Nominations for the 2020 edition of the Ghana Energy Awards (GEA) have opened under the theme: ‘Excelling in crisis: the energy sector in a COVID-19 era.’
The nominations remain open until September 30, 2020. In all there are 18 categories, both competitive and non-competitive, including the topmost Energy Personality of the Year award; Institution of the Year; Energy Company of the Year; Brand of the Year; Reporter of the Year, and a host of other carefully selected categories.
At a media launch in Accra, Dr. Kwame Ampofo – Chairman of the awarding panel, noted that the Coronavirus pandemic has occasioned an unusual environment with its related effects on the country’s economic and social health of.
So far, the pandemic has led to company shutdowns and job losses as well as suspensions of critical upstream projects valued at over US$300million, since the energy sector has been least-spared from the COVID impact.
“Despite the challenges, the Ghana Energy Awards has considered the opportunity to hold a very special energy awards event, while observing all the COVID-19 protocols, to highlight the resilience and ingenuity of Ghana’s corporate world – especially in the energy sector,” he said.
According to the organisers, strict measures are being put in place to ensure adherence to all the prescribed protocols in order to guarantee the safety and well-being of industry players.
Ing. Henry Teinor, Director of the Awards, stressed that a key feature of the 2020 event is the nature of organisational responses to the pandemic.
“For the current crisis in which we find ourselves, this year’s event is paying particular attention to the critical interventions being undertaken by various organisations in the sector to support the ongoing fight against COVID-19; in terms of safety, security and relief for company staff, and more essentially for the communities in which they operate,” he said.
Mr. Teinor further added that before the nomination period ends, the organising team and awarding panel will pay inspection visits to nominees’ project sites to acquaint themselves with innovative solutions cited by the nominees. This activity is to inform the panel on the nature of these projects and the magnitude of their impact.
Ghana Energy Awards is an industry-led initiative with an endorsement from the Ministry of Energy and World Energy Council Ghana, which recognises the efforts, innovation and excellence of individuals and organisations within the energy sector. This year’s event will mark the fourth edition of the awards.
Prospective applicants can visit the awards website www.ghanaenergyawards.com for information on categories and the nomination process.