Awards ceremony to recognise region’s top energy students

A number of Masters engineering students from Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen and Imperial College will be awarded prizes for their energy papers at BP HQ on Wednesday 8 December.

Trevor Garlick, Regional President of BP North Sea, will be awarding prizes to the nine students who have submitted the best MSc dissertations in a competition, sponsored by the Energy Institute and BP.

Each student will then get the opportunity to present their dissertation projects which they submitted to their university for their degree, to industry.

They will each get ten minutes to present to a panel of energy industry professionals before being asked questions by them. The top three students will win monetary prizes from BP to the amount of £250 for first place, £150 for second and £100 for third.  

The event will be chaired by Jeremy Cresswell. As well as holding the positions of Honorary Professor at Robert Gordon University’s Aberdeen Business School and Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Geoscience, Aberdeen University, Jeremy is the editor of the Press and Journal’s ‘Energy’ publication, and the founder and chairman of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group.

The panel composed of top representatives from the energy industry comprise: Trevor Garlick, Regional President, BP North Sea; Bob Fennel, Director UK Operations, Nexen Petroleum UK; Gordon Stirling, Regional Director, Wood Group Management Services; Mike Bowyer, Chief Operating Officer, Senergy Group; Steph McNeill, Managing Director UK, Subsea 7; Dr Steve Garrett, Manager Global Technology Centre and Jeb Tyrie, Third Energy Limited.

Following the awards ceremony, there will be a buffet and networking opportunity, which all are welcome to attend.

Oil and Gas Engineering student, Conor Quinn (24) from Wexford, Republic of Ireland, is one of three prize-winners from Robert Gordon University. His project, which saw him develop a screening tool for artificial lift and subsea processing technologies, has been successfully tested on real industry projects.

He explains, “The tool is specifically for offshore oil and gas developments, and is intended for use by oil companies in the early concept stages of the field development plan. It facilitates rapid concept screening and collaboration of the reservoir, drilling, completions, subsea and facilities teams, leading to an integrated systems approach to the field development. As the first artificial lift screening tool to incorporate subsea processing options it may prove to be a valuable tool in accelerating new field developments.”

Mr Denis Pinto is Chairman of the Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands branch of the Energy Institute, one of the sponsors of the evening. He said, “I am grateful to BP for supporting this event as well as to all the members of the panel. It demonstrates the value put on the next  generation. The Energy Institute would like to highlight to industry the quality of the student resource at both the local universities. We hope we will get similar projects for the next batch of students to work on.”

The event, which is supported by the Society of Petroleum Engineers, Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen and BP, will take place at BP North Sea headquarters in Dyce at 6pm for 6.30pm on Wednesday 8 December.

Anyone who would like to attend this event must register at least 48 hours beforehand, for health and safety reasons. To register for your place, please contact Venkata Muthayala by email at

All enquiries about the individual student projects should be directed to Denis Pinto at

ENDS                            6 December 2010

Editors’ Notes

The full list of prize-winners is as follows:

RGU prize-winners
Gerald Ezidiegwu MSc Drilling and Well Engineering
with Distinction plus ICoTA Prize for Drilling and Well Engineering (best
overall DWE student), and winner of the Bob Birse Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Paper title: A study of the methodology of selecting completion tubing

Andrew Farotade MSc Petroleum Production
Engineering with Distinction
Paper title: Multiphase Flow modelling of Hilly-Terrain Pipelines using Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

Conor Quinn MSc Oil and Gas Engineering with
Paper title: A Knowledge based concept stage development screening tool for Artificial Lift and Subsea Processing Technologies

University of Aberdeen prize-winners
Theo Acheampong MSc International Business,
Paper title: Energy and Petroleum Real Options Analysis of Marginal Oilfield Development Projects: The Case of the UKCS

Eziuche Chibo MSc Energy Futures (Oil and Gas)
with Distinction
Paper title: Shale Gas and Other Unconventional Methane Sources

Fiona Shaw MSc Energy Futures (Renewables)
with Distinction
Paper title: Cost Reduction in the Offshore Wind Industry and How This Can Be Achieved

Musa Dembo MSc Safety & Reliability
With Distinction
Paper title: Influence Of Safety Management Systems and Human Factors on Safety Performance

Mykola Mykhaylov MSc Subsea Engineering
With Commendation
Paper title: Leakage Detection in Subsea Flowlines

Imperial College  prize-winner

Susan Moloney MSc Petroleum Engineering
Paper title: Three-Dimensional Reservoir Inflow Modelling Using Computational Fluid