Reeves, President of Business
Council                                        life. The play is in two acts, with a cliff-   Development and Strategy, Amec
                                               hanger at the end of act one, allowing a




 8                                                                                                                  FEBRUARY      2007
EI Awards                                                                       Community Initiative

Sponsored by Total, the EI Community Initiative Award is presented for the best new
initiative to benefit the community. It is regarded as one of the toughest awards to
judge, due to the tremendous efforts made by oil and gas companies across the globe
to work with their local communities. The 2006 Award was presented by Roland Fester,
Managing Director, Total E&P UK.

                                                                                         community, including security, mainte-
And the winner is...                                                                     nance, office services, emergency
                                                                                         response, marine and site paramedic
BG Group – Working                                                                       skills. Local workers at the plant have
with the Community                                                                       seen a 50% increase in their salaries
                                                                                         compared to their previous wages, and


B
       G Group emphasises the impor-                                                     extensive training is given to ensure
       tance of being a socially respon-                                                 that workers are equipped for their
       sible employer, as well as being a                                                roles and continued development.
good neighbour. A community employ-                                                        In addition, ELNG contractors are
ment initiative at the Egyptian LNG                                                      now far more aware of their role and
(ELNG) plant at Idku is a good example                                                   influence in the local community – as
of how this objective is met in practice,                                                demonstrated by their assistance with
with some 34% of the workforce drawn                                                     the construction of a school for handi-
from the local community since the                                                       capped children.                     ●
plant was commissioned in 2005.
During the construction phase, local
residents working on site peaked at
40% of total manpower.                                                                    ‘Selecting a shortlist from the
   The Idku region, located on the Nile                                                   Community Initiative entries was very
delta some 40 km east of Alexandria, is       Roland Fester (left) presented the EI       difficult since they are all worthy pro-
an area troubled by both high levels of       Community Initiative Award to               jects. The energy industry can be
unemployment and under-employ-                Mohamed El Gallouly, Deputy Chief           proud of its contribution to communi-
ment, and low levels of skilled labour.       Executive, Egyptian LNG                     ties throughout the world and we
As a result, a chief goal during the con-                                                 must constantly seek to understand
                                              Development Plan, which includes sup-
struction and operation of the ELNG                                                       community needs and aspirations if
                                              port for the training and development
project was to increase job opportuni-                                                    we are to develop programmes with a
                                              of Idku’s youth and disadvantaged pop-
ties among the local population.                                                          long term future.
                                              ulation; developing the entrepreneurial
   It is always difficult to change tradi-                                                   Total operates in over 130 countries,
