The UK’s annual Offshore Achievement Awards (OAA) is the latest oil and gas event gearing up to go online for the first time ever.

Originally planned to take place at the P&J Live venue in Aberdeen on 19 March, the event, organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A virtual ceremony will now be streamed across a range of online platforms on 14 August.

Broadcaster Rachel Riley will return as the host for the evening.

The 34 finalists will find out if they have clinched a prestigious OAA trophy, designed by Rachel Mackay, a student at Aberdeen’s Gray’s School of Art.

Ian Phillips, chair of the OAA organising committee, said: “As the offshore industry deals with the impact of Covid-19, it is more important than ever to recognise outstanding contributions from people and organisations in the UK offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors.

“We would have been delighted to see finalists and guests in person on the night, but are pleased that we can come together virtually to celebrate some of the sector’s biggest achievements. We hope that the innovation and ingenuity shown by the winners will help inspire others as the industry enters a period of recovery.”

Donald Taylor, Europe managing director at sponsor Taqa, said: “The offshore oil and gas and renewables sectors are well versed in being adaptable and agile and, as proponents of new technologies to overcome challenges in our industries, it seems fitting that we are still able to hold a high-quality awards ceremony and celebration through the use of clever technology.”

The event will be broadcast via Zoom, YouTube and other media channels, which can be accessed at www.spe-oaa.org.