RWE Dea Norge AS, a subsidiary of the German oil and gas company RWE Dea AG, has won the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce annual Business Award 2012 for its focus on the development of new methods and exchange of knowledge between Norway and Germany.
“We are very honoured to receive this award which we view as a great vote of confidence”, says Hans-Joachim Polk, managing director of RWE Dea Norway. “RWE Dea has been present in Norway for almost 40 years and we are now facing a new exciting phase with the transition from a partner role and operator in the exploration phase to becoming an operator of fields in development and production. For the future we will continue to rely on new ideas and new employees so that we can further develop our knowledge-based, innovative company”, Polk continues.
The purpose of the German-Norwegian Business Award is to honour companies who have distinguished themselves by having innovative, forward thinking business ideas and who also contribute to even better cooperation between Norwegian and German businesses.
A total of 11 companies applied to the award which is being handed out for the third year running. An independent and well qualified jury picked three favourites and after an online voting contest from May 1 to 15, RWE Dea was selected as the winner with nearly half of the total number of votes cast.
The jury says “RWE Dea has been active in Norway for a long time and has focused on innovative and sustainable research methods within the fields of geochemistry and microbiology in the exploration of oil and gas. The participation in four of the 20 largest discoveries on the Norwegian Continental Shelf for the past five years is a clear result of this. The company also promotes the exchange of knowledge between Norway and Germany and is otherwise engaged in cultural exchange.”
The award, a purpose made sculpture by Berlin-based Norwegian artist Knut Henrik Henriksen, was handed out at the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce’s annual Summer Party on May 31.
RWE Dea Norge, June 1, 2012