Issue 31 – September 2011
The winners of the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards were announced on 17 August to recognise achievement and excellence in the New Zealand energy sector. Z Energy won the Overall Energy Company of the Year award.
Z Energy, born out of the sale of Shell's service station business and associated infrastructure to Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, had a stellar year according to the judging panel. The company successfully rebranded and localised an otherwise decentralised operation – a challenging task in its own right, returning a healthy earnings lift in the process.
Over 60 entries were received across the 10 categories. Chairman of the Judging Panel, Peter Griffiths, says that the calibre of entries was very high. 'The judging panel has been in the privileged position of seeing the work of New Zealand's best energy businesses and learning of their successes,' says Griffiths. 'It was a real challenge to select finalists and ultimately winners from the diversity and high quality of entries.'
- Innovation in Electricity Award – sponsored by Gentrack: Powerco – Leading Innovation
- Innovation in Petroleum Award – sponsored by ITL: Contact Energy & Origin Energy – Ahuroa gas storage facility
- Excellence in Health & Safety Award – sponsored by Siemens: MB Century – The Path to HSE Excellence
- Environmental Excellence Award – sponsored by PEPANZ: Meridian Energy – Project Te Uku – Premier Wind Farm Development
- Young Energy Executive of the Year – sponsored by Minter Ellison Rudd Watts: James Kilty – Contact Energy
- Energy Executive of the Year – sponsored by Transfield Worley: Patrick Strange – Transpower
- Lines Company of the Year – sponsored by TE Connectivity: Powerco
- Energy Retailer of the Year – sponsored by Deloitte: Mercury Energy
- Overall Energy Company of the Year – sponsored by Port Taranaki: Z Energy
- Editor's award for outstanding contribution to the sector – sponsored by EECA: Roger Sutton
Read the full media release (www.energyawards.co.nz/news/winners-announced-0) for more information.
Summarised from a Deloitte Energy News media release 18 August 2011.