Powerco makes Energy Award finals

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Powerco has featured prominently in the list of finalists for this year's Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards.

In what has been a record year for entries, all three of Powerco’s entries are finalists in their respective categories.

The company’s public safety campaign is in the running for the Health and Safety Initiative of the Year award, while Nicolas Vessiot – Powerco’s gas asset strategy manager – is a finalist in the new Energy Engineer of the Year category.

Sparky, Powerco’s electricity safety mascot, who has visited thousands of primary school children in Taranaki, Tauranga and has just started visiting schools in the Manawatu, received a placing in the Community Initiative of the Year category.

Powerco Chief Executive Nigel Barbour was thrilled at the company being named as finalists for all three award categories the company entered.

“It’s recognition of the hard-working, talented and innovative people we have here at Powerco. It’s a great achievement,” he said.

The company’s public safety education programme is designed to get people thinking about electrical safety, with its primary objective to prevent injuries or fatalities caused by contact with Powerco’s network.

Wellington-based Nicolas Vessiot’s entry highlighted the quality of his work and ability in his role in charge of the long-term management of Powerco’s gas assets.

“Nicolas is strategic and forward-looking. Within the organisation, he is on the lookout for new technologies, tools and best practices that will guide the business’ progress,” Mr Barbour said.

“His leadership has been recognised outside the organisation in the wider gas industry, where he chairs a technical committee for the Gas Association of New Zealand. He also represents New Zealand in the joint Australia-New Zealand Gas Distribution Standards Committee. His work has been presented to local and international conferences, an impressive accomplishment considering he is just 31 years old.”

Other finalists in the categories involving Powerco are:

Health and Safety Initiative of the Year

•     Contact Energy – Start Small, Think Big
•     Powerco – Public Safety Campaign
•     StayLive – A collaborative, industry-wide approach

Energy Engineer of the Year

• Contact Energy – Brendan Bleasdale
• Powerco – Nicolas Vessiot
• Transpower – Marshall Clark
• University of Auckland – Rosalind Archer

Community Initiative of the Year

• King Country Energy – Tree of Light: Em-POWER-ing a rural community in need
• Powerco – School Safety Programme
• PowerNet – Saving Lives Together – A community partnership with St John
• Shell New Zealand – Helping Kokako sing again in Taranaki!

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