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The Offshore Achievement Awards goes virtual for its 2020 ceremony

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THE Offshore Achievement Awards (OAA) is gearing up for its first ever virtual awards ceremony.

The event, hosted and organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section and supported by principal sponsor, TAQA, will now be streamed across a range of online platforms.

Rachel Riley will return as the host, taking part in a live Q&A as well as presenting the award winners across ten categories, including the new, ‘Energy Transition for Future Generations’category.

The awards were originally planned to take place in March but were postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Ian Phillips, chair of the Offshore Achievement Awards organising committee said: “As the offshore industry deals with the impact of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to recognise outstanding contributions from people and organisations in the UK offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors.

“We would have been delighted to see finalists and guests in person on the night, but are pleased that we can come together virtually to celebrate some of the sector’s biggest achievements.

“We hope that the innovation and ingenuity shown by the winners will help inspire others as the industry enters a period of recovery.”

Donald Taylor, Europe managing director at TAQA said: “The offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors are well versed in being adaptable and agile and as proponents of new technologies to overcome challenges in our industries, it seems fitting that we are still able to hold a high-quality awards ceremony and celebration through the use of clever technology.”

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