                                              spirit by assisting with microfinance
tional practices. Similar businesses in                                                   where it participates in many types of
                                              schemes; improving local medical facili-
the region have traditionally used a                                                      community activity – cultural, educa-
                                              ties by donating equipment and
rotational shift system of ‘one week                                                      tional, social and environmental. We
                                              through training; improving road
on/one week off’, so ELNG had to                                                          see other companies also actively sup-
                                              safety; and assisting the local fishing
change people’s mindset and views. To                                                     porting a similarly diverse range of
                                              community by reaching agreement
make this possible, employment obliga-                                                    activities. With respect to the broad
                                              with the security forces to allow fish-
tions were drawn up into contracts,                                                       range of entries for the Energy
                                              ermen to transit across the LNG port
stating that the recruitment of local                                                     Institute Community Initiative Award,
                                              exclusion zone. The overall plan is to      from all over the world, it is clear that
Idkuians was a priority, a policy actively    make Idku a place where future
followed up by ELNG.                                                                      the organisations involved are them-
                                              employees will wish to relocate to and      selves proud of their projects and
   To offset skill shortages – such as edu-   raise a family.
cational qualifications, professional,                                                    want to promote their success.
                                                 The Idku scheme has been a huge suc-        So, selecting a winner was difficult,
technical and language skills – among         cess, with Idku residents now an inte-
the local employees, ELNG committed                                                       but we must remember, the award
                                              gral part of ELNG work teams,               aims to recognise a new project and
to develop recruits through intensive         transferring new skills into the local
training and development pro-                                                             one which is sustainable.
grammes. ELNG has also insisted that                                                         In the BG community initiative, we
                                               ‘BG Group emphasises the impor-            see a benefit has been brought to the
contractors pay good wages and pro-
                                               tance of being a socially responsible      community through developing new
vide medical insurance and other bene-
                                               employer, as well as being a good          skills that will sustain future genera-
fits not normally given to unskilled
                                               neighbour. We are delighted that           tions, encourage confidence within
staff. The usual practice is to give low
                                               the BG Group/Egyptian LNG commu-           the workforce and, at the same time,
wages and no benefits, accepting a             nity employment initiative has been        secure the future of the BG business.
high turnover of staff. However, this          recognised as a good example of            BG and their community partners are
approach was not acceptable to ELNG            how this objective is met in practice.’    worthy winners.’
as it does not sustainably develop the
local workforce.                               Mark McCarthy, Head of External            Roland Festor, Managing Director,
   The Idku initiative is part of a            Communications, BG Group                   Total E&P UK
more extensive five-year Community




