Nominations open: The Middle East Energy Awards to honour the best downstream project in the region

Sixteen prestigious awards to be bestowed on the best in the industry on 18 September 2019

ADNOC Sour Gas wins the Downstream Project of the Year in 2018
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ADNOC Sour Gas wins the Downstream Project of the Year in 2018

Major operators in the Middle East are refocussing their strategies towards the downstream industry. The recent announcements from Saudi Aramco and ADNOC, to mention few, planning huge investments in to the sector, stand as testimony to the new dynamism gathering around the downstream industry in the region.

Improved efficiency and rising demand for higher value downstream 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 region’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 industry in the Middle East.

The winner of the 2018 ‘Downstream Project of the Year’ Award was the Shah Plant Project by ADNOC Sour Gas in the UAE.

Shah plant is the largest project of its kind in the world. The plant receives one billion cubic feet per day of raw gas and produces half a billion cubic feet per day of sales gas, which is delivered to the network. The project produces 3.5 million tonnes of sulphur per year and is committed towards the highest standards of 100% HSE.

Winning this award is a great achievement for ADNOC Sour Gas because we have done lot of efforts in introducing this $10bn plant.Sudha Nakka Papisetty, team leader, HSE planning and performance, ADNOC Sour Gas, who received the ‘Downstream Project of the Year’ Award on behalf of ADNOC Sour Gas, said: “Winning this award is a great achievement for ADNOC Sour Gas because we have done lot of efforts in introducing this $10bn plant.”

The ‘highly commended’ nomination in this category is the Muscat-Sohar Products Pipeline and Al Jifnain Terminal Project by Orpic. With the new pipeline between Sohar and Jifnain, the need to transport the products by sea is eliminated, therefore saving $10mn per year, and the pipeline is a significantly more efficient and safer transportation media than the vessels.

Since 2010, the annual awards event hosted by Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East has featured categories across the oil and gas value chain. But this year the awards are bigger than ever with a rebrand to the Middle East Energy Awards, which for the first time includes renewable and alternative energy, through sister publication Utilities Middle East.

Nominations for the awards are now open, and the editors of all three hosting publications encourage nominations from every corner of the industry. With 16 categories, up from 10 in the 2018 edition of the awards, there is more room than ever to celebrate the wide scope of achievements from the individuals and organisations striving to innovate and change the energy sector.

With 16 prestigious awards to be bestowed on the best in the industry, the Middle East Energy Awards ceremony is slated for 18 September 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The online nominations for these awards are already open at and the nomination deadline is 3 July 2019.

The nomination process is online only. This year, there are four awards for individuals and 12 for organisations.

The nominations process
All nominations must be submitted through, and only nominations submitted through this portal will be considered.

Three simple steps to make nominations:
1. Create a personal user account on the aforementioned website.
2. For each submission, fill out a questionnaire to help the independent panel of judges decide why the nominee deserves to win.
3. Upload one PDF file with supporting images and documents, not more than 10MB in size. Photos are generally more impactful, so please submit images.

The categories
The 16 award categories, along with a brief description of the ideal nominee for that award, are as given below:

Clean Energy Initiative of the Year: This initiative demonstrates a strategic approach to lowering a company’s carbon footprint through the use of alternative energy.

CSR Initiative of the Year: A CSR programme that has provided demonstrable and lasting benefits to its targeted beneficiaries.

Digital Enabler of the Year: A company which has made an outstanding contribution to the digital transformation of an energy firm through the use of its products, or services.

Downstream Project of the Year: The most ambitious, game-changing project in the regional refining and petrochemicals industry.

Energy Woman of the Year: An outstanding female achiever who has a successful track record and has made a telling contribution to the energy industry.

HSE Initiative of the Year: A specific initiative that has demonstrably helped to reduce accidents and problems in the workplace, and has generally improved safety.

Innovator of the Year Award: This individual is dedicated to changing the industry, and fosters growth through innovative technologies, strategies and vision.

Lifetime Achievement Award: This individual has made a visible, positive impact in the regional industry, with over 25 years in the development and progress of the sector.

Logistics Service Provider of the Year: A logistics company offering innovative solutions that create value for energy companies.

Oilfield Services Company of the Year: The most successful, innovative oilfield services company in the region over the last 18 months, showcasing interesting solutions.

Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year: The most innovative and ambitious operational excellence project by an energy firm in the Middle East.

Talent Development Initiative of the Year: An initiative that has made a difference in the industry by training the next generation of professionals, or upskilling the existing workforce.

Technical Innovation of the Year: A project that demonstrates a successful, innovative technical solution, which has solved a serious problem faced by the energy industry.

Upstream Project of the Year: An ambitious, innovative project that optimises, or streamlines upstream operations, reflecting leading behaviour in the market.

Utilities Project of the Year: An innovative project disrupting the region’s utilities landscape, offering much-needed hope for a better, more sustainable future.

Young Energy Professional of the Year: An employee aged 30 and younger whose work has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on his/her company over the past 18 months.


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