The strength of the community relationships developed by Total’s St Fergus Gas Terminal continues to serve as a beacon of best practice across the business world.
So much so that Total management from Paris recently visited the terminal to see for themselves the work going on.
In mid-March, Total Group’s sustainable development senior adviser, Sylvie Le Douaran visited the terminal and had the chance to meet with a variety of local interest groups to learn more about Total’s community relationships.
The purpose of the visit, held from March 14 to 17, was to demonstrate the level of engagement between the St Fergus terminal and community partners within the Buchan area.
By visiting places such as Peterhead Academy, Keenan’s Recycling, Willowbank Centre, St Fergus Primary and Renourd Court residential home, (to name but a few) Sylvie was able to see first-hand the depth of Total’s involvement with local businesses, schools and charities.
Sustainable development was high on the week’s agenda and formed a key element of the presentations given at a stakeholder reception held on March 16.
“It was an invaluable experience that served to underline the fantastic work undertaken by Total’s St Fergus terminal to work in partnership with the local community,” said Sylvie following her visit.
“Total is clearly heading in the right direction when it comes to sustainable development – an issue that delivers far more than straightforward financial support.
“It helps to provide local people with the skills and resources to shape their own future and enrich their lives – starting from a young age with our work in schools, right through to assisting the older generation get to grips with modern technology.”
Among the many highlights of the packed stakeholder programme was a special performance by pupils from St Fergus Primary School. Representatives from charities, schools, Grampian Police, the energy industry and local councillors were among the audience.
The class gave an excellent presentation about their award-winning environmental projects at the annual Total Green School Awards and added some international flavour by singing, The Bonny Lass of Fyvie, Frères Jacques and ending with an African tribal song.
Sylvie also enjoyed the chance to see Total’s schools engagement programme in the classroom with a visit to Peterhead’s Buchanhaven Primary School. It was all part of Total’s support for this year’s National Science and Engineering Week, which ran between March 11 and 20.
Total employees laid on a fun and interactive workshop that gave pupils the chance to learn more about the oil and gas industry and some of the technology used for exploration. Some of the pupils even had the chance to suit up in special offshore survival suits, used daily by offshore workers as they transit to and from installations.
The example set by Total St Fergus is being used to inform Total’s work with local communities across the globe.
“Other subsidiaries across the group can undoubtedly benefit from the lessons learnt at St Fergus and the local area,” added Sylvie.
“Here in Aberdeenshire, we’ve seen what’s possible when you think creatively and are passionate about the environment, your local community and education.”