 10                                                                                                            FEBRUARY       2007
EI Awards                                                                                         E n v i ro n m e n t

Sponsored by KPMG, the EI Environment Award recognises that the environment and
managing environmental issues are increasingly important in today’s society. It is
presented for the best new initiative to benefit the environment. The 2006 Award was
presented by Sarah MacNaught, UK Head of Oil and Gas, KPMG.

And the winner is...
Thermal Energy Systems
and US Sugar
Corporation – Boiler #8
USSC Clewiston: A new
standard in emissions
control


T
      he sugar cane industry is a classic
      example of co-generation using a
      renewable resource – the fibrous
residue from the sugar cane (bagasse)
fuels the boilers to satisfy the energy
requirements of the entire site, with
only the process acting as a condenser.
   However, where the industry has
been less than responsible in the past,
has been in its approach to boiler emis-
sions. In many parts of the world there
are still no or, at best, minimal legal
limits – sometimes because the              Dr Mike Inkson receives the EI Environment Award from Sarah McNaught
agroindustry sector is exempt from such
legislation – so the owners only reduce     worked closely with the Florida author-      'Minimising the impact of business
particulates in order to cut ID fan ero-    ities to agree a set of emissions require-   operations on the environment is key
sion, and do not even consider gaseous      ments that were ‘strict, yet workable’.      to creating a sustainable future. As
emissions.                                  Thermal Energy Systems (TES) was             an organisation, KPMG strongly pro-
   The good news is that the industry is    appointed in March 2003 to engineer a        motes the need to understand and
improving, although not necessarily at      boiler to meet these requirements.           manage environmental performance
a fast pace.                                   The outline specification was for a 226   alongside our own financial perfor-
   US Sugar has long had a proactive        800 kg/hr boiler delivering 4,137kPa,        mance. Our greatest influence on the
approach to responsible environmental       399ºC steam when firing bagasse, and         environment, however, is through
management and, when starting the           capable of 60% MCR (maximum contin-          the advice we provide and the clients
permitting process for the new boiler at    uous rating) output when firing oil, pri-    we work with.
its Clewiston sugar cane mill just south    marily during start-up. The emissions          Managing environmental impacts
of Lake Okeechobee in the US, it            requirements were:                           is a particular challenge for the
                                                                                         energy industry and we were
 ‘Thermal Energy Systems, despite           •   particulates ~24 mg/Nm;                  therefore delighted to support this
 being a technology leader in indus-        •   nitrogen dioxide* ~81 ppmvd;             award to demonstrate that positive
 trial boilers firing renewable fibrous     •   carbon monoxide* ~363 ppmvd;             working practices are to be encour-
 fuels, is a small company. The only        •   volatile organic compounds ~111          aged and pursued.'
 way to describe winning such a pres-           ppmvd.
 tigious award as the Energy Institute                                                   Sarah McNaught, UK Head of Oil
 Environment Award 2006 is like win-          TES rose to the challenge, designing a     and Gas, KPMG
 ning an Oscar – having snatched it         boiler that more than met the design
 away from the Hollywood stars.             requirements and achieved an efficiency
   The engineers and technicians that       of 63.5%. Indeed, the Clewiston Mill sets    *To be measured continuously with
 form the core of the company are all       a new standard in emissions controls for     continuous      emission      monitoring
 delighted with the news and, I am          the sugar cane industry, as the levels       (CEMS) equipment. Note: because the
 sure, motivated to do even better in       achieved have never before been              US relates some emissions to the gross
 future years.’                             reached by a bagasse-fired boiler. TES       energy input to the boiler, it is not pos-
                                            believes these high standards could also     sible to directly relate the units to
 Dr Mike Inkson, Managing Director,         be possible with the boiler fuelled          European norms as it depends, inter
 Thermal Energy Systems                     by other fibrous renewable energy            alia, on the boiler efficiency.
                                            sources.                              ●




