14 Apr 2006 11:27

Names of Energy Horizons 2025 Journalism Competition Announced

The jury and organizers of the Energy Horizons 2025 journalism competition – Interfax‘s Petroleum News Agency (Interfax-PNA), which is part of the Interfax International Information Group and the Shell concern – have determined and announced the names of the competition winners and laureates.

The competition winners are Andrei Meshcherin, Editor-in-Chief of "Neftegazovaya Vertikal‘ magazine" and Maria Kutuzova, a reporter with "Neft Rossiyi".
The jury decided that the best articles were Meshcherin‘s "Energy Strategies: Blurred Reference Points," published in Neftegazovaya Vertikal‘ (No.18, 2005), and two pieces by Kutuzova "Oil Oracles" and "On the Way to Gosneft," published last year in Neft Rossiyi.
Both writers were awarded the competition‘s grand Prize – trips to the U.K. to attend the Great Britain Grand Prix Formula 1 Race in June 2006.
Shell, one of the competition organizers and the longtime partner of the Ferrari team, one the most decorated and world famous Formula 1 teams, provided the prizes.
The competition laureates were Olga Vinogradova ("Neftegazovaya Vertikal‘ magazine") and Olga Kondratyeva (Russian Federation Finance Ministry press service). They were awarded laureate diplomas and honorable mention prizes.
"The competition showed that journalists working in the oil and gas sector not only raise pressing and important issues, but are able to address them in their own way. Together with politicians, scientists, company managers they attempt to formulate how Russia should address the energy challenges of the 21st century and forecast the problems that lie ahead. Their ways of addressing these issues transcend business sectors and even countries, as they are directly connected to the world economy‘s prospects for development," said Vladimir Gerasimov, President of the Financial and Business News Service arm of Interfax Information Services Group.
Konstantin Panin, Shell‘s Vice President of Communications with government organizations and the business community, noted that the competition themes were particularly appropriate to Shell since long-term projects are a key aspect of Shell‘s development strategy.
"I was pleased to award not only the high journalistic quality of the competition entries, but was also pleased to see that the writers expressed their often surprising and informed opinions on strategic development issues in the sector. The competition has become a good platform for the continuation of the discussion prompted by the global scenarios to 2025 developed by Shell and also published in Russia," Panin said.
The Energy Horizons 2025 Journalism Competition took place from October 2005 to March 2006. There were 30 entries from various professional journalists specializing in coverage of energy issues. All of the entries were previously published in major (Moscow) or regional print publications.
The winners and laureates were awarded their diplomas and prizes on April 14, 2006 at a gala awards ceremony at the central office of Interfax Information Services Group.

*** The Energy Horizons – 2025 Journalism Competition for the best analytical article giving a forecast of the development and current problems of the Russian fuel-energy industry is organized by Shell in Russia, together with Interfax-PNA agency, (which is part of the Interfax Information Services Group).
The main aim of the competition is to draw the attention of the journalistic community to the prospects for the future development of the fuel-energy industry in the next 20 years and to the theme of preparations of the Russian fuel-energy industry to global energy challenges.

*** Shell (www.shell.com) is the largest international energy and oil company, with a high international reputation and recognized experience of work in the investment sphere. Today, Shell is recognized as one of the largest direct foreign investors in the Russian economy.
Today, Shell company works in a variety of sectors of the business; exploration, extraction, transportation of oil and gas, marketing of oil products and petro-chemicals, vehicle and industrial lubricants, development of retail filling station chains, and also technological and consulting services for Russian plants.
Shell is also a consistent partner of the Ferrari team, one of the most successful title-winning teams in the history of Formula 1 motor racing. Shell ensures that Ferrari has first class technical support, supplying new types of fuel and oil, and takes part in the creation of new engines for the team’s racing cars and assists in solving technical problems. Together with Shell, Ferrari has won over 100 Formula 1 races.

*** Petroleum News Agency (Interfax-PNA, www.interfax-energy.ru) was set up in 1994 and is the largest service for current information about the oil and gas industry in the nations of the former USSR.
The information agency is used by managers of the highest level in oil and gas companies, federal and local bureaucrats, investment analysts and journalists from leading Russian and foreign publications in their daily work.
In the agency’s Moscow Bureau, tens of reports are compiled every day from regional correspondents in Russia’s oil regions, from the countries of Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Belorussia and Eastern Europe. Alongside current news, received directly from market players and regional structures, the agency provides subscribers with a wide spectrum of important statistical and price information.