UAE Minister of Energy & Industry H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei Wins “Int'l Oil Diplomacy Person of the Year 2018”
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UAE Minister of Energy & Industry H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei Wins “Int'l Oil Diplomacy Person of the Year 2018”

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei was presented with the ‘International Oil Diplomacy Person of the Year 2018’ Award at the Energy Institute’s International Petroleum (IP) Week in London on Feb. 28th.

Image Attribute: The file photo of H.E Suhail Al Mazrouei at ADIPEC 2016 during an interview conducted by ADIPEC TV Presenter Eithne Treanor / Source: Screengrab taken from a video published at ADIPEC Official YouTube Channel

Image Attribute: The file photo of H.E Suhail Al Mazrouei at ADIPEC 2016 during an interview conducted by ADIPEC TV Presenter Eithne Treanor / Source: Screengrab taken from a video published at ADIPEC Official YouTube Channel

London, February 28, 2019 — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of Energy & Industry, H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, was presented with the ‘International Oil Diplomacy Person of the Year 2018’ Award in London today at the Energy Institute’s International Petroleum (IP) Week. This prestigious accolade was awarded last year to H.E. Khali Al-Falih, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry, and Minerals.

The Energy Institute is the largest Royal Charter international professional membership organization and learned society concerned solely with energy, with Her Majesty the Queen as its Patron. IP Week is recognized as one of the major international oil and gas events, where senior leaders, policymakers and academics gather to share, learn and shape the future direction of the industry. IP Week has an international appeal, attracting delegates from over 50 countries and it is one of the major events in the global oil and gas industry’s calendar. 

“As President of the OPEC Conference, you have shown exemplary vision and leadership through 2018 with your stewardship of the continued implementation of the "historical" agreement to seek oil market stability among some 25 OPEC and non-OPEC countries to the benefit of producing and consuming nations alike,” said Louise Kingham OBE FEI, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Institute.

As Minister of Energy and Industry for the UAE His Excellency has taken a global leadership position among hydrocarbon-rich nations in steering the Middle East away from fuel subsidies, and tackling unsustainable consumption patterns to ensure the UAE and others are aligned with the international community’s efforts in overcoming the challenges of climate change in support of the Paris Agreement, the Energy Institute stated in its Letter of Award.

His Excellency, who has been the UAE Minister of Energy & Industry since 2013, said he was “humbled and honored” to receive the accolade. Under the auspices of the Energy Institute’s International Petroleum Week HE Suhail al-Mazrouei was nominated by Gulf Intelligence, the EI’s Middle East knowledge partner, and supported by the Energy Institute Council, as this year’s Winner of The International Oil Diplomacy Person of the Year Award 2018.

“The efforts by the UAE Minister of Energy in his role as OPEC President contributed significantly to oil prices recovering through the year to average above $70 a barrel in 2018, after hovering around $55 in 2017,” said Sean Evers, Managing Partner, Gulf Intelligence. “His diplomatic skills were critical in a year when the fabric of the OPEC+ 25 countries could have frayed and fallen apart,” he said.

In December 2018, OPEC and non-OPEC producers agreed to reduce oil output jointly by 1.2 million barrels a day through to June 2019. This followed two years of cuts of 1.8 million b/d, which witnessed average compliance rates of 100% across the group in a historical demonstration of cooperation among producers to tackle a global glut in oil inventories and collapsing prices.