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Finalists Announced for Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards

23rd June 2014

Finalists Announced for Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards 2014

The finalists in the 2014 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards recognising achievement in the New Zealand energy sector were announced today.

The awards, now in their fifth year, are being held in Auckland at the Langham Hotel on August 13 to recognise achievement and excellence in the New Zealand energy sector.

Chairman of the Judging Panel, Richard Westlake, says that the calibre of entries was extremely high and the finalist selection process had been a tough one; in two of the categories the judges named four finalists.

"Following a rigorous judging process we are delighted to announce the finalists and wish them well on the night," he says. "The judging panel was impressed by the depth and quality of the entries and our task certainly hasn't been easy. Some of the entries this year were the best the panel has seen."

Deloitte partner and energy leader Scott McClay says the sector plays a crucial role in the economy and continues to adapt and change to support the standard of living we have come to enjoy in this country.

McClay says Deloitte, as principal sponsor of the awards, is proud to be involved with recognising the people and businesses in a sector that has the potential to deliver major social and economic benefits through technological change. “We are delighted to have this role in supporting recognition of excellence in the sector and congratulate all the finalists announced today”, he says. “Their efforts are collectively helping to build a better and more prosperous New Zealand.”

The event is being organised by Freeman Media, publisher of online news and information service Energy News. Organiser Neil Wembridge says that ticket sales have already passed 500 and is expecting 650 in attendance.

The 2014 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards finalists are:

Innovation in Energy Award – sponsored by Gentrack
• Amethyst Hydro – Amethyst Hydro power scheme
• Powershop – The world’s first power company in your pocket
• Transpower – Enabling the lights to stay on – Transpower’s mobile substation and demand-side management project

Energy Project of the Year – sponsored by ITL
• Genesis Energy – Tekapo Canal remediation
• Methanex – Full of energy: The major capital project to increase production and capacity at Methanex’s methanol plants, ensuring longevity
• OMV New Zealand – Raroa “The Return” – Swivel and mooring repair of the FPSO Raroa
• Transpower – The HVDC link upgrade project

Excellence in Health and Safety Award – sponsored by the Electricity Networks Association
• Centralines – Four years – no lost time injuries
• Genesis Energy – A zero harm culture
• Iceland Drilling – Health and Safety – in an international, culturally diverse world

Environmental Excellence Award – sponsored by PEPANZ
• Contact Energy – Contact and Ngāti Tahu
• Energyworks – Environmental leadership in pipeline construction
• Genesis Energy, Department of Conversation, Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society – Genesis Energy national Whio recovery programme

Young Executive of the Year – sponsored by ABB
• Grady Cameron – Delta Utility Services & Aurora Energy
• Trent Tscheuschler – Powerco
• James Whistler – Transpower

Energy Executive of the Year – sponsored by WorleyParsons
• Mark Binns – Meridian Energy
• Harvey Weake – Methanex
• Mark Gatland – Northpower

Energy Retailer of the Year – sponsored by Chapman Tripp
• BP
• Tiny Mighty Power
• Powershop

Overall Energy Company of the Year – Sponsored by Port Taranaki
• Meridian Energy
• TAG Oil
• Shell New Zealand
• Mighty River Power

Finalists have not been announced for the Lines Company of the Year, sponsored by TE Connectivity, or for the Editor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sector, sponsored by MB Century. The winners for these two awards will be announced on the night.

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