12                                                                                                            FEBRUARY      2007
EI Awards                                                                                                  Innovation

Sponsored by ExxonMobil, the EI Innovation Award recognises that innovation is
paramount if the energy industry is to responsibly meet today’s challenges and demands
on a global basis. The 2006 Award was presented by Robert Olsen,Chairman, ExxonMobil.

And the winner is...
Amec, in association
with Fabricom Oil and
Gas – The Offshore
Access System


T
      he widespread introduction of nor-
      mally unmanned installations
      (NUIs) has significantly increased
levels of helicopter shuttling of per-
sonnel to and from a platform to allow
them to undertake maintenance and
project work. Today, in the southern
North Sea (SNS) alone, some 75% of all
helicopter flights are for NUI shuttling.
This large number of NUIs, coupled with
higher platform workloads arising from
aging installations, wells and limited off-
                                              Robert Olsen (right) presented Amec with the EI Innovation Award
shore accommodation, has resulted in a
growing work backlog. Meanwhile, the          installed without helidecks.                   onboard the vessel, increasing work effi-
cost of operating helicopters has risen          This led Shell, in collaboration with       ciency and reducing offshore re-work.
significantly and is increasingly domi-       Amec Jacobs Stork (AJS) and Fabricom              The OAS was installed on the Smit
nating operating expenditure (opex).          Oil & Gas, to develop a safe and cost-         Kamara and accepted into SNS opera-
Furthermore, the latest generation of         efficient marine intervention capability,      tions in May 2006. A smaller, lightweight
low capex (capital expenditure) NUIs (eg      which both challenges and complements          unit is in development for use in more
Tridents and monopiles) are being             the traditional use of helicopters as the      benign waters, for installation on crew
                                              primary mode of transportation in the          boats.
 ‘We are very proud to have won the           southern North Sea.                               Amec and Fabrication Oil & Gas have
 Energy Institute Innovation Award               The Offshore Access System (OAS) is a       signed a global cooperative agreement
 for the Offshore Access System. It is        specialist piece of equipment that uses        to market OAS.                         ●
 extremely rewarding to receive such          advanced heave-compensated tech-
 prestigious recognition from the             nology to connect a moving vessel with a        ‘ExxonMobil is a company that is
 industry, particularly in respect of the     rigid offshore platform in wave heights         totally committed to the develop-
 high standard of the competition.            of up to 2.5 metres. It provides almost all     ment of innovative technology. For
    The Offshore Access System (OAS)          year round access to NUIs for the 28            decades, we have consistently led the
 is a specialist piece of equipment           (maximum) staff accommodated on the             energy industry in R&D, so it's very
 whose purpose is to connect a                vessel. The connection procedure takes          appropriate for us to sponsor the
 moving vessel with a rigid offshore          just a few minutes, after which the crew        award for the most outstanding
 installation and allows for the safe         can walk over the gangway from the              innovation.
 transfer of personnel. Although the          ship to the installation. The disconnec-           The OAS hits all the attributes for
 advanced heave – compensated tech-           tion procedure takes a matter of sec-           the Innovation Award. A major
 nology of the OAS provides an                onds. In the event of an emergency, the         advance that has potential applica-
 extendable and stable gangway                disconnection is carried out automati-          tions in many offshore locations
 between the service vessel and the           cally and safely by the OAS control             around the world, it is an excellent
 platform, the benefits which this            system, which maintains the bridge at a         example of industry innovation.
 brings to the customer are much              constant height.                                   As well as being an important
 more significant.                               Operator benefits include the elimina-       recognition of the creative work put
    The OAS will provide an industry          tion of the two statistically largest risks     in by individuals and teams across the
 step change in offshore work                 to personnel – helicopter flying and
                                                                                              industry, awards can act as a stimulus
 strategy. Reducing safety risks,             accommodation on a platform con-
                                                                                              for change. The industry faces tough
 reducing operating costs, and                taining a large gas inventory; a 50% to
                                                                                              challenges today and innovative
 increasing productivity are all central      100% increase in NUI productivity time;
                                                                                              thinking is more important than
 to the OAS solution.’                        no lost time due to fog; greater opera-
                                                                                              ever.‘
                                              tional flexibility, allowing direct response
 Robert Devine, Project Manager,              to unplanned events; concurrent support
                                                                                              Robert Olsen, Chairman,
 Amec and Fabricom Oil & Gas                  to multiple locations; support of work-
                                                                                              ExxonMobil International
                                              shops, materials, tools, communications




