New categories in the Middle East Energy Awards

New categories in the Middle East Energy Awards
Published: 10 June 2019 - 9 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
The Middle East Energy Awards are getting closer and nominations for the awards are now open. The editors of all three hosting publications encourage nominations from every corner of the industry.

The nomination process is online-only and will close on 3 July 2019. This year, there are four awards for individuals and 12 for organisations.

Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East are for the first time teaming up with sister publication Utilities Middle East to present the Middle East Energy Awards. The awards will celebrate the achievements of not only the upstream and downstream sectors, as they have done for 10 years, but the utilities segment as well.

Since 2010, the annual awards event hosted by Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East featured categories across the oil and gas value chain. But the energy landscape is shifting, and in keeping with industry trends, concerns and interests, the awards this year will also recognise achievements in utilities, including alternative energy, making the industry’s flagship awards event a more holistic celebration of the region’s energy sector.

The nominations process
All nominations must be submitted through, and only nominations submitted through this portal will be considered. Please note that the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and the ‘Innovator of the Year Award’ are Editor’s Choice awards and will be decided by the editors of the hosting publications.

Three simple steps to make nominations
1. Create a personal user account on the aforementioned website.
2. For each submission, fill out a questionnaire to help the independent panel of judges decide why the nominee deserves to win.
3. Upload one PDF file with supporting images and documents, not more than 10MB in size. Photos are generally more impactful; so, please submit images.

New categories
Digital Enabler of the Year: This award will recognise a company, which has made an outstanding contribution to the digital transformation of an energy firm through the development and use of its products, or services. This company demonstrates an innovative approach to digitalisation, and has shown itself to be a true ‘digital enabler’ to the energy industry.

Upstream Project of the Year: The Upstream Project of the Year will is an ambitious, strategic and innovative project that optimises, or streamlines exploration/production, reflecting leading behaviour in this segment of the market.

Utilities Project of the Year: New utilities projects, along with technological advancements, are helping to secure water and power supply for the region’s growing population and its industrialisation drive. The Utilities Project of the Year will aim to select an innovative project, which is disrupting the region’s traditional utilities landscape, and offering the much-needed hope for a better and sustainable future.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Visionary leadership is the key enabler of performance excellence in any organisation. It not only facilitates watershed performance of the particular enterprise, but also catalyses the entire industry’s growth and the region’s economic development. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award should have made a visible positive impact on the region’s energy industry, with an outstanding contribution of more than 25 years in the development and progress of the sector.

Innovator of the Year: The Innovator of the Year has demonstrated his/her dedication to changing the energy industry, both in and out of his/her company. This person takes a new approach to the energy industry, fostering growth by employing innovative technologies, strategies and vision.

Clean Energy Initiative of the Year: As environmental issues are increasingly in focus, both regionally and world-wide, more and more companies are looking to lower their carbon footprint, adopting alternative energy solutions to balance efficiency and sustainability. The Clean Energy Initiative of the Year demonstrates a strategic approach to lowering a company’s carbon footprint through the use of alternative energy sources, as part of a long-term mission to improve sustainability.

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