‘Standards were high’… judges announce shortlist for Gas Industry Awards 2016

12th Apr 2016


Having deliberated over nearly 100 entries the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) and the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) have today announced the finalists, for the prestigious 2016 Gas Industry Awards.

The judging panel, made up of leading figures from across the transmission, distribution and downstream gas sectors, had the difficult task of choosing the shortlist from a stack of extremely competitive entries.

One thing that made this job slightly easier was the fact the Innovation category has been split this year into Innovation Project and Innovation Product to reflect the overwhelming amount of invention and revolutionary thinking taking place within the industry. 

The winners of the 10 categories will be named at a spectacular award ceremony at London’s Park Lane Hilton, on May 17, which will see around 600 gas industry professionals come together to celebrate the achievements of the industry. Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, will give the keynote address.

Chris Clarke, IGEM President and Chair of Judges, said: “While it’s a privilege to be able to judge so many incredible projects and people for these awards, there’s no denying that this was not an easy task. As always, the standard of entries was a huge credit to the innovation, dedication and creativity of the industry I’m so proud to be a part of. I want to wish the best of luck to all the nominees who, in my mind, are all winners.”

Ian Hughes, President of EUA, said: “After much deliberation, we’re satisfied this shortlist represents some of the best our industry has to offer; the most devoted people, the most pioneering projects and the most effective teams. I’m very much looking forward to the awards luncheon, which is the highlight of the gas industry calendar for my colleagues and I, and we hope to see you all there.”

The finalists are:

Manager of the Year

  • Keith Budinger, Halite Energy Group
  • Ian Foster, Fulcrum
  • Richard Harper, British Gas
  • Steve Mills, SGN Ltd

Engineer of the Year

  • Simon Langdale, Synthotech Limited
  • Jamie McAinsh, SGN Ltd
  • Stevie McGill, Fulcrum 

Safety Award

  • Richard Harper, British Gas
  • SGN Ltd
  • Wales & West Utilities Ltd

Innovation Product Award

  • SGN Ltd
  • Synthotech Ltd - TORS
  • Synthotech Ltd - Water Extraction for Mains

Innovation Project Award

  • National Grid Gas & CNG Services
  • SGN Ltd in partnership with ULC Robotics Inc
  • SGN 'Opening up the Gas Market' Project

Company of the Year Award

  • Fulcrum
  • SGN Ltd
  • Wales & West Utilities Ltd

Customer Service Award

  • SGN Ltd
  • Wales & West Utilities Ltd
  • Western Gas Alliance (Whiteladies Road)

Leadership Award

  • Chris Bielby, SGN Ltd
  • Steven Edwards, Wales & West Utilities Ltd
  • Ian Foster, Fulcrum

Young Persons' Achievement

  • Craig Baugh, Fulcrum
  • Ben Cross, SGN Ltd
  • Simon Langdale, Synthotech Ltd

Energy Efficiency Award

  • Martin Shannon, Capita
  • Morrison Utility Services
  • SGN Ltd

To book places at the luncheon visit www.eua.org.uk/euaigem-gas-industry-awards-lunch