Rising stars awards for two BP engineers

Two BP engineers have been honoured by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering for exceptional engineering contributions early in their careers

Jeffrey Choate, a senior instrument and protective systems engineer and Ben Money-Coomes, a subsea engineer, both based in Sunbury, were presented with Rising Stars awards at the academy’s annual awards dinner in July.

The awards celebrate and showcase the rising stars of global engineering and individual engineers who have made a remarkable contribution over the course of their careers.

Since joining BP at Kwinana refinery in Western Australia in 2009, Jeffrey has worked in a range of roles that focus on maintenance and reliability. He joined refining and logistics technology in 2013.

Jeffrey was recognized at the awards for his work in refining, where he developed an industry-leading electrical analytical model for desalters. He also successfully led the commissioning of a new control system at Kwinana refinery and the root-cause analysis into control system incidents at another refinery, leading to an initiative that prevents their re-occurrence.
I am honoured to be recognized by BP and the Royal Academy of Engineering with the Rising Stars award. This award reflects the opportunities BP has given me to work with highly capable teams in developing and delivering technology solutions to BP’s refineries
Jeffrey Choate
Ben started his career in the BP North Sea region (Aberdeen) in 2011 and worked as a subsea engineer supporting offshore operations, and leading improvements to regional subsea integrity management.

The Rising Stars award recognizes his work with the upstream engineering team, where he is supporting the global operations organisation in developing guidance for the technical risk management of subsea integrity. This includes leading the delivery of a technical solution for remote condition monitoring of subsea valves, and global guidance for subsea gas seepage at mechanical connections.
I feel privileged to have received this award. As young engineers we see exemplary engineering in BP day to day, so it’s great to be recognized as working to this high standard. I’m grateful to be learning from and delivering together with such highly competent engineers in the subsea area.
Ben Money-Coomes
The event, which is sponsored by BP, was held at the Landmark hotel in London and attended by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and BP non-executive director, Professor Dame Ann Dowling.

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