Nominations Open for the Middle East Energy Awards: Utilities Project of the Year

Nominations Open for the Middle East Energy Awards: Utilities Project of the Year
Oil Gas and Refining PetroChemicals Awards 2018 Buddha Bar Grosvenor House Dubai photo by Ajith Narendra ITP Images
Published: 16 May 2019 - 5:34 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

The utilities industry in the Middle East is undergoing a major shift with unprecedented investments in renewable energy sources such as nuclear, solar, wind and hydro power plants. Also, focus is shifting towards research on the latest technologies and their integration into new utility scale projects to enhance efficiency, digitalise, and scale down CAPEX and OPEX.

These new projects, along with technological advancements, will go a long way in securing water and power supply for the region’s growing population and its industrialisation drive.

In recognition of the contribution of the utilities industry in the ongoing energy revolution in the Middle East, Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East are for the first time teaming up with Utilities Middle East magazine to present the Middle East Energy Awards.

The Utilities Project of the Year, a new category in the awards, will aim to select an innovative project that is disrupting the region’s traditional utilities landscape, and offering the much-needed hope for a better and sustainable future.

The 2019 Middle East Energy Awards

Since 2010, the annual awards event hosted by Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East has featured categories across the oil and gas value chain. But this year the awards are bigger than ever with a rebrand to the Middle East Energy Awards, which for the first time includes renewable and alternative energy, through sister publication Utilities Middle East.

Nominations for the awards are now open, and the editors of all three hosting publications encourage nominations from every corner of the industry.With 16 categories, up from 10 in the 2018 edition of the awards, 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.

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.

To nominate

All nominations must be submitted through, and only nominations submitted through this portal will be considered.

Three simple steps to make nominations:

Create a personal user account on the aforementioned website.

For each submission, fill out a questionnaire to help the independent panel of judges decide why the nominee deserves to win.

Upload one PDF file with supporting images and documents, not more than 10MB in size. Photos are generally more impactful, so please submit images.


The categories have been expanded to include the utilities sector and to reflect industry movements, including digital transformation.

The 16 awards categories, along with a brief description of the ideal nominee for that award, is as follows:

CSR Initiative of the Year

A CSR programme that has provided demonstrable and lasting benefits to its targeted beneficiaries.

Digital Enabler of the Year

A company which has made an outstanding contribution to the digital transformation of an energy firm through the use of its products or services.

Downstream Project of the Year

The most ambitious, game-changing project in the regional refining and petrochemicals industry.

Energy Woman of the Year

An outstanding female achiever who has a successful track record and has made a telling contribution to the energy industry.

HSE Initiative of the Year

A specific initiative that has demonstrably helped to reduce accidents and problems in the workplace, and has generally improved safety.

Logistics Service Provider of the Year

A logistics company offering innovative solutions that create value for energy companies.

Oilfield Services Company of the Year

The most successful, innovative OFS company in the region over the last 18 months, showcasing interesting solutions.

Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year

The most innovative and ambitious operational excellence project by an energy firm in the Middle East.

Technical Innovation of the Year

A project that demonstrates a successful, innovative technical solution, which has solved a serious problem faced by the energy industry.

Talent Development Initiative of the Year

An initiative that has made a difference in the industry by training the next generation of professionals, or upskilling the existing workforce.

Upstream Project of the Year

An ambitious, innovative project that optimises or streamlines upstream operations, reflecting leading behaviour in the market.

Utilities Project of the Year

An innovative project disrupting the region’s utilities landscape, offering much-needed hope for a better, more sustainable future.

Young Energy Professional of the Year

An employee aged 30 and younger whose work has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on his/her company over the past 18 months.

Lifetime Achievement Award (Editor's choice)

This individual has made a visible, positive impact on the regional industry, with over 25 years in the development and progress of the sector.

Innovator of the Year

This individual is dedicated to changing the industry, and takes fosters growth through innovative technologies, strategies and vision.

Clean Energy Initiative of the Year

This initiative demonstrates a strategic approach to lowering a company’s carbon footprint through the use of alternative energy.

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