14                                                                                                               FEBRUARY      2007
EI Awards                                                                   International Platinum

Sponsored by TNK-BP, the EI International Platinum Award recognises the overall
excellence that a company or project has achieved. It takes into account not only the
projects put forward in this category, but also all the projects entered under the other EI
Award categories. This makes it unique as an award for the achievement with the
greatest impact, regardless of the area of the industry. The 2006 Award was presented
by Tony Considine, Executive Vice President, TNK-BP.

And the winner is...
Mott MacDonald –
Ghazi-Barotha
Hydropower


P
      akistan has limited indigenous oil,
      gas and coal resources, and the
      1,450-MW Ghazi-Barotha project on
the Indus River plays a vital role in
helping reduce the fuel import bill. Every
effort was made to minimise environ-
mental disruption during construction
and the project has set a number of stan-
dards for industry best practice.
   From the outset, the national utility
Water and Power Development
Authority (WAPDA) made every effort to       Noel Galvin receives the EI International Platinum Award from Tony Considine (left)
identify potential issues of concern to
the rural community and ensure adverse       the power channel, and the third located      and allow the power plant to operate at
environmental and archaeological             near Barotha.                                 its full 1,450 MW capacity during times
effects were avoided.                           Pakistan has more than 600 km of link      of peak demand. This innovation meant
   The power channel location was care-      canals that convey irrigation water from      the power channel did not have to be
fully chosen to run through the foothills,   one river to another. In most cases the       made even larger. In addition, the plant’s
avoiding villages. As a result, only 110     excavation material has been dumped           remote control system features a full
families had to be relocated. These fam-     on the banks, creating wastelands. In an      diagnostic capability, ensuring that faults
ilies received money to build new houses     innovative concept used for the first time    are traced in the shortest possible time,
in three specially developed villages –      in Pakistan, Ghazi-Barotha contractors        leading to minimal environmental
one near Ghazi, one near the middle of       spread excavated spoil material on both       impact.                                  ●
                                             banks, creating spoil banks with cultivat-
                                             able topsoil to act as farmland. It is also    ‘Businesses of the twenty-first century
 ‘Mott MacDonald was very honoured           planned to provide tubewells where sub-        ought to find the right balance
 to accept the Energy Institute’s            soil water is available, making these bays     between commercial profitability and
 International Platinum Award for            irrigated farmland, which will be resold       good for society. The best in class
 2006 on behalf of the project owner,        at the price of non-irrigated land to          energy companies can combine eco-
 (WAPDA) and the project engineer,           those people whose farmland was pur-           nomic rationale and environmental
 Pakistan Hydro Consultants (PHC).           chased to construct the power channel.         benefits, and produce an overall posi-
   Mott MacDonald, as a partner of           The utility anticipates that between 35%       tive impact on society.
 PHC, has been involved in the devel-        and 40% of the land acquired could be             The projects nominated for Energy
 opment of Ghazi-Barotha for more            returned to farmers. Land that the orig-       Institute Awards answer the best cri-
 than 14 years and we would like to          inal owners choose not to buy will be          teria of sustainable development. The
 acknowledge all the engineers who           offered to other farmers in the area.          International Platinum Award is given
 have worked on the project from the            The power channel is reported to be         for exceptional performance and pro-
 feasibility study through to imple-         the largest concrete-lined canal in the        ject execution. It goes to talented and
 mentation and commissioning.                world, with a full discharge capacity of       dedicated people who can deliver
   Mott MacDonald has worked on              1,600 cm/second – this is more than 2.5        innovation, commercial advantage
 hydro projects in Pakistan since the        times the capacity of the largest link         and real value to the society.
 1960s and we are pleased that the           canal in Pakistan. It is trapezoidal in           TNK-BP, a Russian venture with
 Energy Institute has recognised the         shape, with a bed slope of 1:9,600 that        international roots, is pleased to sup-
 Ghazi-Barotha Hydropower Project            creates a self-cleaning velocity of 2.33       port the International Platinum
 for its benefits to the energy              metres/second at full supply depth of          Award, and assist in transferring the
 industry.‘                                  nine metres. A number of major and             best knowledge to Russia.’
                                             minor road bridges and footbridges
 Noel Galvin, Associate, Mott                were built across the power channel.           Tony Considine, Executive Vice
 MacDonald                                   Two headponds have been constructed            President, TNK-BP
                                             to supplement the channel discharge




 16                                                                                                              FEBRUARY      2007
EI Awards                                                 Outstanding Individual Achievement

Sponsored by Norman Broadbent, the EI Outstanding Individual Achievement Award
recognises that the dedication and spirit of one individual can make a tremendous
impact on the industry, providing inspiration to us all. The 2006 Award went to
Dr Randy Gossen in recognition of his commitment to social responsibility and
sustainable business practices. It was presented by Jon Glesinger, Managing Director,
Energy & Natural Resources Practice, Norman Broadbent.

And the winner is...
Dr Randy Gossen, Vice
President of Safety,
Environment and Social
Responsibility, Nexen Inc


