2017 WPC Excellence Awards

Over 120 nominated projects were reviewed by the independent judging panel for the 2017 WPC Excellence Awards nominations. The results in each category were:

WPCEA for Social Responsibility – Winners & Finalists (alphabetically by company)

Small to medium sized companies Large Companies & NOCs


Woodside Energy Ltd: Woodside Science and Technology Collaboration-community education and outreach


Indian Oil Corporation Ltd: Smokeless Village Initiative and ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ Implementation


OMV: Women’s Empowerment Program in Pakistan (Making history and changing the future)

Salym Petroleum Development: Go Local: programme to enhance local content, develop local resources and increase local capacity


BP: Enterprise Development Program

HPCL: Empowering women from poorer households-improving access to efficient sources of energy: HPCL Social Initiative

Saudi Aramco: Saudi Aramco’s Initiatives Supports Productive Families

WPCEA for Technological Development – Winners & Finalists (alphabetically by company)

Small to medium sized companies Large Companies & NOCs


Huisman Equipment BV: Robotized Drilling, not talking, but doing


Indian Oil Corporation Ltd: INDMAX Technology


Incendium Technologies: Stimuli-Responsive Supramolecular Assemblies as Displacement Fluids in EOR

Preferred Proppants, LLC: FloPRO®: A Multifunctional Proppant Coating Technology Delivers Exceptional Solutions for Numerous Hydraulic Fracturing Challenges


Total SA: K5F-3 All Electric

The winners were announced on Thursday, 13th July, the final day of the 22nd World Petroleum Congress, during the WPC Excellence Awards Ceremony by H.E. Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Chairman, Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy & Industry, Qatar.

All the projects selected by the judges were showcased during the 22nd World Petroleum Congress. 

WPCEA 2017 Judging Panel:

Social Responsibility Technological Development

Eng. Jorge Ciacciarelli, Executive Secretary, ARPEL

Faris Hasan, Director of Corporate Planning & Economic Services, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

Brian Sullivan, Executive Director, IPIECA

Gordon Ballard, Executive Director, IOGP

Dr Gürcan Gülen, Senior Economist, Bureau of Economic Geology’s Center for Energy Economics

Miguel Moyano, Upstream Director, ARPEL

Each category had two winners, one from an NOC or large business and the other to represent the work of small and medium size organisations. The following criteria were taken into consideration when assessing the projects:

WPC Excellence Awards for Youth

In recognition of the important contribution by youth to the energy industry, the World Petroleum Council rewarded the best young authors of the Congress. These were selected from the best abstracts submitted by young professionals under 35.

The winners for 2017 were:

Winner:  Ahmed Almubarak, Team Leader, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

“Saudi Arabia’s Unconventional Program in the Jafurah Basin: Transforming an Idea to Reality with the Jurassic Tuwaiq Mountain Formation”

Second Place: Shuna Sharma, Engineer, ONGC, India

“Enhancing Recovery of Oil Using Nano Particles - An Overview”

Third Place: Dhaval Gupta, Manager PSU Business, Reliance Industries, India

“CASHe – Change Agents for Safety, Health and Workplace Environment: A New Paradigm of HSE Management”