The recipients of the SANEA ENERGY AWARDS 2011 were announced at a prestigious awards ceremony and gala dinner hosted by Brian A Statham, Chairman of the South African National Energy Association (SANEA). This gala event reflected the significance of the both the awards and the recipients. In his keynote address, Statham paid tribute to the many men and women who are striving on a daily basis to ensure that South Africa enjoys a stable and secure energy future. "SANEA's Vision of 'Energy People Working Together' is alive as we come together to congratulate these winners."
"It is important for all of us to actively participate and join forces to find the simple solutions which will change the lives of millions of people for the better. We need to recognise and celebrate those who are shaping the energy landscape. Some achievements come from large corporations while others come from individuals working at a local level. All are important and we acknowledge and salute their efforts in the belief that their achievements will inspire others" said Statham.
The premier SANEA Energy Award 2011 went to Dr Duncan Clarke, Chairman and CEO of Global Pacific & Partners for his role and contribution over a period of 30 years as advisor to numerous companies and governments on six continents in global oil and gas upstream matters. His work has shaped ideas, strategy and deal-flow within Africa's petroleum business over many years, and his role and contribution to Africa's oil-gas and energy industry is recognised.
The SANEA Energy Project Award 2011 went to the Dr Tony Surridge, Project Leader for The Atlas for Geological Storage of Carbon Dioxide in South Africa. The Atlas, launched by the Minister of Energy was the culmination of two years of work initiated by SANERI and undertaken by the Council for Geosciences with the assistance of the Petroleum Agency of South Africa and financially supported by PetroSA, Anglocoal, Eskom, Sasol and SANERI.
The SANEA Energy Education Award 2011 was awarded to Dr Andrew Marquard of The Energy Research Centre of the University of Cape Town supported by the Living Planet Unit of WWF South Africa. The production and free dissemination of the SNAPP Tool, which enables relatively lay people to model options for electricity supply systems for South Africa, is an example of academic innovation to build capacity for participatory development planning and governance in the energy services field.
The media can be very influential and this year the SANEA Energy Journalism Award 2011 was awarded to Mike Rycroft, Editor of Energize. Mike, a retired professional electrical engineer joined EE Publishers in 2008 as the Editor of Energize journal, a highly respected technical journal that focuses on the "heavy current" sector of the electrical spectrum.