More than 400 people attended the flagship event of the Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands branch of the Energy Institute on Thursday, November 6.
The organisation’s annual black tie dinner is widely regarded as one of the industry’s premier events and attendees traditionally represent a broad cross section of the energy sector from Aberdeen, the North East and beyond. It was held in Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel & Spa for the last time and will move to a new venue on its closure.
The sell-out event regularly attracts high profile delegates and speakers, and this year was no exception with guests hearing from Head of MOL Group’s upstream business Alex Dodds and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, The Right Honourable Danny Alexander MP.
The evening also included the presentation of Awards of Council for the dedication and commitment shown by Stuart MacBride and Sarah Pettigrew of Trinity International and to local committee member Alan Higgins over many years for organising and running the event.
Commenting on the event Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands Energy Institute chairman and event host Nigel Bradburn said: “Our celebratory annual dinner has become a cornerstone of the local business calendar and, yet again, the event attracted an excellent turnout.
“We are very grateful for the level of support which the EI receives for this, and its many other long standing commitments such as attending school careers, arranging the highly regarded NorthSound Radio Schools Energy Quiz with OPITO, supporting the resettlement of armed forces personnel into the sector, and organising the prestigious MSc Student Best Paper Competition between the top students from Aberdeen’s two universities.
“I am particularly proud of our Young Professionals Network which goes from strength to strength and that the number of candidates seeking Chartership through the EI continues to grow with our exclusive Chartered Petroleum Engineer, Chartered Scientist and Chartered Environmentalist accreditations.
“All this and more has been achieved on a purely voluntary basis with exceptional goodwill from numerous supporters and stakeholders. The future looks very bright for the EI and I look forward to contributing to its continued success.”
EI Chief Executive Louise Kingham OBE FEI said: “As the Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands branch celebrated the Energy Institute’s centenary it was only fitting that this milestone was hosted by the Marcliffe Hotel. Looking ahead this important annual event in the Scottish energy calendar will continue to thrive in new surroundings”.
Guest speaker Alex Dodds added: “Both myself and MOL were honoured and delighted to join the EI’s 100th anniversary celebrations. I have many fond memories of Aberdeen which go back to my first visit here in 1983 when I worked for Amoco as an Operator on Montrose Alpha. Each time I return to Aberdeen it feels like coming home again. I have witnessed, and been part of the city, the oil and gas industry changes over the years and it felt really good to be back.”
Danny Alexander said: 'This country’s buoyant oil and gas sector contributes hugely to our economy, supporting 450,000 jobs here in the Highlands and Islands, as well as across the UK. This government is determined to further maintain and grow the Highlands and Islands’ vibrant energy sector, ably supported by the Oil & Gas Authority, so I was particularly delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Samuel as the Authority's new CEO on the same day.'