End of an era at Petrofac

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Bittersweet celebrations will take place for Petrofac Training Services (PTS) staff in Montrose this month, as an era comes to an end.

June marks the 20th anniversary of the opening by Lord Cullen of Whitekirk of PTS’s groundbreaking Major Emergency Management (MEM) simulator, designed to realistically simulate emergency response activity, link it to fire training exercises elsewhere on the site, and to deliver accredited Offshore Installation Manager and Control Room operator training.



But this anniversary also coincides with one distinguished member of staff bringing the curtain down on his time at PTS after more than 20 years.

Bill Taylor, who is retiring as Industrial Training Consultant and Assessor, is now 80 years of age. He had already enjoyed a long and successful career in the Merchant Navy and subsequently the oil and gas industry with Shell, when he joined what was later to become RGIT Montrose in 1992.

With his extensive experience, including of dealing with major incident handling offshore, Bill slipped easily into a role of senior assessor to the point that he soon became known as the ‘MEM Guru’ to many colleagues and customers at Montrose.

Ian Kennedy, Major Emergency Management Team Leader at PTS said: “Bill is not only one of life’s gentlemen but a true professional and he will be sorely missed. Along with another couple of long-serving members of staff he was at the forefront of our Major Emergency Management provision for two decades and he has mentored and inspired many PTS staff during that time.”

Lord Cullen opened the simulator at Montrose in June, 1993. When it was unveiled it was among the first of a number of state-of-the-art technical and behavioural innovations introduced at the site as the industry came to terms with the recommendations of the Cullen Report and found ways to improve both offshore safety and workforce competence.


Bill Taylor, who is retiring at the age of 80 from Petrofac Training Services, where he has been an Industrial Training Consultant and Assessor for more than 20 years. Picture Simon Price

The groundbreaking Major Emergency Management Simulator at Petrofac Training Services, which was opened by Lord Cullen in 1993, and which is marking its 20th anniversary this month. Picture Simon Price