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Mighty River Power leads at Energy Excellence Awards

MEDIA RELEASE: 16 AUGUST 2012

Mighty River Power takes premier title at Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards

· Special award for Sir John Todd

The Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards were held last night in Auckland to recognise achievement and excellence in the New Zealand energy sector.

Over 650 guests attended the black-tie event at the Langham Hotel.

The Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Phil Heatley, was the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the event. The minister congratulated all the winners and finalists. "Recognising those who achieve excellence in any field of industry is an important part of a successful country," he says.

Mighty River Power won three awards at last night’s event, including the premier Overall Energy Company of the Year award. According to the judging panel it was Mighty River Power’s strong retail performance from its differentiated offering, combined with its successful international expansion which set it apart. The company’s domestic business continues to benefit financially from sound decisions made in the past. Mighty River Power’s Chief Executive Doug Heffernan was recognised as the Energy Executive of the Year for his remarkable achievements over the years; including adding huge value to the company he steered from conception.

Sir John Todd received the Energy News editor’s award for outstanding contribution to the sector. Sir John, former chairman of the Todd Corporation, is now chairman of the Todd Foundation and recognised as one of New Zealand’s top businessmen.

Energy News editor Gavin Evans said that, while Sir John had served on the board of Todd Petroleum Mining since 1959, the award recognised his leadership of the Todd Corporation since 1987, and the development of the group’s integrated energy strategy since then. Where once the company was solely an oil and gas producer, it now controls a fleet of hydro, geothermal and gas-fired generation and has an expanding retail presence on the North Island.

Shell Todd Oil Services received the Energy Project of the Year award for their Maui revitalisation project, which has materially increased reserves at the field, extending production by at least three years, with further extensions considered likely.

Orion was recognised with the Excellence in Health and Safety award for their emergency preparedness and ongoing support provided to staff and contractors, during the major earthquakes in the Christchurch region in 2011 which provided a unique safety challenge.

Chairman of the Judging Panel, Peter Griffiths, says that the calibre of this year’s 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,” he says. “It was a real challenge to select finalists and ultimately winners from the diversity and high quality of entries.”

The principal sponsor for the event is Deloitte.

Deloitte partner and energy sector leader Paul Callow congratulated all the winners in this year’s Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards.

“Deloitte is thrilled to again be associated with recognising the best and brightest in the energy sector, and the valuable contribution they make to New Zealand’s economy. The entries in this year’s awards were outstanding, and clearly showed that innovation and striving for excellence is well and truly alive in the sector.”

The MC for the evening was Sky Sports presenter Grant Nisbett, who entertained the crowd during the evening with stories of New Zealand’s sporting moments.

The event was attended at an executive level within the energy sector across the electricity, gas and petroleum disciplines.

The event is run annually by Freeman Media, publisher of online news and information service Energy News.

THE WINNERS:

Innovation in Electricity Award – sponsored by Gentrack

Mighty River Power – Glo-Bug

Energy Project of the Year – sponsored by ITL

Shell Todd Oil Services – Extending the life of an energy giant – Maui

Excellence in Health & Safety Award – sponsored by Siemens

Orion – Health and safety during emergency response

Environmental Excellence Award – sponsored by PEPANZ

Transpower Alliance – Environmental excellence down the wires

Young Energy Executive of the Year - sponsored by ABB

Tony Sumner – Meridian Energy

Energy Executive of the Year – sponsored by Transfield Worley

Doug Heffernan – Mighty River Power

Lines Company of the Year – sponsored by TE Connectivity

Top Energy

Energy Retailer of the Year – sponsored by Chapman Tripp

Powershop

Overall Energy Company of the Year – sponsored by Port Taranaki

Mighty River Power

Editor’s award for outstanding contribution to the sector – sponsored by EECA

Sir John Todd

ENDS

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