Industry honour for Centrica's Sarah
Published: 26 Nov 2015
An Aberdeen engineer is celebrating after winning a prestigious accolade at the Association for Project Management (APM) awards.
Sarah De Boer, a well operations engineer at Centrica Energy, won the Young Project Professional of the Year award. She accepted the honour at a ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane in London.
The awards recognise people from across different industries and
celebrates what can be achieved through successful project management.
The 26-year-old won the award after leading a project at the company’s Chestnut field in the central North Sea earlier this year. Production had dropped at one of the wells because of scale build-up within the well, and Sarah led a team to remove the scaling.
“It was quite a challenging project,” Sarah said.
“It was in the middle of the North Sea, in the middle of winter and we were working off a supply boat that we had modified.
“One of the things that was really important in this project that I had to do was make sure that not only was every aspect that we needed to do planned, but that every thing that could go wrong was thought of and we could think of a way of turning each threat into an opportunity and really move the project forward.
“I'm honoured to have won the Young Project Professional Award from the Association of Project Management. The standard of entries was very high and I am proud to have represented the oil and gas industry at the awards, which had a range of submissions from many sectors. The award is a real testament to the quality of the team I was working with and the hard work of everyone involved."
She was up against stiff competition from across different industries, including others in energy, haulage, and finance.