DOHA: H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Chairman of Administrative Control and Transparency Authority and former Energy Minister, is being recognised for his “outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry” with the highest honour of the World Petroleum Council (WPC), the Dewhurst Award, said a press statement issued by WPC yesterday.
This distinguished lifetime achievement award celebrates his exceptional role as the architect of Qatar’s energy transformation.
Dr Renato Bertani, President of the WPC, said: “Al Attiyah is an inspirational leader for our industry and has left an enormous legacy for his country and the sector as a whole. It was a pleasure to meet him and his team during the preparation of the 20th WPC in 2011 in Doha, and on behalf of our board and the 70 member countries of the World Petroleum Council, I am delighted to congratulate him on this recognition.”
Al Attiyah will be presented with WPC’s Dewhurst Award during the 21st World Petroleum Congress in Moscow in June.
The award is named after Thomas Dewhurst, who organised the first World Petroleum Congress in 1933. Celebrating scientific and technological excellence in the petroleum industry, the Award is a tribute to him and to the person asked to deliver the Dewhurst Lecture.
Having led Qatar’s rise to one of the key players in the global gas sector and the world’s largest exporter of LNG, Al Attiyah, joins a prestigious group of past recipients who have been respected leaders in the industry and demonstrated unusually high achievements over many years. Like his predecessors such as the previous recipients, Guillerme Estrella from Brazil and Ali Al Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Al Attiyah will be giving the Dewhurst Lecture on June 19.