Industry experts give crisis talks

The Energy Institute Young Professionals Network (EIYPN) is set to address crisis management in the energy sector and the aftermath at its forthcoming event next month.

Taking place on Thursday, June 4, at the Carmelite in Aberdeen, this is an opportunity for young professionals to hear the views and experiences of leading industry and agency figures on crisis management and emergency response, as well as the major incidents that have led to industry changes. 

Neil Fraser, consultancy services manager (emergency response) at Petrofac Training Services, and one of the panellists, said: “The industry has faced a number of catastrophic disasters to date, including Piper Alpha and the more recent helicopter ditchings, triggering major step changes and improvements. I am looking forward to discussing best practice and lessons learned with my peers at what I’m sure will be a lively and interesting debate.” 

Victoria Aston, chairwoman of the EIYPN, added: “Comprehensive planning ahead of potential emergencies is vital for companies in our safety-focused industry, with previous incidents highlighting that we can never remain still or become complacent about response standards. Our highly-experienced panel members offer an eclectic mix of experiences and outlooks so we are very much looking forward to the insights this event will bring.”

Confirmed panellists include: 

Neil Fraser, consultancy services manager (emergency response), Petrofac Training Services 

Fay Tough, Inspector (energy industry liaison unit/emergency, events & resilience planning – north), Police Scotland

Peter Lowson, staff officer for Offshore Energy, Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) 

Bruce Lawson, asset integrity manager and an experienced emergency response duty manager, Total 

It begins at 6pm and entry is free. Visit to register your interest.

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