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O&G Awards 2016: Industry winners dazzle Abu Dhabi

by Arabian Oil & Gas Staff on Oct 6, 2016


Winners of the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East pose for a group photo in Abu Dhabi on October 5th.
Winners of the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East pose for a group photo in Abu Dhabi on October 5th.

The winners of the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemical Middle East Awards 2016 were announced at a grand ceremony in Abu Dhabi last night.

Energy professionals from across the region gathered in the UAE capital to celebrate the industry’s achievements at the 7th edition of the annual Awards, held at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche hotel.

In the presence of about 200 high-profile attendees, 13 winners from both the upstream and downstream segments were recognised for their achievements and initiatives across various categories.

Despite the subdued mood in the regional oil and gas sector due to below par crude oil prices, the Awards team at ITP Publishing Group received a high volume of quality nominations, particularly for the ‘Technical Innovation of the Year’ and the ‘Young Oil & Gas Professional’ categories.

Indrajit Sen, deputy editor of Oil & Gas Middle East magazine, in a speech at the Awards said, “The entire objective of the Oil & Gas and Refining & Petrochemicals Awards is to identify and shine the light on the achievers of the industry. For the team that has been in control of the awards campaign this year, receiving so many sterling entries for all the categories, from stakeholders in Oman to as far as Libya, it feels like we have created a platform to show the region’s best work.”

Aimed at celebrating the energy industry’s excellence as well as individual achievement, the final results were determined by the editorial team at ITP Business in conjunction with the judging panel, comprising: Abhay Bhargava from Frost & Sullivan, Colin Chapman from Euro Petroleum Consultants, Kamlesh Parwani from MEGlobal, Richard Devine from Clyde & Co, Saji Sam from Oliver Wyman, and independent analyst Vinodkumar Raghothamarao.

An elated Reem Al Anbari, chief financial officer of Borouge and winner of the ‘Oil & Gas Woman of the Year’ award, said, “It is a great opportunity for me. If they have selected me for the award, it is like a big achievement for my career. And this is a very professional judging panel, so I would consider this award as a big certificate.”

She added, “I started this initiative last year to interact with young Emiratis, as well as those from other nationalities, just to give out a message to them that I can handle this role. Some people might say only a man can do this job – the managing, the travel. I want to give out a message to the community that a woman can perform any role, regardless of what segment of the business, whether offshore or onshore.”

The full list of winners and finalists that were highly commended for their work by the judges are as follows:

HSE Product/Application of the Year: Rosemount from Emerson Process Management
Highly commended: Duraseal from Honeywell Process Solutions

HSE Initiative of the Year: Health & environment team from the HSE group of the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC)
Highly commended: “Embedding a sour gas mindset: by Al Hosn Gas

CSR Initiative of the Year: ‘Waste free environment’ campaign by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA).
Highly commended: Megarme’s support to the ‘Children of the mountain’ foundation in Nepal.

ICV Strategy of the Year Award: The ICV department of the Oman Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company (Orpic)
Highly commended: Drilling products utilising local resources strategy from Aramco

Training Initiative/Programme of the Year: National Objectives Program from Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)
Highly commended: Human energy management from Saudi Aramco

Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year: Well Delivery Team part of the South East Kuwait Asset of the Kuwait Oil Company
Highly commended: Emerson Process Management for providing the control system solution for Saudi Aramco

Technical Innovation of the Year: Saudi Aramco for its seawater-based fracturing fluid system
Highly commended: ABB for its artificial lifting solutions

Sustainability Initiative of the Year: Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) for its ‘Caring for the environment’ initiative
Highly commended: The Arabian Gulf Oil Co. (AGOCO) for its Biodegradation of Libyan Light crude oil effort

Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Project of the Year: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Glasspoint Solar for their combined Miraah project
Highly commended: Novas Energy for Technovita

Downstream Project of the Year: Sadara Chemical Company for its $20bn-worth Sadara petrochemical complex
Highly commended: Oman Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company (Orpic) for its Liwa Plastics Industries Complex Project

Young Oil & Gas Professional of the Year: Mohammed K. AlMedallah, an offshore specialist engineer and flow assurance unit supervisor at Saudi Aramco
Highly commended: Mohammed Geer from the Advanced Research Center of Saudi Aramco

Oil & Gas Woman of the Year: Reem Al Anbari, Chief Financial Officer of Bourouge
Highly commended: Alia Al Rifai, the Chief Financial Officer – Middle East of Siemens

Oil Field Services Company of the Year: Weatherford International
Highly commended: Schlumberger


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