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Highland Hospice, MFR's Cash For Kids and Raigmore Hospital's SCBU get charity cash boost from Port of Nigg project to upgrade Well-Safe Guardian oil rig


By Staff Reporter


Three Highland charities are already benefitting from a safety initiative on a massive project to transform a giant oil rig.

The Well-Safe Guardian is undergoing a major refurbishment and upgrade project at Nigg Energy Park to become the first bespoke oil well decommissioning asset of its time.

Three companies who are collaborating on the project – Well-Safe Solutions, Global Energy Group and Rigfit7Seas – have each agreed to donate cash to the charities based on the number of incident-free hours worked.

The scheme is part of an inclusion and engagement initiative run by all three companies, in which the workforce was asked to decide on the safety initiative and then voted on how the funds raised should be allocated.

Highland Hospice, MFR Cash for Kids and Raigmore Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit received £2000 each when representatives were welcomed to Port of Nigg by members of the Well-Safe Guardian team.

The companies have committed to donating a further £100 for every 10,000 incident-free man hours achieved during the project.

Lisa Long (Highland Hospice), Christine Graham (Special Care Baby Unit, Raigmore Hospital) and Sarah Dunn (on behalf of MFR Cash for Kids) together with representatives and crew members from Well-Safe Solutions, Global Energy Group and Rigfit7Seas at Port of Nigg with the Well-Safe Guardian rig.
Lisa Long (Highland Hospice), Christine Graham (Special Care Baby Unit, Raigmore Hospital) and Sarah Dunn (on behalf of MFR Cash for Kids) together with representatives and crew members from Well-Safe Solutions, Global Energy Group and Rigfit7Seas at Port of Nigg with the Well-Safe Guardian rig.

Neil Ferguson, operations director at Well-Safe Solutions, said: “The initiative, that was led by the crews onboard, has really driven the development of a great culture and working environment throughout this ambitious upgrade project.

“We are proud that the hard work of everybody involved has paid off, benefitting three great charities.”

The rig, built in 1985, can accommodate up to 100 people and, once the refurbishment is complete, will focus on plug and abandonment work.

Ross Thompson, project manager for Global Energy Group's access and coatings division, said: “We are delighted with the success of the Well-Safe Guardian project and to be able to donate this money to three well-deserving charities.

“The entire workforce has been behind the safety incentive and the success is credit to their continued attention to safety and quality, a focus that is the heart of all three companies and their values.”

Rigfit7Seas project manager Ryan Knowles added: “We are very proud to be a part of this generous act. Not only are we coming together to execute this project safely and efficiently, we are giving back to the local community. Everyone involved has done a tremendous job to reach this milestone.”



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