The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) Awards has announced the submission deadline for Middle East and North Africa’s leading gas and oil industry awards has been extended to August 29, 2013. The change comes in response to the high level of interest in participation, the show’s organisers said.
The annual awards that recognise excellence in energy across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Under the categories of Best Gas and Oil Project, Best Gas and Oil Innovation or Technology, Best Gas and Oil HSE Project and Best CSR Initiative, this year’s edition of the ADIPEC Awards is said to be receiving submissions in unprecedented numbers from across the region and internationally, including Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait, as well as the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
ADIPEC’s two new categories are also drawing increased participation. The Empowerment of Women in Gas and Oil category aims to highlight companies that recognise the value of diversity and are committed to strengthening women's participation in the sector, particularly in leadership roles. The Young ADIPEC Engineer category is in line with ADIPEC’s efforts to nurture future leaders and innovators in the gas and oil sector.
Mohammed A. Sahoo AlSuwaidi director, gas directorate - ADNOC chairman, ADIPEC 2013 Conference, said: “These awards set the benchmark for vision, innovation and pioneering execution in the regional hydrocarbon industry. They also ensure the sustained growth of innovation year after year.”
“The quality of this year’s submissions is phenomenal and firmly places the regional gas and oil industries among the most innovative in the world. We are particularly delighted with the uptake for the new Empowerment of Women in Gas and Oil and the Young ADIPEC Engineer categories, both of which are integral to the future of the industry. This deadline extension guarantees that those that may otherwise have missed the impending cut-off can now secure their participation in what promises to be one of the most distinguished industry recognitions,” said AlSuwaidi.
To support the emphasis on women in the gas and oil industry, this year’s ADIPEC Awards jury features five female panelists. Chaired by Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, chief operating officer of Mubadala Development Company, the jury includes Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, board member and chair of Projects Committee of Al Jaber Group UAE, Aseel Hamoodi, vice president of Talent and Capability Management at Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO), Mona Thamer Al Maadeed, manager New Energy at Qatar Petroleum, and Sara Akbar, chief executive officer of Kuwait Energy.
Speaking about the role of the ADIPEC Awards, and their recognition of women and youth in the industry, Sara Akbar said: “This year’s entries are a strong reflection of the agility of the sector to innovate and foster new thinking as it goes through an important process of evolution.”
“Any award that recognises the hard work of dedicated people in our industry is crucial. The MENA region is one of the key geographical areas for the global gas and oil industry, and it is through awards like ADIPEC’s that the excellence of companies in the region is highlighted and celebrated,” she added.
The judging panel will receive the entries mid-September, and deliver their independent evaluations by 1 October. The panel will convene in October for final deliberation and select the winners of this year’s most coveted energy awards.
“ADIPEC Awards – Excellence in Energy 2013” will honour winners across all categories at the ADIPEC Awards gala dinner hosted by ADNOC at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on November 10, 2013.
For more information, visit www.adipec.com.