Bilfinger wins SPE Collaboration Award for second year running


For the second year running, Bilfinger has taken home the Collaboration award at the Society of Petroleum Engineers' The Offshore Achievement Awards.

Two winners were announced for the Collaboration Award - BP & Subsea 7 and Connected Competence, an initiative created by Bilfinger, Aker Solutions, Petrofac, Stork, Wood and WorleyParsons that aims to drive competence standardisation through collaboration across the UK oil & gas industry.

A series of safety incidents, caused by poor technical knowledge, demonstrated gaps in technical competence amongst the offshore workforce, increasing the risk of a serious HSSE incident. Looking to address this, Aker Solutions, Bilfinger Salamis UK, Petrofac, Stork, Wood and WorleyParsons met to discuss improving the technical competence of their offshore and site employees. The result was Connected Competence.

Connected Competence is now live across some of the North Sea’s biggest service companies and for the first time, each company is using the same standardised qualifications, pre-mobilisation training, trade specific knowledge tests and ongoing technical tests to ensure technical competence across their offshore and site personnel.

Connected Competence benefits employees, operators and the wider oil & Gas industry:

  • Offshore and site employees have a standardised way to demonstrate their technical competence, with ownership of their training certificates
  • Operators have greater visibility of the workforce’s competence through standardised process and assessments, which have been independently verified by the ECITB.
  • Capturing competence records in a single, industry wide database reduces the time spent chasing previous training records, eliminating duplication of training courses and improving efficiency across the industry.

Already delivering a streamlined, simplified process to competence management, this is a framework which can easily be applied to the wider industry. Enquiries are being made by other companies across the industry as they look to assure the technical competence of their workforce and reduce training inefficiencies.

Ian Phillips, chairman of SPE Aberdeen said: “Last night’s award ceremony showcased the impressive work by some very talented people in our industry and highlighted the importance of celebrating achievement in the UKCS.

"Award entries were received from across the UK, from over 100 companies involved in the offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors. This is an increase of more than 50% on last year, which is heartening and perhaps a sign of some recovery following the downturn.

“As ever, our judges had a considerable challenge when it came to selecting our winners, and I would like to extend my thanks and congratulations to all shortlisted companies and individuals. You can be justifiably proud that your success has been recognised by a knowledgeable group of industry peers.”