ExxonMobil has gone far and wide to assemble a diverse team of judges for this year’s expended Power Play Awards, with industry players from Qatar and Nigeria joining others from the US, Singapore and beyond.


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The awards programme, how in its third year, aims to recognise the accomplishments of women in the liquefied natural gas value chain as well as the men who support them.

On the list of official judges for the latest installment are Ohoud al Baker of Qatar Petroleum, Martin Houston of US liquefaction player Tellurian, Mervin Azeta of Schlumberger in Nigeria and Tolu Longe from Nigeria LNG.

They are joined by Dena Wiggins of the Natural Gas Supply Association in the US, Frederic Barnaud of Singapore’s Pavilion, Yao Li of SIA Energy in China, Stuart Broadley of the UK’s Energy Industries Council and a host of others.

Also on the panel are the three 2020 winners, Jillian Evanko, Mervin Azeta and Tolulope Longe in what is a beefed-up judges panel this year.

Anyone can nominate a candidate for consideration, as long as their nominee works within the LNG value chain.

The four categories this year are: The Rising Star - Outstanding Young (women aged 35 or under); The Ambassador - Outstanding Leadership; The Pioneer - Outstanding Business, Innovation and/or Technology Contribution; and The Conqueror - Outstanding Resilience.

Nominations must be in by midday on 11 June, after which the judges will name finalists for each category.

Then, the LNG community will be asked to vote for their favourite candidates and the judges’ scores will be combined with community votes to determine the victors.

The winners from each of the four categories to be announced and presented at the Gastech conference and exhibition in Singapore in September.