In an effort to reward and acknowledge the upstream oil and gas pace setters, local and international nominees have been arrayed for the stunning award ceremony.


Upstream Awards 2019 invites all stakeholders and influencers of the upstream oil and gas industry which includes exploration and production firms, national oil companies, pipeline companies, suppliers, national and county government representatives, journalists, local community representatives, legislators and policy makers, engineers, consultants and advisors amongst students and apprentices in the sector.



BASF UPSTREAM Innovation Award – Sponsored by BASF East Africa

This award celebrates the achievements of companies or individuals across the upstream oil and gas industry that are using innovative and sustainable solutions to transform their businesses and drive innovation.

THE UPSTREAM Drilling Contractor Award

This award seeks to recognize individual drilling contractors and their outstanding achievements in technical innovation, safety and economic efficiency within the upstream oil and gas industry.

THE UPSTREAM Oilfield Services Award

The most successful, innovative OFS company in the region over the last 12 months, showcasing interesting solutions.

THE UPSTREAM CEO of the Year Award

This award provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate CEOs in the upstream oil and gas industry who have demonstrated leadership in their companies and thus has led to the growth of their companies.

THE UPSTREAM Woman of the Year Award

An outstanding female achiever who has a successful track record and has made a telling contribution to the oil and gas industry.

THE UPSTREAM Training & Knowledge Award

An initiative that has made a difference in the industry by training the next generation of professionals, or upskilling the existing workforce.

THE UPSTREAM Founder’s Award

This is an award that is presented by the founders of the Upstream Awards to an individual or organization that has had an impact to the industry and whose achievements, either specific or general, have advanced the industry.

THE UPSTREAM Lifetime Achievement Award

This individual has made a visible, positive impact on the regional industry, with over 25 years in the development and progress of the sector.

THE UPSTREAM CSR Initiative Award

A CSR programme that has provided demonstrable and lasting benefits to its targeted beneficiaries.


A specific initiative that has demonstrably helped to protect the environment, reduce accidents and problems in the workplace, and has generally improved safety.

THE UPSTREAM Logistics Service Award

A logistics company offering innovative solutions that create value to the upstream oil and gas industry.

THE UPSTREAM Operator of the Year Award

This award recognizes an operator that has demonstrated impressive performance, its commitment to employee and environmental safety, while providing economic benefits to the community.

THE UPSTREAM Local Content Award

This is an award that celebrates local companies that are supplying the upstream operators or international oilfield contractors with good and services. The award seeks to recognize the local firms that are building capacity and putting in place systems in accordance with international oil and gas standards.

THE UPSTREAM Journalist Award

This awards seeks to celebrate and recognise journalists or publishers of information who report on the upstream industry in an objective and unbiased manner, to promote responsible journalism.