The new Chairman of ADIPEC Awards and Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO), Abdul Munim Saif Hamoud Al Kindy spoke exclusively about the significance of the ADIPEC Awards in 2014.
Abdul Munim Saif Hamoud Al Kindy has overarching responsibility for ADCO. He started in the industry as a mechanical engineer and has a strong career including a number of senior positions in prestigious companies including British Petroleum and National Drilling Company.
Al Kindy has a long history with ADIPEC and was the Chairman of the 2010 event. He opened the interview by saying he felt extremely honoured to have been asked to be the Chairman of this year’s ADIPEC Awards.
“I am happy to be part of ADIPEC 2014 and I feel privileged to be part of this committee. It is an honour to be chosen to head such a widely experienced team,” he adds.
The Regional Select Jury (RSJ) is made up of 26 representatives from the region’s leading energy companies, academic institutions, and professional associations. Al Kindy comments: “The RSJ is made up of a wide representation from the entire hydrocarbon value chain from upstream, midstream to petrochemicals are all represented. It makes for a balanced group and I feel humbled to be part of such a prestigious group of judges,” he states. He believes that one of the strengths of the ADIPEC Awards is the highly experienced team he has been put in charge of.
“ADIPEC’s growth naturally brings in a wealth of operating companies, national oil companies, oil majors and service companies to ADIPEC, all of whom want to share what experiences they have and what services they offer. It is in this kind of environment that the Awards recognise companies’ contribution to the industry.
The point of the ADIPEC Awards is to promote efficiency and to share good working practices. The Awards provides a ready-made platform for recognition of a job well done or for a new service, product or elevation of a company’s status in the area of excellence,” he says.
According to Al Kindy this is what makes it such a prominent award programme and he believes that the ADIPEC Awards can only get more prominent in the future.
This year will see the ADIPEC Awards expand to seven categories, with six remaining from last year including; Best Oil & Gas Project; Best Oil & Gas Innovation and Technology; Best Oil & Gas HSE Project or Initiative, Best CSR Initiative, Empowerment of Women in the Oil & Gas Industry and Young ADIPEC Engineer.
New for the 2014 edition, the ADIPEC Oilfield Services Company Award recognises exceptional service to the region’s oil and gas industry.
“I believe this new category will see a lot of competition mainly as it recognises a service company regionally. Winning this award will be a big banner for any company. I expect a lot of companies will want to demonstrate their competence, excellence and efficiencies,” he notes.
Al Kindy highlights two existing categories that he feels are of particular importance.
“We as an industry need to own up to the fact that we face challenges attracting resources and integrating these resources as quickly as possible into our operations. We need as an industry to do all we can to encourage students to take up engineering studies and once they have graduated we have to be able to attract them into the energy sector and keep them here,” he points out.
Al Kindy feels that the Young ADIPEC Engineer award is vital as the industry needs to recognise the next generation and make them part of the reward scheme that exists in all companies.
Women are going to play an increasingly important role in the future of the hydrocarbon industry in the region.
He comments: “We are aware that future graduates will be made up more and more by women and we therefore have to facilitate an increasing number of female engineers. We believe we will succeed in putting females in the field. Today at ADNOC we have over 150 females in our operating centres and it is increasing.”
“It is great that we have a dedicated award recognising women in the energy industry,” he adds.
Transparency is essential Al Kindy said he is committed to deploying all of the skills of the RSJ and of course the organisers as well to ensure that there is a successful award screening and selection process.
“We need to have a very clear process of selection and it needs to be transparent. It is only by doing this that we can sustain interest in these Awards. If people don’t trust the process or don’t see objectivity then these Awards will be relegated to a fad.”
All award entries will close on 1 August 2014, with the shortlist announced on 13 October 2014. Winners and runners-up will be announced at the ADIPEC Gala Awards Dinner at Emirates Palace on ADIPEC’s opening night, 10 November 2014.
Al Kindy concludes saying that the ADIPEC Awards are a great recognition that will elevate the standing of either the individual or a company concerned.
He concludes: “Winning an award will certainly be quite an achievement as it will be very competitive across all the categories. I wish everyone who will enter the best of luck.”
This interview first appeared in the July 2014 edition of Pipeline Magazine.