Saudi Arabia’s Sipchem Innovation Club recognised as 2018 ‘CSR Initiative of the Year’

The winner of the 2018 ‘CSR Initiative of the Year’ Award is Sipchem Innovation Club by Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem), in Saudi Arabia.

Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun (left), secretary general of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), presents the 2018 ‘CSR Initiative of the Year’ Award, won by Sipchem Innovation Club, to Mufleh S Al-Shammari, manager, corporate communications and CSR, Sipchem.
Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun (left), secretary general of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), presents the 2018 ‘CSR Initiative of the Year’ Award, won by Sipchem Innovation Club, to Mufleh S Al-Shammari, manager, corporate communications and CSR, Sipchem.

This year, the judging panel for the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards received a competitive crop of candidates for each of the 10 award categories. Each candidate was scrutinised until the judging panel was able to decide on a shortlist (https://bit.ly/2KUqGOh), and ultimately one winner and one ‘highly commended’ were chosen.

This year, the ‘CSR Initiative of the Year’ Award was adjudged by the editors of Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East, as ‘Editor’s Choice’ from the nominations received.

More than 500 students, aged eight to 12, are taking advantage of Sipchem Innovation Club, 120 of whom are undergoing intensive one-month programmes to build their potential in areas related to artificial intelligence, programming, 3D printing, robotics and how to build initial designs as a nucleus for future projects.

Mufleh S Al-Shammari, manager, corporate communications and CSR, Sipchem, who received the ‘CSR Initiative of the Year’ Award on behalf of Sipchem, said: “We feel proud to be announced the winners in this year’s CSR initiative category.”

The ‘highly commended’ nomination in this category is the ‘Go Green’ initiative by Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait.

The jury panel this year, comprising five judges – Luciano Poli, president, India, Middle East and North Africa, Dow; Vivek Chandra, CEO and founder, Texas LNG; Nicholas Kjaer, general manager, Middle East, Churchill Drilling Tools; Ben Oudman, regional manager, DNV GL, oil and gas, Continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa; and Annabel Green, chief technology officer, Tendeka – considered the merit of each and every entry, and decided the winner and the ‘highly commended’.

The 10 award categories were:
1) CSR Initiative of the Year
2) Downstream Project of the Year
3) HSE Initiative of the Year
4) Logistics Service Provider of the Year
5) Oil & Gas Woman of the Year
6) Oilfield Services Company of the Year
7) Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year
8) Technical Innovation of the Year
9) Training Initiative/Programme of the Year
10) Young Oil & Gas Professional of the Year

The 9th Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards took place at the Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The sponsors of this year’s Awards were Petrofac (gold sponsor), Orpic (silver sponsor), Proserv, Restrata, and Al Suwaiket & Al Busaies Attorneys at Law.

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