The Oscars, Emmys and Tonys might be recognised globally — certainly among the entertainment industry — but winners of oil and gas industry awards are justifiably just as proud of the recognition of their peers, albeit it typically on a smaller stage.

Maersk Drilling last week was celebrating after UK supermajor Shell named its drillship Maersk Viking as “2021 Global Rig of the Year” in the floater category.

Last April, the drillship began a two-year exploration programme with Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) and Shell applauded its “all-round excellent performance in every area including safety, operational efficiency and the safe and successful start-up of the campaign”.

Maersk Drilling’s relationship with BSP dates back to 2007 and has resulted in multiple Rig of the Year awards, including three consecutive wins in the jack-up category for the Maersk Convincer from 2018 to 2020.

Meanwhile, Italian energy major Eni last week was named the upstream industry’s “most admired explorer” in consultant Wood Mackenzie’s annual Exploration Survey, and Eni also scooped WoodMac’s discovery of the year for its find at Baleine offshore Cote d’Ivoire.

This is the fourth time in seven years that Rome-headquartered Eni has secured the former award.

WoodMac also named US operator Hess as the E&P explorer of the year “recognising its participation in the enormous run of giant successes in Guyana every year since 2015, that have transformed the company”.

QatarEnergy was named national oil company explorer of the year for pursuing a highly successful international exploration strategy of partnering with the majors in some of the world’s most prospective basins.

“Since 2019, these high-impact, deep-water wildcats have proved successful in Cyprus, South Africa, Guyana and Namibia,” the Edinburgh-headquartered consultancy said.

Earlier in June, Thailand’s national upstream company PTTEP found itself in the spotlight, being hailed as Asia Pacific national oil company of the year at the Asia Pacific Energy Capital Assembly in Singapore.

PTTEP noted the award represents “a regional benchmark of excellence for individuals and companies, working in the energy industry at the forefront of its operating performance, value creation, exceptional financial and first-class deals”.

Upstream congratulates all the winners!