D
       r Randy Gossen, Vice President of
       Safety, Environment and Social
       Responsibility at Nexen, was
nominated for the Outstanding
Individual Achievement Award in
recognition of his commitment to social
responsibility and sustainable business
practices. Not only does he believe that
corporate responsibility is the right
thing to do, he lives it everyday in his
                                            EI Outstanding Achievement Award winner Dr Randy Gossen (left) with Jon Glesinger
personal life and in his role with Nexen,
by championing and encouraging it
across the international oil and gas        of the International Petroleum              respected member of the international
industry.                                   Industry Environmental Conservation         business community.                ●
  Dr Gossen has been actively involved      Association (IPIECA), which holds
with the World Petroleum Council            United Nations status, allowing it access   ‘At the EI Awards we find ourselves in
(WPC) for more than 12 years and is cur-    as an NGO to UN treaty processes. He        good company on an evening hon-
rently serving a three-year term as WPC     has been very active in other global ini-   ouring an industry which is rich with so
President. He was instrumental in a         tiatives such as the United Nations         many people who explore and push
number of initiatives implemented           Global Compact (UNGC), co-chairing a        boundaries – personally, geographi-
during his four years as Chair              working group that developed a              cally, corporately and, indeed, politi-
                                            Business Guide to assist companies in       cally.
                                            assessing and managing risk in zones of       At Norman Broadbent, we help
 ‘I was absolutely thrilled and hon-
                                            conflict, which led the development of      companies to attract, retain and
 oured to receive this award.
                                            a partnership project with the UNDP,        develop talented individuals and
 Although the award recognises an
                                            CIDA and the Yemen government on            teams – the very people who will be
 individual contribution, I view it as a
                                            water supply and sanitation. Most           pushing the boundaries. We believe
 team accomplishment. The support
                                            recently, he sponsored and participated     that in our business and our practices,
 from my Nexen colleagues and the
                                            in a road show to attract Canadian com-     we are measurably different.
 commitment by the company to
                                            panies to the UNGC.                           Considering our involvement with
 operating with the highest level of
                                               Dr Gossen has held, or currently         great people, it is perhaps not sur-
 integrity and social responsibility has
                                            holds, many industry and volunteer          prising that we should be so keen to
 greatly facilitated any contributions
                                            positions with accredited institutions,     be closely associated with an award
 that I may have made.
                                            including the Canadian government,          that recognises outstanding individual
    In addition, I have been priv-
                                            the University of Calgary, the Canadian     achievement – individuals who are
 iledged to work with a number of
                                            Association of Petroleum Producers and      themselves as measurably different as
 outstanding international organisa-
                                            the Canadian Chemical Producers             we feel that they are. We are
 tions such as IPIECA, the World
                                            Association. He is a sought after           delighted that the award has been
 Petroleum Council and the United
                                            speaker on the topic of social responsi-    made to an individual of such great
 Nations Global Compact. Finally, I
                                            bility, sustainability and community        accomplishment. Dr Gossen clearly
 wish to acknowledge the encourage-
                                            involvement globally.                       has a passion for his work and the
 ment and tolerance from my wife
                                               In short, Dr Gossen is an outstanding    industry.’
 and family who make all of this
                                            inspiration and mentor to the
 worthwhile.’
                                            development and implementation of           Jon Glesinger, Managing Director,
                                            social responsibility, sustainability and   Energy & Natural Resources Practice,
 Dr Randy Gossen
                                            ethics in business, and is a highly         Norman Broadbent




18                                                                                                          FEBRUARY      2007
EI Awards                                                                                                              Safety

Sponsored by Shell, the EI Safety Award is presented for the best example of safe
practice and recognises that we should never underestimate the role safety plays in the
oil, gas and energy business, whether it be for employees or the general public. The
2006 Award was presented by John Hollowell, Vice President–Production, Shell
Exploration & Production, Europe.

