Edwards, Fanning honoured by NOIA for their contributions to the East Coast oil patch
It’s not the Oscars or the Grammys. But for Newfoundland and Labrador’s oil and gas sector, NOIA’s annual Industry Achievement Awards are a chance to recognize some of its petroleum stars.
This year’s winners of the two awards NOIA hands out each year are Bill Fanning—the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award—and Stephen Edwards, winner of the Rising Star Award. Both Fanning and Edwards were presented their hardware at a luncheon held in St. John’s on March 9.
The Rising Star award was launched in 2014 to recognize the talents of individuals 40 years or younger who have made remarkable strides in their role in the local oil and gas industry. Edwards is the engineering and HUC manager for ExxonMobil Canada’s Hebron project. He’s been involved in the $14 billion-mega-project since joining the Hebron team in 2010. NOIA chose Edwards because his work over those seven years has significantly and directly impacted design and operational decisions taken on the project and contributed to its success. Hebron achieved first oil in November of 2017.
Edwards says winning the Rising Star Award wouldn’t have been possible without working with talented teams at ExxonMobil throughout the Hebron project. “For me, this is truly a remarkable recognition of the great work our team has done to deliver a world class project in Newfoundland and Labrador,” Edwards says. “I absolutely love what I get to do every day. I’m looking forward to future opportunities to make an impact on the oil and gas industry and I hope to get a chance to work on another mega-project in the future.”
Fanning is the president and country manager for Kvaerner Canada, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Norway-based Kvaerner. The Outstanding Achievement Award is given to individuals who have influenced the development of the local oil and gas industry and who have demonstrated qualities of vision, integrity and leadership through their work and lives.
Fanning is an appropriate recipient of the award. He’s been involved in offshore oil projects in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and held several senior positions in the industry throughout his career, including cofounder and director of Atlantic XL Inc., president and CEO of the Spectrol Group and senior vice-president and general manager with SNC Lavalin. He was also a NOIA board member and a key architect of the Association’s ‘Redefining Oil’ strategy.