Tillerson to receive top award at energy summit in Istanbul

By Asbarez | Thursday, 22 June 2017

Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State (Photo: AP Photo)

Rex Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State (Photo: AP Photo)

ISTANBUL (Hurriyet Daily News)—Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be honored in Turkey with the highest recognition of the World Petroleum Council, the Dewhurst Award, for his “outstanding contribution to the oil and gas industry,” the WPC announced in a statement Wednesday.

Tillerson will receive the “distinguished lifetime achievement award” on July 9 at the opening ceremony of the 22nd World Petroleum Congress at the Istanbul Convention Center, the statement said.

Tillerson, the former chairman and former chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil., is the 10th recipient of the Dewhurst Award in the history of the WPC, it added.

The largest meeting of the oil and gas industry will start on July 9 with a high-level official opening ceremony at the ICC, where ministers and top Turkish officials will welcome more than 5,000 participants to the congress.

High-level executives from leading energy companies such as Shell, BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total, Saudi Aramco and Azerbaijan’s SOCAR as well as up to 50 energy ministers will be attending the congress with the theme “Bridges to our Energy Future.”