Topic: Intervention

Excellence recognised at the OWI Global Awards 2020

Region: All
Content Types: Report
Date: Dec, 2020

Hosted by Claire Kinloch, CEO of Genoa Black, and her colleague Rob Potter, Strategy Director, the winners of the prestigious OWI Global Awards 2020 were announced at a virtual ceremony on the 3 December.

Kinloch and Potter welcomed everyone in attendance by first acknowledging all the work that was put in behind the scenes from the organisers, who were able to orchestrate the event despite the disruptions of Covid-19, through to the expert panel of judges who put in many hours to painstakingly separate the winners from the fierce competition.

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For each category the judges guided attendees through the submissions, demonstrating the quality, ingenuity and in many examples the courage that was displayed in each shortlist before announcing the winners. The projects exhibited were beyond commendable and highlighted the resilience that the industry had shown in the face of an incredibly difficult year, but for each category there could only be one winner:

HSE Innovation:
Winner: Tios
Submission: Transfer Hose Hang Off Unit
Judges comments: “HSE is obviously in their corporate culture.”


Most Impactful Technology:
Winner: Well-SENSE
Submission: FiberLine Intervention- Next Generation Well Surveillance
Judges comments: “Giving operators new options.”
Craig Feherty, FLI Director: “For us, we see a challenge environmentally every day in terms of logistics and costs. We needed to come up with solutions for customers to collect the data they needed and so we invented the new intervention system to simplify how to collect data.”


Best Example of Collaboration:
Winner: Oil Spill Response Limited
Project: Subsea Well Response Project
Judges comments: “Huge for the industry and shows brilliant initiative.”
Andy Myers, SWIS Director: “We are very proud to be custodians of this equipment and associated services on behalf of our subscribers and we look forward to facilitating continued collaboration between our subscribers to help ensure response readiness for subsea oil response.”


Best Project Outcome:
Winner: Helix Energy Solutions Group
Project: Interventions on Nigeria’s Erha field with their Q7000 and Schlumberger
Judges comments: “Integration at its best.”
David Carr, Senior Vice-President of International Development at Helix Well Ops: “Quite timely we completed that project at the start of this year, Covid meant the vessel had to retreat to Tenerife. But I am glad to say that this week the vessel will return to Nigeria. We have further projects with Total, Chevron, Shell to complete next year. I would like to give a shout out to our partners, Schlumberger, for their excellent performance on the job and especially to our Nigerian partners without whom the job would not have been possible at all.”


Significant Contribution to the Industry:
Winner: OneSubsea
Project: Subsea Field Production Enhancement Solution
Judges comments: “This technology could be applied to all subsea wells”
Mike Avery, Sales Engineer: “Thank you to our customers for the opportunity to collaborate with and work alongside on this exciting project, the Schlumberger team, the management for the vision and guidance, the sales teams for nurturing the opportunity, the projects and engineers for developing the technologies, field service  for implementing them offshore and all the support functions for helping deliver a safe service. This was truly a massive team effort.”


Most Innovative Solution:
Winner: Barge Master
Project: Deep Water Floating Drill Operation using motion compensation
Judges comments: “Their Compensation platform performs a lot of flexibility for a wide range of operations.”


Kinloch and Potter concluded the ceremony by extending their personal congratulations to each winner and applauding each and every submission which contributed to such a fantastic and competitive competition. Successful events such as the OWI Awards are a testament to the offshore industry’s strength, cohesion and resourcefulness, as Kinloch noted; without the extensive support from within the industry events like this could not go ahead. Such a celebration of the best in well intervention in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic is a promising sign for the future of the industry.

To hear further details on the award entries submitted for the competition, the Technical Webinar hosted by Offshore Network is being held on the 3 February 2021. Register here: