The World Petroleum Council (WPC) said Jan. 11 it is now taking submissions for the 2021 WPC Excellence Awards as part of the 23rd World Petroleum Congress set to take place later this year in Houston.

Every three years the WPC presents the WPC Excellence Awards in two categories, technological development and social responsibility, recognizing exceptional achievements in the oil and gas industry by companies, institutions or any public or private organization. Each category has two winners, one from a NOC or large business and the other to represent the work of small- and medium-sized organizations.

Additionally, the WPC will also present the WPC Excellence Awards for Youth to highlight the important contribution by youth to the energy industry, and reward the best young authors of the Congress. These are selected from the best abstracts submitted by young professionals under 35.

Dr. Pierce Riemer, director-general of the WPC, noted: “We are in an incredible position where we can witness these industry achievements and select from a vast range of unique projects. Our panel of independent judges have a hard task ahead.”

Companies can submit their projects for consideration up to June 18 and the link for submissions is now open. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony held during the 23rd World Petroleum Congress.

The 23rd World Petroleum Congress—with the theme Innovative Energy Solutions—will provide the platform for open dialogue between consumers and producers, governments and industry, academia and financiers, leaders and society, in order to address these issues and present debates, developments and solutions for sustainable production and use of the world’s energy resources.

Organized by the WPC, the 23rd World Petroleum Congress will take place in Houston on Dec. 5-9, 2021.


Houston-hosted World Petroleum Congress On Track One Year Out

The triennial World Petroleum Congress is the oil and gas industry’s largest and most prestigious international event. Known as “the Olympics of the oil and gas sector,” the Congress attracts the highest-level industry and government leaders from around the world, including heads of state, ministers of energy and C-suite executives. More than 100 countries, 50 ministers, 700 expert speakers, 1,000 media and 10,000 attendees are expected to participate in the Congress, which will also feature the World Petroleum Exhibition in the 50,000 square meter George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston’s Downtown Campus.

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