And the winner is...
Total E&P UK – The
Alwyn North
Telemedicine Project


T
      he Alwyn North Telemedicine pro-
      ject is all about addressing the ‘H’ in
      HSE (health, safety and the environ-
ment). It provides access via satellite
telecommunications to Aberdeen’s Royal
Infirmary’s Telemedicine network –
reportedly the largest such network in
the world, which links up 14 community
hospitals in north-east Scotland – to pro-
vide an integrated medical service from
onshore medical specialists, 24 hours           The Total winners, with John Hollowell (far right) who presented their award
a day. The offshore medic is able to call
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, with patient          Commission co-funded project that aims        it has been found that workers are going
record       oriented      software,     via    to supply integrated solutions for med-       offshore who are not medically fit
‘low quality’ video conferencing using          ical consultations onboard offshore facil-    for the task they are employed for –
Netmeeting. In a situation where a spe-         ities. The project is initially focusing on   despite having an onshore-generated
cialist second opinion is required, a real-     the European market, although it could        medical certificate.                   ●
time consultation can be established            be extended to other regions, such as
using a real-time application.                  West Africa.                                   ‘Total E&P UK is delighted to have
   Total believes the Alwyn North Sea              The installation of Telemedicine facili-    been recognised by the UK Energy
project is one of only two offshore instal-     ties on the Alwyn North platform will          Institute Awards 2006 under the
lations worldwide to have such facilities       improve the diagnosis phase of accident        Safety category for the Alwyn North
– the other being the Saipem 7000 heavy         or illness cases resulting in a better sta-    Telemedicine Project.
lift semi-submersible vessel currently          bilisation of the patient and the reduc-         Health, safety and environmental
operating in the Mediterranean.                 tion of unnecessary medical evacuations,       efforts are at the forefront of our
   Through its discussions with Aberdeen        which in itself can expose patients to         business and the award underlines
Royal Infirmary, Total has become part of       more risk in adverse weather situations.       our commitment to ensure continued
OPTESS (Offshore Platform Telemedicine          It will also improve the general health-       safe and sustainable operations.
Service via Satellite), a European              care of offshore workers through rou-            The project enables access to a net-
                                                tine contacts with onshore specialists,        work of medical experts and specialist
 ‘Safety is always Shell's highest pri-         and reduce stress in offshore workers,         equipment. Improving diagnosis and
 ority; the safety of our Shell                 with the knowledge that they have              treatment of medical cases offshore is
 employees and the contractors who              expert medical advice readily available.       not only expected to enhance health-
 work with us. Shell's ultimate goal is            A possible future application of            care, but also potentially reduce the
 to operate with zero incidents and to          Telemedicine is the medical assessment         number of medical evacuations and
 help make the North Sea the safest             for fitness to work offshore whilst the        their associated risks.’
 place to work in the global oil and gas        worker is actually on the platform.
 industry. We invest time, energy and           Traditionally, workers undergo their           Terry Cooper, HSE Manager, Total
 funding into preventing incidents              medical assessment immediately prior to        E&P UK
 before they cause a safety alert and           departing for their offshore work
 are always happy to support industry           period. If the individual fails the medical
 initiatives which help this process.           at this time, it is very difficult to make     ‘This technology has brought, for the
    The Safety Award recognises and             arrangements for replacements at short         first time, advanced medical care to
 encourages safe working practices;             notice. The Telemedicine system will           offshore workers in the UK North Sea.
 Shell is pleased to sponsor it again this      allow medics to undertake examination          This could potentially benefit any
 year.’                                         and assessment of patients with a doctor       remote worker, anywhere in the
                                                observing using video conferencing. An         world.’
 John Hollowell, Vice President–                added benefit of the offshore medical is
 Production, Shell Exploration &                that a medic or doctor will be able to         Roland Festor, Managing Director,
 Production, Europe                             assess the medical condition of a worker       Total E&P UK
                                                for a specific job offshore. All too often




 20                                                                                                                FEBRUARY     2007
EI Awards                                                                                                Te c h n o l o g y

Sponsored by BG Group, the EI Technology Award recognises that the energy industry is
built on the foundation of world leading technology and its unique ability to respond to
every challenge – be it drilling wells in water depths measured in thousands of feet, or
harnessing the power of nature. It is awarded for the best application of new or existing
technology. The 2006 Award was presented by Les Guthrie, Vice President and General
Manager, BG Group.

