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 Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year 2019:
Integrated Creative Programme for Sustainable Oil Production by Kuwait Oil Company was awarded the Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year award.
“By utilising this initiative, the company brought back into production many wells, reflecting an increase in daily oil production of a certain field by around 20,000 barrels of oil per day,” one judge said.
“We, in Kuwait Oil Company, are very proud to be part of this ceremony, where we are sure all of these projects and initiatives will add to the industry,” said Abdulaziz Ali Najaf, team leader of artificial lift S&EK/WK, well surveillance group, Kuwait Oil Company.
Highly commended for Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year 2019:
The ‘highly commended’ nomination in this category was SATORP, for its Operational Excellence Programme.
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