2021 WPC Excellence Awards

Every three years at the World Petroleum Congress, the World Petroleum Council recognises some of the most outstanding projects and innovations in the oil and gas sector with the prestigious WPC Excellence Awards (WPCEA). The objective of the WPC Excellence Awards (WPCEA) is to distinguish companies, institutions or any public or private organisation (not individuals) engaged in the oil and gas industry for promoting or operating with high excellence standards.  

Over 130 nominated projects were reviewed by the independent judging panel in this cycle’s awards nominations. The Winners and Finalists in each category are:

WPCEA for Social Responsibility – Winners & Finalists  

Small to medium sized companies Large Companies & NOCs


Sakhalin Energy: Sakhalin: Indigenous Island


Pertamina Refinery Unit III: Lighting Hopes: Electrify Rural Communities from Micro-Hydro Power Plant

Salym Petroleum Development: Good Neighbour


ExxonMobil: Building local capacity in Guyana


Chevron: Peace, Prosperity, and Partnerships in the Niger Delta

Chevron: Partnering to Eliminate Malaria in Bioko Island

WPCEA for Technological Development – Winners & Finalists  

Small to medium sized companies Large Companies & NOCs


Kayrros: Geospatial Monitoring for Oil & Gas Climate Stewardship


Aramco Americas: Sensor Ball

Fishbones AS: Multilateral Well Stimulation

Weatherford - Vero® Automated Connection Integrity


Halliburton Landmark: Permedia® CO2 Toolkit:Understanding the Flow Dynamics of Injected CO2 in the Subsurface to De-risk Long-term Carbon


Satbayev UniversitySmartTranPro software-energy saving of paraffinic oil transportation through pipelines

Saudi Aramco: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Enhanced Oil Recovery Project

The winners were announced during the WPC Excellence Awards Ceremony held at the 23rd World Petroleum Congress on 6 December in Houston.

All winners' and finalists’ projects were showcased during the Congress. The Social Responsibility Finalists will presented their projects at the Global Sustainability Stand with the Technological Development projects presented at the Digital Poster Plaza.

WPCEA 2021 Judging Panel:

Social Responsibility Technological Development

Miguel Moyano, Executive Secretary, ARPEL, Uruguay

Dr Pierce Riemer, Director General, World Petroleum Council

Brian Sullivan, Executive Director, IPIECA

Andy Calitz, Secretary General ElectIGU

Iman Hill, Executive Director, IOGP

Mark Rubin, Executive Director, SPE, USA

Social Responsibility and Technological Development

Each category will have 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 by an independent panel when assessing the projects:

WPCEA on Social Responsibility

  • Innovative and far-reaching social responsibility initiatives benefitting the community or environment
  • Commitment and involvement of management and employees
  • Cooperation with local communities and stakeholders and development of mutually beneficial relations 
  • Feasibility
  • Wide applicability and reproducibility within the petroleum sector
  • Proved or clearly demonstrable long-term results

WPCEA on Technological Developments

  • Technological breakthroughs
  • Innovative applications of existing technologies
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Wide applicability for the petroleum industry
  • Proved or clearly demonstrable and sustainable results (long term)

WPC Excellence Awards for Youth

Finalists in alphabetical order:


  • Pedro Miras, Senior Gas Balance Analyst, Repsol


  • Taha Enes Kon, Design Engineer, Turkish Petroleum Offshore Technology Centre
  • Tamara Seres, WPC YP Representative for the Serbian National Committee

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

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