And the winner is...
TraceTag International
and John Hogg Technical
Solutions – DiTag Fuel
Marking


S
     muggling or the adulteration of fuel
     is a major problem in many parts of
     the world. Oil marketing companies
(OMCs) can suffer brand and reputation
damage as a result of fuel adulteration or
the unauthorised sale of inferior fuels
through their own independently oper-          Dag Haugse, TraceTag International and Greg Thorne, John Hogg Technical Solutions
ated outlets. Meanwhile, the varying tax       receive the EI Technology Award from Les Guthrie (centre)
regimes in neighbouring countries pro-
                                               products to prove brand identity and the        efficiently checked to determine what
vide an enormous incentive to smugglers.
                                               presence of specific brand additives and        action to take.
This illegal movement of fuels results in
                                               their concentration, thereby ensuring        • Prosecute – The forensic element
considerable taxation losses for govern-
                                               customer confidence. The system has             allows absolute authentication of the
ments, as well as lost sales of legitimate
                                               been designed to meet both national             product, which can subsequently pro-
fuels by the OMCs. It is vitally important
                                               fuel marking (fiscal) legislation and OMC       vide strong evidence to secure convic-
to be able to determine the origin of
                                               requirements.                                   tion of perpetrators in a court of law.
fuel, as well as the fiscal status, allowing
                                                  The DiTag system can be employed as a        The technology is now moving out into
authorities to determine the legitimacy
                                               national marker, used either to mark         wider sectors of the industry, including
of the product.
                                               legitimate duty paid fuels such as gaso-     lubricant brand protection, the marking
  DiTag is a new, patented, state-of the-
                                               line and diesel, or lower duty fuels         of oil field aquifers to identify water
art fuel marking and verification system
                                               (kerosene, heating oil, or solvents) that    sources in offshore production wells,
that is claimed to provide a totally secure
                                               could be abused to adulterate legitimate     addition to high quality fuel perfor-
system for the marking of branded oil
                                               fuels. The system is also ideal as a brand   mance packages, and marking of
                                               protection marker.                           specialist, high-value fuels. It can also
                                                  The patented system consists of an in-    be utilised in the tracking of crude
 ‘The Technology Award recognises              field chemical marker, for rapid verifica-
 years of successful development and is                                                     oil cargos.                              ●
                                               tion by the roadside, combined with
 a symbol of the commercial break-             unique synthetic DNA codes. There is an
 through we are currently experi-                                                            ‘BG Group is proud to be a sponsor
                                               unlimited coding capacity, which means
 encing in the global fuel marking                                                           of the Energy Institute Awards for a
                                               that customers can be guaranteed to
 industry. For more than a decade                                                            fourth year. The awards are impor-
                                               receive a totally unique code that has
 TraceTag has invested significant                                                           tant as they recognise and celebrate
                                               never been used in the past, nor used for
 resources in developing what we                                                             excellence within our industry.
                                               any other purpose in the future. Multiple
 today proudly offer as a unique DNA                                                           The importance of technology in
                                               codes can be employed – for example,
 fuel marker, available both stand-                                                          our industry has always been key to
                                               one code as a national marker and, simul-
 alone and in combination with John                                                          our successes and never more so than
                                               taneously, different codes for brand pro-
 Hogg’s chemical marker.                                                                     in today's increasingly competitive
                                               tection purposes by OMCs.
   TraceTag currently operates fuel                                                          market place where oil and gas is
                                                  The system is reported to be com-
 marker schemes across the globe in                                                          being discovered in more remote and
                                               pletely secure, non-toxic, environmen-
 Asia, Europe and South America. The                                                         challenging locations.
                                               tally safe and cannot be duplicated or
 trust we experience from customers            counterfeited. It provides absolute             This year's entries are just the tip of
 and the recognition by the Energy             authentication and works on three levels:     the iceberg and we are delighted to
 Institute are both welcome rewards            • Deter – The effectiveness of the system     support the Technology category
 proving that we are positioning                  and the high likelihood of perpetrators    which rewards the talent, dedication
 TraceTag as a leading provider of fuel           being caught and convicted reduces         and technological innovation of the
 marking solutions.’                              fuel smuggling or adulteration.            people within our industry.’
                                               • Detect – The in-field test component
 Dag Haugse, Executive Chairman,                  ensures that fuel samples taken from a     Les Guthrie, Vice President and
 TraceTag                                         roadside verification are quickly and      General Manager, BG Group




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