Top industry award confirms Gordon McKay as a global safety and environmental leader

An exemplary safety record and rigorously defended environmental standards have seen Gordon McKay’s electricians fêted with one of the oil industry’s most prestigious health and safety awards.

The 20-strong GMK team employed to install electrical infrastructure at the North Crude Tank Farm in Altona was selected by Jon Gibbs, President of the ExxonMobil Global Projects Company, as the sole recipient of its 2021 President’s SSH&E (Safety, Security, Health and Environment) Award for Project Categories III-VI.

Gordon McKay’s electricians were commended for completing more than 35,000 hours of work without a single AHL2+ safety event or lost time incident – as well as no spills events, environmental compliance incidents, or security events.

“These awards were only given to five projects and teams in the world this year, so this is a huge honour for both the project and our team,” said Pat Goldie, GMK’s Instrument and Electrical Service Manager. “The team clearly excelled at identifying and eliminating all potential risks, and implementing a strong and proactive safety and environmental culture throughout the 10-month project.

“Not only that, but they delivered the project on time and under budget, in spite of all the additional health and safety challenges and protective measures required during the COVID lockdowns.”

Mr Gibbs said that the SSH&E Awards recognise projects and teams that have demonstrated “outstanding leadership, dedication and results” in safety, occupational health, and responsible environmental practices.

“The winners of these awards differentiated themselves by demonstrating and implementing genuine care, innovation, leadership behaviours, new culture-enhancing initiatives, and strong partnerships with contractors to enable mutual success,” said Mr Gibbs. “They have excelled in personal safety, sustainability, health and security.”

The North Crude Tank Farm Pipeline Interconnectivity Project (NPIP) was one of only five project and team awards presented by Mr Gibbs globally, and the only one in its category.

“This award is a tremendous achievement for us as a team,” said Hiran Attygalle, the NPIP Project Manager at Mobil Oil Australia. “Our NPIP team was truly integrated with an equitable working culture, and delivered a safe and successful project amidst extremely challenging and difficult circumstances.

“It was a true testament of the power of unity and people coming together to deliver a common objective.”

Gordon McKay’s team was responsible for the electrical infrastructure and instrumentation at the NPIP project, while the Ventia Services Group installed the extensive pipework and mechanical infrastructure. The new pipework will enable ExxonMobil’s expanded storage facilities to receive large quantities of imported diesel and petrol, as part of the conversion of the former Altona refinery into a modern fuel terminal.




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