FORMER resources minister Ian Macfarlane and Chevron Australia’s outgoing managing director Roy Krzywosinski have been recognised for their contribution to the Australian oil and gas industry by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA).

Mr Macfarlane was awarded APPEA’s highest honour – the Reg Sprigg Medal – for outstanding service to the industry, having served as either the minister or shadow minister for resources and energy from November 2001 until September 2015.

Presenting the award at the APPEA 2016 conference dinner, APPEA board member and Buru Energy chairman Eric Streitberg said Mr Macfarlane has been an energetic and effective advocate for the Australian oil and gas industry.

“Ian Macfarlane has earned the respect of both sides of parliament and of the Australian business community,” Mr Streitberg said.

“He is known for his determination and willingness to tackle the difficult issues; his commitment to bipartisan policy; his understanding of business and its role in delivering prosperity; and his ability to combine principles with pragmatism to produce results.”

APPEA presented a life membership to Mr Krzywosinski, who is returning to the US to take up the position of vice-president of engineering in Chevron’s Houston office, earlier during the conference.

APPEA chairman Bruce Lake said in eight years as head of Chevron Australia Mr Krzywosinski had contributed enormously to Australia’s oil and gas industry.

“Under Roy’s leadership, Chevron has committed massive levels of investment in major Australian oil and gas projects,” he said.

“Just as importantly, it has helped raise the importance of Australia’s oil and gas industry to the Australian economy.”

Dr Lake also praised Mr Krzywosinski’s contribution to APPEA’s ‘Stand Together for Safety’ committee in his two years as chairman.

“He has been a passionate advocate for personal and process safety, and has helped develop a stronger safety culture across the industry,” he said.

APPEA’s award for excellence in safety went to Santos, with Mr Streitberg praising the company’s enhancement of its tracking and measurement of safety culture and critical controls management.

In 2015, Santos recorded a lost time injury frequency rate of just 0.12, and a total recordable case frequency rate of 2.8.

“These are company’s best injury figures in the last 15 years,” Mr Streitberg said.

“Indeed, this is considered to be a world-class safety performance, and this was achieved during a phase of potentially high-risk operations – including the commissioning of major operational coal seam gas and liquefied natural gas hubs.”

The award for Environmental Excellence was presented to Woodside Energy, with judges finding the company had consistently shown excellence across all facets of its performance.

“Woodside minimises its footprint by integrating world-class environmental management into its exploration and its facilities,” Mr Streitberg said.

“Its streamlined environment systems minimise complexity and enable standardised, risk-based management of all kinds of projects around the world.”

Mr Streitberg also praised Woodside’s practice of building partnerships with the Australian Institute of Marine Science, the Western Australian Museum and the Western Australia Marine Science Institution.

“Woodside also emphasises the importance of sound science and understanding local environments,” he said.

“It identifies key scientific partners and global service providers to enhance local knowledge, and works to build long term relationships.”