With a striking increase in submissions this year, our judging panel had to scrutinise a competitive crop of candidate from across the upstream, midstream, downstream and utilities sectors. The shortlist represented some of the best in the industry, but ultimately, one winner and one highly commended nomination were chosen.
The winner of Clean Energy Initiative of the Year 2019:
The Sharjah Waste to Energy Project by Masdar and Bee'ah, was awarded the Clean Energy Initiative of the Year award.
Masdar and Bee’ah’s Sharjah Waste to Energy Project will contribute to Sharjah's effort to reach ‘zero waste-to-landfill’ target by 2020, and the UAE to deliver its 2021 goal of diverting 75% of solid waste from landfills. The facility will process more than 37.5 tonnes per hour of municipal solid waste to generate energy. The net electrical power produced will be 29MW, which will be supplied to the Sharjah electricity grid.
“We’re very proud to win the Clean Energy Initiative of the Year award, we are developing the first waste to energy plant here in the UAE and in the Middle East, which will help the UAE achieve its agenda by 2021 to divert 70% of waste away from landfills,” said Khaled Al Huraimel, group CEO of bee’ah. “This plant which is being built in Sharjah will help Sharjah achieve zero waste to landfill by 2021 making it the first city in the Middle East to do so.”
The project displaces almost 450,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, and saves 45 million cubic metre natural gas per year would otherwise be burned to produce equivalent amount of power.
Highly commended for Clean Energy Initiative of the Year 2019:
The highly commended nominee for this award category was Saudi Aramco, for its CCS and CO2-EOR Pilot Project.
The jury panel this year, comprising six judges – Abhay Bhargava, director, industrial practice, MEA, Frost & Sullivan; Ali Al Janabi, UAE country chair, vice president, Shell Upstream, Shell Group of companies; Bart Cornelissen, energy, resources & industrials leader, Middle East, Deloitte Middle East; Joseph J Anis, president and CEO, power services and gas power systems, MENASA, GE Power; Nicholas Cochrane-Dyet, special advisor to the chief representative, BP Oil International; Vinod Raghothamarao, director, energy wide perspectives and strategy, IHS Markit EMEA– considered the merit of the nominees, and decided the winner and the ‘highly commended’.
The Middle East Energy Awards 2019 recognised excellence across all sectors of the energy industry, with 16 categories representing the industry:
- Clean Energy Initiative of the Year
- CSR Initiative of the Year
- Digital Enabler of the Year
- Downstream Project of the Year
- Energy Woman of the Year
- HSE Initiative of the Year
- Logistics Service Provider of the Year
- Oilfield Services Company of the Year
- Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year
- Technical Innovation of the Year
- Talent Development Initiative of the Year
- Upstream Project of the Year
- Utilities Project of the Year
- Young Energy Professional of the Year
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Innovator of the Year