People

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Open to all chief executives of energy companies. This award will recognise a chief executive who has made an outstanding contribution to the company they lead, as well as to the wider industry; candidates are respected by staff, investors, and competitors alike. Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Entries should provide evidence of the nominee’s:

  • Demonstrable long-term commitment to the energy industry
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Impressive company results
  • An innovative approach to tackling business challenges
  • Commitment to employee and community development
ENERGY EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Open to all industry professionals. This award will recognise an executive who has made – or who has demonstrable potential to make – a major contribution to the industry, either regionally or globally, regardless of age or position within the company. Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Entries should provide evidence of the nominee’s:

  • Skills, acumen and ability
  • Recognition and respect within their industry sector, both within and without their company
  • Close involvement in or leadership of a range of successful projects/initiatives which have the potential to have an impact on the wider energy industry
  • Demonstrable commitment to the energy industry’s development
FUTURE LEADER
This award aims to identify the industry’s rising stars. Open to professionals across all industry sectors and disciplines, aged under 40 at the end of the scheme’s judging period, the award seeks to identify those people who are most likely to shape the industry’s future in the years ahead. Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Entries should provide evidence of the nominee’s:

  • Commitment to the sustainable, long-term future of the energy industry
  • Potential to take on a leadership role and fulfil the demands of that role
  • Outstanding leadership skills and demonstrable understanding of the challenges facing the industry in the 21st century and willingness to tackle those challenges
MINISTER OF THE YEAR
Open to all energy ministers who have held the portfolio for at least six months by the end of the scheme’s judging period. This award will recognise an energy minister who has made a significant contribution to their country’s energy sector, earning the respect of their peers and ministry staff, as well as domestic and international companies operating in the country. Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Entries should provide evidence of the nominee’s:

  • Demonstrable commitment to the development of the energy industry
  • Sound understanding of energy issues and their impact both domestically and internationally
  • Sound strategic thinking and commitment to sustainable policy initiatives
Evidence of improvement and/or innovation within the country’s energy sector is also an advantage.

LEGACY AWARD
This award will honour a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the energy industry. This award is not tied to the judging period but rather considers the individual’s commitment to, and work for, the industry throughout their career. The individual need not have spent their whole career within the industry, but must have contributed significantly to the industry’s development. Individuals, agencies, ministries and companies are able to nominate candidates. Nominations should include evidence of:

  • A demonstrable long-term commitment to the energy industry
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • A commitment to innovation
  • A commitment to improving operations, whether that be within a company, sector or across the sector as a whole

Companies

ENERGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR - LARGE CAP
Open to all energy firms with a market cap equal to or greater than $10bn at the time of award assessment.

The award will recognise organisations which have shown significant improvement across the business through 2018-19 and in previous years. The winning companies will stand out for their contributions to development of the wider industry, as well as having sound corporate and operating standards and clear evidence of innovation in their business operations. Entries should provide evidence of:
  • Strong company performance, including financial results
  • Business goals identified in prior years, which were met in the judging period
  • Any unforeseen challenges and the steps taken to address them
  • Investment in R&D
  • Commitment to environmental protection and employee welfare
ENERGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM CAP
Open to all energy firms with a market cap between $2bn and $10bn at the time of award assessment.

The award will recognise organisations which have shown significant improvement across the business through 2018-19 and in previous years. The winning companies will stand out for their contributions to development of the wider industry, as well as having sound corporate and operating standards and clear evidence of innovation in their business operations. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Strong company performance, including financial results
  • Business goals identified in prior years, which were met in the judging period
  • Any unforeseen challenges and the steps taken to address them
  • Investment in R&D
  • Commitment to environmental protection and employee welfare
ENERGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR - SMALL CAP
Open to all energy firms with a market cap between $300m and $2bn at the time of award assessment.

The award will recognise organisations which have shown significant improvement across the business through 2018-19 and in previous years. The winning companies will stand out for their contributions to development of the wider industry, as well as having sound corporate and operating standards and clear evidence of innovation in their business operations. Entries should provide evidence of::

  • Strong company performance, including financial results
  • Business goals identified in prior years, which were met in the judging period
  • Any unforeseen challenges and the steps taken to address them
  • Investment in R&D
  • Commitment to environmental protection and employee welfare
OFFSHORE SERVICES AND EQUIPMENT (OFSE) COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Open to all companies providing OFSE to the energy industry, including construction, engineering, operating, equipment and software services. This award will recognise an organisation which has shown the most effective management and development during the judging period. The winning company will stand out amongst its peers for its sound corporate strategy, high operating standards and clear evidence of innovation in its business operations. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Successful delivery of customer projects, both on time and on budget
  • Business goals identified in prior years which were met during the judging period
  • Commitment to employee development
  • Innovation in the field, whether to overcome challenging circumstances or to streamline operations for a client
  • Best-in-class existing and/or new technology
  • A digital edge
DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
Open to any hydrocarbons find or significant appraisal well drilled globally in the 2018-19 awards-relevant period. This award recognises the result of a successful marriage of pre-drill and drilling expertise to unlock a material volume of new resource. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • New reserves significant to the bottom-line
  • The opening up of new plays or substantial advances in the commerciality of frontier or existing systems
  • Use of innovative techniques or processes
  • Successfully overcoming exploration challenges
  • On-time and on- budget completion of operations
ENERGY ADVISORY OF THE YEAR
Open to all professional advisory companies serving the energy industry, including consultancies, accountancy firms and other advisors. This award will recognise an organisation which has consistently delivered excellent strategic or operational advice to its client(s), to deliver measurable improvement in their performance. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Successful delivery of a range of customer projects
  • Strategic input into clients’ business decisions
  • Significant expertise in the energy sector or a niche thereof
  • An innovative approach to tackling business challenges
LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Open to all legal firms offering services and advice to clients in the energy sector. This award will recognise an organisation whose expertise and involvement consistently delivers measurable value to its client(s). Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Close involvement in a range of energy sector deals
  • Strategic input into clients’ business decisions
  • Significant expertise in the energy sector or a niche thereof
  • An innovative approach to tackling business challenges

