ADIPEC: 2015 awards celebrate excellence, best practice and innovation in energy

Source: ADIPEC/dmg events

Celebrating innovation and commitment to excellence in the energy sector, the prestigious awards were presented to eight category winners during the ADIPEC Awards Gala Dinner at the Emirates Palace.

The distinguished Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) Awards yesterday announced the 11 winners of its 2015 edition.

Celebrating innovation and commitment to excellence in the energy sector, the prestigious awards were presented to eight category winners during the ADIPEC Awards Gala Dinner at the Emirates Palace.

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the event concluded the opening day of ADIPEC 2015, one of the world’s largest oil and gas events and a global meeting point for professionals in the energy sector. Winning entries represented individuals, companies, and projects that demonstrated qualities of merit, including ethical oversight, sustainability, and benefit to the community – setting benchmarks for best practice in the region and worldwide.

Continuing their record-breaking streak, the awards this year attracted wide international attention, receiving 501 submissions from more than 247 organisations in 32 countries. Posting continuous growth since their launch in 2010, the awards received 105 more submissions than last year, representing six more countries, and with the participation of a remarkable 147 more organisations compared with 2014.

Thirty-three nominees were shortlisted after the opening round of assessment by the Regional Select Jury, a panel of 28 industry experts from the region’s leading energy companies, academic institutions, and professional associations. Each shortlisted entry was thoroughly screened by members of the Regional Select Jury (RSJ) at the RSJ Meeting, with the winners selected on the basis of a meticulous evaluation process.

Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy, Chief Executive Officer of the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations Ltd., (ADCO), and Chairman of the ADIPEC Awards, said, “The ADIPEC Awards were established to highlight the exceptional efforts and work observed at local, regional, and international levels. We have witnessed the development of the sector in the region through increasingly remarkable submissions year on year. In recognising these high levels of commitment and dedication, we hope to set new standards in the energy industry each year.”

New to the awards this year is the 'Best Dissertation of the Year' Award, which recognises exceptional academic efforts displayed by PhD students from disciplines that lend themselves to the development of the energy sector, as well as the ‘Best Practice’ Award, which identifies initiatives or programmes that have proven to enhance internal business processes, structures, or cultures.

Members of the RSJ said the exceptional quality of submissions made by the participants this year presented them with a challenge when selecting the winners.

“In addition to encouraging innovation in the oil and gas industry, the ADIPEC Awards provide visibility for the top performers,” said Dr. Thomas Steuber, Professor of Geology and Chairman of Petroleum Geosciences at The Petroleum Institute, and a member of the RSJ. 

“As a juror for the ‘Best Dissertation’ category, I was truly impressed by both the quality and the geographic scale of submissions – many entries came from not only the region, but around the world. I truly believe that by acknowledging best practice, we can inspire excellence.”

Winning two awards this year, the Petroleum Development Oman has reaffirmed its commitment to achieving sustainability through innovation. Receiving ‘Best Oil and Gas Mega Project’ Award for the world’s first and largest miscible sour gas injection project, and the ‘Best Oil and Gas Innovation or Technology (Surface)’ Award for using solar steam generation to enhance oil recovery, the company continues to demonstrate its relentless efforts to advancing the oil and gas industry.

“We are truly pleased and honoured to have receive these awards, and we hope others will benefit from what we have learned,” said Amran Al Marhubi, Technical Director at the Petroleum Development Oman. “Both projects are genuine examples of innovation – in the second winning project, for example, we use solar energy to generate steam that we can then inject into the wells to enhance oil recovery, saving energy and therefore reducing CO2 levels. I like to think of it as ‘injecting sunshine’ into the oil and gas industry to make it more sustainable.”

Winner of the ‘Oil & Gas Woman of the Year’ Award, Hosnia Hashim, Vice President – Operations at the Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co. (KUFPEC), said, “It is an honour to receive this prestigious award, and I believe that such recognition reinforces the message to all women that there is room for them to achieve success in the oil and gas industry.”

“The support of my colleagues in the oil and gas community played a valuable role in my career growth, and I now want to pass this on to aspiring women professionals. Female role models are very important, and the ‘Oil and Gas Woman of the Year’ Award demonstrates to the younger generation of women the many exciting opportunities that await them in the energy sector,” added Hashem, who was also named one of Forbes Most Powerful Arab Women in 2014.

Jean-Philippe Cossé, ADIPEC 2015 Event Director at dmg events, said, “The annual ADIPEC Awards ceremony is an important event in the energy sector, serving as an idea bank that inspires innovation and drives the exchange of best practice among industry professionals. With increased international recognition and higher enthusiasm levels from local, regional, and global companies, the ADIPEC Awards will continue to help shape the future of the oil and gas industry.”

The winners of the ADIPEC 2015 Awards are as follows:

Category 1 - Best Oil & Gas Mega Project


Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) - Harweel 2AB: PDO First and World’s Largest Miscible Sour Gas Injection Project

Category 2 - Best Oil & Gas Innovation or Technology (Surface or Sub-Surface)

Surface: Petroleum Development Oman, GlassPoint Solar - Solar Steam Generation for Enhanced Oil Recovery

Sub-Surface: BP Exploration (Epsilon) Ltd. - Oman Branch, Schlumberger - Geo-Engineered Completion Optimization in a Giant Unconventional Tight Gas Reservoir, Khazzan Field, Oman

Category 3 - Best Oil & Gas CSR/HSE Project or Initiative


ADCO - Achieving Sustainable Zero Flaring through Spiking Gas Compressor at ADCO Shah Field

Category 4 – Oil and Gas Woman of the Year


KUFPEC, Kuwait Oil Company - Ms. Hosnia Hashim, A Visionary Leader

Category 5 – Best Oilfield Services Company (Local, Regional, or International)


Local: EMDAD LLC - EMDAD LLC Integrated Service Company

Regional: Zamil Offshore Services Company - Offshore Fleet, Services Expansion & Quality Enhancement

International: Weatherford Manufacturing and Services - Ahead of the Curve, Proudly Made in the UAE

Category 6 - Young ADIPEC Engineer


Abubaker Saeed, Saudi Aramco

Category 7 - Best Dissertation of the Year

Saif Al-Ghafri, Imperial College London - Phase Behaviour and Physical Properties of Reservoir Fluids Under Addition of Carbon Dioxide

Category 8 - Best Practice Award

ADMA-OPCO, NDC, Nobel-Denton, LOC - New Rig Pre-loading Procedure on Difficult Location

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