The energy community in Romania celebrated the results of the industry at the 7th edition of the Energynomics Awards! Once again, the communication platform Energynomics organized the Gala&Dinner for awarding the most deserving companies, projects and personalities of the year in energy. Varinia Radu, founder and executive director of the publisher Wing Media Energy Consulting, opened the gala evening, held at the National Military Circle in Bucharest.
Five special guests then had brief interventions in which they summarized the year 2019, while also anticipating the trends of 2020: Virgil Popescu, Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment, Zoltan Nagy-Bege, vice-president of ANRE, Sorin Gal, General Director, General Directon for Management, Evaluation and Concessioning Petroleum Resources / Reserves, ANRM, Cristian Bădescu, special representative for energy security, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Răzvan Orășanu, personal advisor to the President of the Competition Council, Bogdan Chirițoiu.
The focal point of the evening was the announcement of the winners and handing the awards for the 10 categories of the Energynomics awards. This year, the jury was composed of: Alexandru Pătruți, CNR-CME advisor, Elena Popescu, general director in the Ministry of Energy, Ionuț Purica, Romanian Academy, Florin Rădoi, General Director of the General Directorate licenses, tariffs, investment monitoring, ANRE, Sorin Elisei, Deloitte Romania, Bogdan Văduva, KPMG Romania partner, Andreea Mitiriță, PwC Romania partner, Vasile Iuga, independent expert, Lăcrămioara Diaconu, independent expert.
Best Corporate Citizen – MOL România
The Social Responsibility Award was won by MOL Romania, for the initiative to build a heliport on the roof of the Emergency Clinical Hospital for Children “M. S. Curie ”, in a partnership with the Children’s Heart Association. CEZ Romania – Apprentice Electrician, CEZ Romania – CODE Kids, CEZ Romania – Oltenia Marathon, Energy Policy Group – Efficient Romania, Siemens Romania – Lia Benschi, Vestra Industry – The Jar of Fiction were also nominated in this category.
Energy efficiency – Energy Policy Group for the “Efficient Romania” program
The Energy Policy Group – EPG have launched this year the “Efficient Romania” program, with the support of OMV Petrom, the largest player on the Romanian energy market. OMV Petrom will contribute 4 million euros to this program, for the period 2019-2022, to promote energy efficiency at national level, through public information campaigns, education programs and financing of projects to increase the energy efficiency of public buildings. The other nominations came from Alro, Servelect and Termoline.
Financing of the year – Transelectrica
The award for the Financing of the year was won by Transelectrica for the European funding of 33.43 million euros, for the construction of the 400 kV Gutinaș – Smârdan Air Electric Line, obtained through the Large Infrastructure Operational Program (POIM) 2014-2020. In this category, Denisson Energy & Romanian Energy Efficiency Fund – FREE, Uztel and First Bank were also nominated.
Executive of the Year – Adrian Volintiru – CEO of Romgaz
The Executive of the Year Award was won by Adrian Volintiru – CEO of Romgaz, for how he managed actions aimed at developing projects of common interest at international level, among which the Memorandum signed with SOCAR and the involvement in the LNG project in Alexandropoulos. In this category Cosmin Ghiță – Nuclearelectrica, Petre Stroe – MET Romania Energy, Sabin Posea – Eximprod, Victor Ionescu – OPCOM were also nominated.
Best new-comer / Best turn-around – RWEA
The award for the Best New-Comer of the year went to the Romanian wind industry association – RWEA, with the training and professional conversion program for the people in the mining dependent areas. In the next 10 years, RWEA aims to convert about 5,000 wind energy specialists and 3,000 people in electricity distribution. Among the projects nominated for one of the most contested categories this year were the Romanian Commodities Exchange, Eximprod, Hidroelectrica, OMV Petrom, Phoenix Contact, Romgaz, Termoline.
Distinguished Public Service Award “Mihnea Constantinescu” – HE Luminița Odobescu
For the first time, Energynomics awarded in 2019 the “Mihnea Constantinescu” Award for excellence in public service, established a year ago. The jury awarded HE Ambassador Luminița Odobescu, Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union, for coordinating the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January – June 2019). The Romanian Presidency has taken an important step in adopting a revised form of the Gas Directive, which is highly important for strengthening the energy security of the European Union, by introducing guarantees that the rules of the Energy Union will apply in the case of gas pipes to and from third countries.
The Energynomics statuette was presented by Sandu Constantinescu, the brother of the late Amb. Mihnea Constantinescu, to Mrs. Mihaela Stefan, Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She read a message from ES Luminița Odobescu.
Deal of the year – Ingka Group, for taking over the wind farms from Vestas
Ingka Group won the Transaction of the Year award, for the acquisition of 80% of Vestas Wind System’s participation in its Romanian subsidiaries, which own the wind farms Pantelimon, Pegasus and Apollo. AIK Energy and CEE Equity Partners were also among the nominated.
Outstanding Development – Black Sea Oil&Gas
For the final investment decision taken in respect with the Midia Gas Development Project, at the Black Sea, despite the difficult conditions in the market and after more than a decade’s efforts, the company Black Sea Oil & Gas was rewarded with the Award for Outstanding Results. Other nominations came from the Romanian Commodities Exchange, the Decatlon Solar Association Bucharest – EnergiaTa, Eximprod, OMV Petrom, Transgaz.
Lifetime Achievement Award – Domente Vasile and Gheorghe Manole, Eximprod group
The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Mr. Domente Vasile and Gheorghe Manole, the founders of the Eximprod group, the only Romanian manufacturer for several categories of products and equipment, a company recognized for its innovative spirit in the power sector – an organization that has celebrated 25 years of activity this year.
Young Energy Professional – Cosmin Ghiță, Distribuție Oltenia, CEZ România group
Director of the Directorate of Digitization and Innovation, within Distribuție Oltenia, Cosmin Ghiță coordinated the implementation of the SMART Transformation project, initiated in 2016, through which the operator set out to become a digitized company, with a solid strategy of automation and smart technologies. Among the nominations in this category were also Andreea Ioana Ilie (SIER), Ionuț Predoiu (CE Oltenia) and Valentin Gârleanu (3NanoSAE Research Center, University of Bucharest).
Since 2013, the Energynomics Awards enjoy the support and trust of the most reputed institutions and associations of local energy. The Energynomics Awards project is proposed and organized by Wing Media Energy Consulting, through energynomics.ro and its partners: Electrica SA, Enevo Group, EximBank, Eximprod, Hidroelectrica, MET România Energy, Nuclearelectrica, OMV Petrom, ROPEPCA, Ridgid-Emerson, Romgaz, Stratum Enclosures, Transelectrica, Transgaz, Valvis Holding.
Strategic partners for Energynomics Awards 2019: ACUE, ARBIO, AFEER, AIIR, ARPEE, CNR-CME, EFdeN, EPG, FPPG, PATRES, ROEC, ROPEPCA, RPIA, RWEA, RBSTA.
Monitoring partner: Klarmedia.
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