Banking & Finance

M&A OF THE YEAR
Open to any firm(s) that has affected a merger or acquisition in the 2018-19 awards-relevant period. This award will recognise a highly value-accretive transaction that delivers substantial strategic advantage to the acquiring firm or merging entities. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Genuine strategic progress resulting from the deal
  • Positive reaction of the investment and wider energy community to the logic of the transaction
  • A good price paid and an excellent portfolio fit
  • Added value both at close and going forward
ENERGY IPO OF THE YEAR
Open to any firm within the energy space globally that has listed on a public stock exchange in the 2018-19 awards-relevant period. This award will recognise the most impressive stock market debut of the past 12 months, taking into account investor appetite for the listing and material strategic progression delivered by the cash injection. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Genuine strategic progress delivered by a listing and subsequently
  • High investor appetite and demonstrable value unlocked
  • A highly compelling journey and success story
PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
Open to any private equity (PE) firm globally that has a material holding or made a material investment in an energy firm during the 2018-19 awards-relevant period. This award will recognise a PE firm that has made a valuable contribution to an existing or new vehicle not only simply in terms of capital but in value-add ancillary services such as strategy, management support and recruitment. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Investment that has super-charged a company
  • Demonstrable value-add
  • Genuine excitement generated by the contribution of the PE owner/investor
ENERGY FINANCE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Open to all banks and financial institutions offering commercial banking or project finance within the energy industry. This award will recognise an organisation whose expertise and involvement consistently delivers measurable value to its client(s). Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Close involvement in a range of energy sector deals
  • Strategic input into clients’ financial decisions
  • Significant expertise in the energy sector or a niche thereof
ENERGY TRADING HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Open to banks, financial institutions and energy companies operating in the energy trading markets. This award will recognise an organisation who can successfully demonstrate outstanding risk and liquidity management processes. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Strategic risk management initiatives in either the OTC or exchange trading platforms
  • Significant market knowledge across financial and physical energy markets
  • Demonstrable research into the market in which the trading desk(s) operate
ENERGY EQUITY ANALYST OF THE YEAR
Open to any equity analyst providing regular coverage of a portfolio of energy companies during the 2018-19 awards-relevant period. This award will recognise an equity analyst who has consistently stood apart from the pack, delivering actionable research that gives investors unique material insight and asking the killer questions that companies must answer, even if they might prefer not to. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Peer-leading insight
  • Industry-wide recognition of innovative thinking
  • Best-in-class intelligence that rewards its readers

Projects & Programmes

CONTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR TO THE ENERGY TRANSITION
Open to all energy companies, government ministries and other official bodies, as well as agencies, in both the public and private sectors. This award will recognise a significant contribution to the move towards a lower-carbon/carbon neutral economy. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • A clear commitment to the energy transition
  • A material change in business practice, market design or the wider energy eco-system towards a lower carbon/carbon neutral future
  • Active promotion of the energy transition to employees, stakeholders and the wider public
LIQUIDS PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Open to all companies who have been driving oil liquids projects and initiatives during the judging period. These awards will recognise an organisation which has shown the most effective management and development during the 2018-19 awards-relevant period. The winning companies will stand out amongst their peers for the material strategic impact of their project, high operating standards and clear evidence of innovation. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • A clear strategic advantage and genuine value-add delivered by the project
  • Meeting business goals
  • Excellence and ingenuity
  • Sustainability and careful consideration of environmental issues
  • A best-practice approach to health and safety
  • Lessons learned of lasting impact for the company itself and the broader industry
  • Technological and/or process breakthroughs
  • On-time and on-budget delivery
GAS/LNG PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Open to all companies who have been driving gas and LNG projects and initiatives during the judging period. These awards will recognise an organisation which has shown the most effective management and development during the 2018-19 awards-relevant period. The winning companies will stand out amongst their peers for the material strategic impact of their project, high operating standards and clear evidence of innovation. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • A clear strategic advantage and genuine value-add delivered by the project
  • Meeting business goals
  • Excellence and ingenuity
  • Sustainability and careful consideration of environmental issues
  • A best-practice approach to health and safety
  • Lessons learned of lasting impact for the company itself and the broader industry
  • Technological and/or process breakthroughs
  • On-time and on-budget delivery