Nominations open: Middle East Energy Awards to recognise ‘Technical Innovation of the Year’

This award will recognise a project that demonstrates a successful and innovative technical solution, which has practically solved a serious problem faced by the energy industry

Botan Osman (left), managing director of Restrata, presents the 2018 ‘Technical Innovation of the Year’ Award, won by Saudi Aramco for its ‘Waterflood Monitoring with Surface-to-borehole Electromagnetics’, to Ammar J Alshehri, petroleum engineer, Reservoir Engineering Technology Division, EXPEC Advanced Research Center, Saudi Aramco.
Botan Osman (left), managing director of Restrata, presents the 2018 ‘Technical Innovation of the Year’ Award, won by Saudi Aramco for its ‘Waterflood Monitoring with Surface-to-borehole Electromagnetics’, to Ammar J Alshehri, petroleum engineer, Reservoir Engineering Technology Division, EXPEC Advanced Research Center, Saudi Aramco.

ICT and digital technologies are becoming the backbone of the modern energy industry, from digital oilfields to 3D modelling and pipelines equipped with ‘Internet of Thing’ sensors.

The winner of the 2018 ‘Technical Innovation of the Year’ Award was Saudi Aramco for its ‘Waterflood Monitoring with Surface-to-borehole Electromagnetics, which represented a ‘major step forward’. This enables the mapping of inter-well reservoir. Through the repeated surveying of multiple wells in a given area, the position of the water front can be monitored over time.

Measurements can then be calibrated and integrated with standard production logs. The results provide a means for improved reservoir simulator history matching and optimised reservoir management decisions. With this novel technology, the goal of increasing the recovery factor is one step closer. Saudi Aramco has partnered with Schlumberger to develop and apply the surface-to-borehole electromagnetics technology.

The ‘highly commended’ nomination in this category in 2018 was ‘TransCoil Rigless Deployed Electric Submersible Pump System’, a joint endeavour by Saudi Aramco and BHGE.

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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