Editor's comment: The Middle East Energy Awards

Editor's comment: The Middle East Energy Awards
Published: 9 June 2019 - 10 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
As we announced in April this year, Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East and Oil & Gas 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, but the utilities segment as well.

Since 2010, the annual awards event hosted by Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East and Oil & Gas 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.

Rebranded as the Middle East Energy Awards, the 10th edition of the awards incorporates 16 categories, up from 10 in the 2018 edition of the awards, and hence there is more room than ever to celebrate the wide scope of achievements from the individuals and organisations striving to innovate and change the energy sector. Out of these 16 awards, two personality awards – the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and the ‘Innovator of the Year Award’ – are ‘Editors’ Choice awards, the winners of which will be decided by the editors of the three hosting publications.

According to our criteria, the recipient of the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ should have made a visible positive impact on the Middle East energy industry, with an outstanding contribution of more than 25 years in the development and progress of the sector. And, the ‘Innovator of the Year Award’ winner should have demonstrated his/her dedication to changing the energy industry, both in and out of his/her organisation, and taken a new approach to the business, fostering growth by employing innovative technologies, strategies and vision.

The rebranded awards incorporate six new categories for the best performers from the energy industry – Clean Energy Initiative of the Year, Digital Enabler of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Upstream Project of the Year, Utilities Project of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award.

I am glad to announce the commencement of the online nomination process for the 2019 edition of the Middle East Energy Awards, slated to be held in Dubai on 18 September. The last nine editions of this prestigious awards received overwhelming response from the industry through an impressive volume and quality of nominations, and a remarkable participation by industry stalwarts for the awards ceremony.

As professionals directly at the helm of the energy business, each of you are the right judges to decide who are the best performers in the industry and hence your nominations and presence at the Middle East Energy Awards are precious. Please visit www.oilandgasmiddleeast.com/energyawards for your nominations and confirmed participation at the event.

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