May 31, 2018

The Scottish Energy Minister will address a major safety conference taking place in Aberdeen next week – three decades after the Piper Alpha disaster.

Paul Wheelhouse will deliver the keynote speech to open day two of Safety 30 – organised by Oil & Gas UK and the International Regulators’ Forum and taking place on June 5 and 6 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse said:

“I recall vividly the awful images of the Piper Alpha tragedy, and I know how profoundly the loss of life affected the city of Aberdeen and Scotland. The 30th anniversary of this terrible tragedy provides a very important reminder to everyone working in this industry, and in these hostile and dangerous waters, that safety should always be paramount.   Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of those who work offshore.

“Through continued vigilance, allied to innovation and dedication, we must strive to achieve and sustain new standards of offshore health and safety, aiming to make the UKCS the safest place to work in the global oil and gas industry. We owe that to the families of those who lost loved ones on the Piper Alpha, and to all those who continue to deliver the vital supplies of energy our society often takes for granted.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, added:

“Safety 30 is an important conference for our industry coming 30 years after the Piper Alpha disaster that led to the rigorous health and safety legislation governing us today. We look forward to hearing from the Scottish Energy Minister who is very engaged with our sector which puts safety at the heart of all its operations.”

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

Media are welcome to attend the conference. To book a place contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on 01224 577279 / [email protected]

 

Issued by the Communications Team, Oil & Gas UK. Contact 01224 577279 / [email protected]

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.