Excellence Awards

Every three years at the World Petroleum Congress, the World Petroleum Council recognizes some of the most outstanding projects and innovations in the oil and gas sector with the 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. Companies can submit projects in two categories:

Technological Development and Social Responsibility

Over 120 nominated projects were reviewed by the independent judging panel in this cycle’s awards nominations. The Finalists in each category are:

WPCEA for Social Responsibility – Finalists (alphabetically by company)

Small to medium sized companies Large Companies & NOCs
  • 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
  • Woodside Energy Ltd: Woodside Science and Technology Collaboration-community education and outreach
  • BP: Enterprise Development Program
  • HPCL: Empowering women from poorer households-improving access to efficient sources of energy: HPCL Social Initiative
  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd: Smokeless Village Initiative and ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ Implementation
  • Saudi Aramco: Saudi Aramco’s Initiatives Supports Productive Families


WPCEA for Technological Development – Finalists (alphabetically by company)

Small to medium sized companies Large Companies & NOCs
  • Huisman Equipment BV: Robotized Drilling, not talking, but doing
  • 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
  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd: INDMAX Technology
  • Total SA: K5F-3 All Electric


The winners will be announced on Thursday, 13th July, the first 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 will be showcased during the Congress on Thursday 13th July 2017. The Social Responsibility Finalists will present their projects at the Social Responsibility Global Village, while the Technical Development projects will be available for review at the Digital Poster Plaza from 14:30 to 16:30.


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 will have two winners, one from an NOC or large business and the other to represent the work of small and medium size organizations. The following criteria have been taken into consideration when assessing the projects:
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)

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

WPC Excellence Awards for Youth

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