Energy sector award winners announced

Mighty River Power scooped the top energy company of the year award this week at the inaugural Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards in Wellington.

The black-tie awards dinner was attended by more than 550 guests from across the electricity and petroleum sectors, including visitors from Australia.

NBR understands that over 90 entries were received across the 10 award categories.

Associate Energy and Resources Minister Pansy Wong, called in to replace Ilam MP and newly appointed Minister for Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee, delivered the event’s opening speech.

A recurring theme across speakers was that media coverage of the energy sector tends towards quick headlines for bad news and slow recognition for achievement.

Comedian David McPhail provided comic relief though a convincing impersonation of former prime minister Robert Muldoon, godfather of ‘think big’ energy projects.

The awards night was founded by Energy News publisher Matt Freeman.

Detailed coverage of the awards will be provided in tomorrow's print edition.

The winners

Innovation Award - sponsored by Gentrack

Excellence in Health & Safety Award - sponsored by Northpower
Shell Todd Oil Services

Young Energy Executive of the Year - sponsored by Nexans
Simon Clarke, Arc Innovations

Energy Executive of the Year - sponsored by Siemens
Ari Sargent, Powershop

Lines Company of the Year - sponsored by Tyco Electronics
The Lines Company

Petroleum Project of the Year - sponsored by ITL
Manaia extended reach well - OMV New Zealand

Energy Project of the Year - sponsored by Greenstone Energy
Nga Awa Purua - Mighty River Power and Tauhara North No. 2 Trust

Energy Retailer of the Year - sponsored by Deloitte

Overall Energy Company of the Year - sponsored by Schneider Electric
Mighty River Power

Editor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sector - sponsored by General Cable
Keith Tempest (former TrustPower CEO)

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