The prestigious Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) Awards have received a record number of entries this year, with an increase of 100 submissions compared to 2013.
Organisers revealed that the ADIPEC Awards 2014 received nearly 400 submissions, at 396 entries, compared to last year's total of 290. The number of participants also showed a significant increase, with 100 companies taking part this year compared to 79 companies last year.
The distinguished awards and gala dinner, which are sponsored by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), offer regional oil and gas companies an opportunity to showcase their achievements and important contributions to the industry.
"The growth of ADIPEC to what it is today, makes it an ideal venue and platform to recognise exceptional achievements in the industry," said Mr Abdul Munim Saif Al Kindy, ADIPEC Awards Chairman.
"We aspire to use the exhibition and conference to share best practices, promote efficiencies, and reward those with significant contribution in the region and the world." Organisers of the ADIPEC Awards said the entries showcase the great strides made by companies in the region's energy sector, in terms of both accomplishments and approach.
Jean-Philippe Cosse, ADIPEC 2014 Event Director at dmg events, said: "The ADIPEC Awards this year offer a remarkable representation of projects in the Middle East. The record-breaking number of entries we received not only reflects the determination of oil and gas companies in the region to achieve best practice, but also their commitment to share this knowledge with the world." Sponsors of the awards attributed the competition's overwhelming success to ADIPEC's position as one of the most highly acclaimed and reputable energy shows worldwide.
The most popular category this year was the Best Oil & Gas Innovation and Technology Award, with just above 130 entries, followed by the Best Oil & Gas Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Project or Initiative.
Oil and gas companies could enter seven categories: Best Oil & Gas Project; Best Oil & Gas Innovation and Technology; Best Oil & Gas HSE Project or Initiative; Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative; Empowerment of Women in the Oil & Gas Industry; Young ADIPEC Engineer; and Best Oilfield Services Company.
Held this year under the theme of "Excellence in Energy 2014", the ADIPEC Awards are a keystone of ADIPEC 2014.
The shortlist will be announced on 13 October 2014 and will name three finalists for each category. Winners and runners-up will be announced at the ADIPEC Gala Awards Dinner at Emirates Palace on ADIPEC's opening night, 10 November 2014.