Ythan Challenge sponsor wins environmental award

TV presenter Rachel Riley, Kris Frampton, CETCO, Rob O'Neill, category sponsor.
TV presenter Rachel Riley, Kris Frampton, CETCO, Rob O'Neill, category sponsor.

The main sponsor of the Ythan Challenge has received a leading environmental award.

CETCO Energy Services won the environmentalist accolade in the recent Offshore Achievement Awards organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

The company has developed two technologies for treating produced water (the fluid trapped underground and brought up during oil and gas production).

Produced water forms an increasingly significant percentage of waste associated with oil production and discharge of that water back into the sea can potentially lead to aquatic pollution which can impact on marine and sea life and our physical environment.

The CETCO technologies remove more than 90% of contaminants which means the water can safely go back into the sea.

Paul McAlister, European managing director, said the company works closely with the industry on environmental issues and he was delighted that the award recognised the pioneering work and achievements of the work carried out by the team in Aberdeen.

He added: “We are very proud of our green credentials and apart from the environmental focus of our work, we have a staff ethos which promotes that through our commitment to health and wellbeing.

“That is one of the reasons that we decided to get involved in the Ythan Challenge as a community activity which supports and encourages fitness and healthy activity.”

Meanwhile, the CETCO team now have their eyes on another award – as last year’s winner of the Corporate Team Challenge at the Ythan event, they’re keen to repeat that success.

They’ll be up against strong competition – and in greater numbers than before.

This year a record-breaking 700 runners have signed up for the event.

Once again, ther gruelling event confirmed its ongoing popularity with online registrations selling out in less than three hours.

Plans are well-advanced for the 2015 race which takes place on Sunday, June 14.

Organisers say runners should prepare for the unexpected as new obstacles and new challenges are being introduced while some of the old favourites will be retained.