Petrofac supports Oil & Gas and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East 2018 Awards as gold sponsor

Nominations are in full momentum for the ninth edition of the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards that will take place on 12 September 2018 in Dubai, UAE.

Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East 2017 Award winners.
Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East 2017 Award winners.

Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East magazines have jointly announced that Petrofac, the leading international service provider to the oil and gas production and processing industry, is supporting the ninth annual Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards as the gold sponsor. To nominate for the 10 categories of awards, please visit

Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East magazines will recognise the stellar performers of the upstream, midstream and downstream segments at the ninth annual Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards ceremony, which is slated for 12 September 2018 in Dubai, UAE.

As of now, the online nomination process for the awards has gained momentum, and will close on 26 July 2018. This year, there are 10 categories of awards – two for individuals and eight for organisations, initiatives and projects. The last eight editions of the prestigious awards received overwhelming response from the industry.

The nomination process

To nominate for this year’s awards, please visit and follow these simple steps:

1. All nominations must be submitted online at through the nomination system. Nominations sent via e-mail, or in any other format will not be considered.

2. When visiting the website, the visitor first needs to create a personal user account. The nomination system allows the visitor to access his/her account at any time, and edit, or update the submissions until the nomination deadline.

3. For each submission, the applicant must fill out a questionnaire that will help the judges decide why the nominated person/organisation/project/initiative deserves to win.

4. The nomination system allows the visitor to upload a single PDF file with supporting images and documents, not larger than 10MB in size. Nominations with photos create a greater impact than entries with just the document. So, please make it a point to submit images.

5. When all the nominations have been received, the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East editorial team will compile a shortlist of six to ten entries in each category, which will be presented to an independent panel of judges. The panel of judges will evaluate the shortlisted persons/organisations/projects/initiatives in each category, according to the guidelines, making its final selection of winners. The decision of the panel of judges will be final.  

The ten award categories

The list of the 10 award categories is as follows:

CSR Initiative of the Year

Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives have become a priority for most companies in the upstream and downstream oil and gas industry. This award will recognise a CSR programme that has provided demonstrable and lasting benefits to its targeted beneficiaries.

Downstream Project of the Year

Improved efficiency and rising demand for higher value petrochemical products have been driving plant integration and modernisation as well as investment in greenfield refining and petrochemical developments in the Middle East. These projects will help diversify the GCC’s economies, make them more competitive on the global market and create more jobs for the region’s young and growing populations. The Downstream Project of the Year Award will aim to select the most outstanding, ambitious and game-changing project in the refining and petrochemicals manufacturing industries in the Middle East.

HSE Initiative of the Year

Health, safety and environment are the pillars of the oil and gas industry. This award category will recognise a specific initiative that has not only helped reduce accidents and improve safety standards, but also boosted the health aspect of the workforce. Entries should be supported by data that demonstrates the success of the initiative.

Logistics Service Provider of the Year

In the oil and gas downstream industry, the processed natural gas and oil products need to be transported to different places where it is sold, used, or redistributed, using the conventional methods like trucking, rail and boat shipment, and pipelines. The products created by the downstream sector are products nearly everyone in the society will come into contact on daily basis, without which the quality of life would be drastically different for everyone. This is why the logistics services for the downstream oil and gas industry are so important in deciding the economic progress of every nation. The Logistics Service Provider of the Year will be decided based on the innovations and value creation offered by the service provider.

Oil & Gas Woman of the Year

This award will recognise an outstanding female achiever who has a successful track record and has made a telling contribution to the hydrocarbons industry. The GCC boasts a wealth of female talent in oil and gas, with thousands of highly talented engineering graduates helping to make the region a hotspot for industry excellence.

Oilfield Services Company of the Year

Oilfield service companies drive the entire upstream sector, providing every conceivable type of service, from hiring out moveable accommodation, to rope access, to seismic exploration and deep water oil exploration. This award will look for the most successful and innovative oilfield services company in the Middle East region over the last 12 months.

Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year

With the region’s operators looking to squeeze every last drop of profit out of their valuable hydrocarbon reserves, operational excellence is becoming more important than ever. Operational excellence means doing the right thing, each and every time. This award category recognises the most innovative and ambitious operational excellence project in the region.

Technical Innovation of the Year

ICT and digital technologies are becoming the backbone of the modern upstream and downstream operations, from digital oilfields to 3D modelling and pipeline sensors. This project-based award will recognise a project that demonstrates a successful and innovative technical solution to improve the quality and efficiency of an oil and gas operation.

Training Initiative/Programme of the Year

Billions of dollars are being invested to train the next generation of oil and gas professionals, as well as enhancing the skills of the existing workforce. This award will go to the training programme, or initiative that has made a real difference in the upstream, or downstream sector. Entries from both individual companies and training organisations will be accepted.

Young Oil & Gas Professional of the Year

Concerns about young, emerging talent in the oil and gas industry are not new. However, companies in the region are investing heavily to bring through skilled engineers and executives. The award is open to employees aged 30 and younger, and will go to the candidate whose work has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on his/her company over the past 24 months.


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