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THE former chief executive and group president of Sembcorp Industries, Tang Kin Fei, has been awarded the Singapore Energy Award for his overall contribution to the energy sector.
The award, conferred by Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, as well as Ministry of Trade and Industry on Monday, is a biennial award that recognises individuals and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to Singapore's energy sector.
Mr Tang demonstrated vision and exemplary leadership in his career of over 30 years with Sembcorp, building up its utilities business and transforming the firm into a global player in the energy and water arena, said the Energy Market Authority (EMA) in a press release.
Ng Wun Jern, a professor at the Nanyang Technological University's School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and former executive director at the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), also received the award under the innovation category.
He founded the NEWRI in 2007, and pioneered research efforts across the waste-to-energy and energy recovery value chains. He also played a key role in driving collaborations between the government and industry on various innovative projects, including a tie-up between NTU and the National Environment Agency on the Tuas incineration facility - the first of its kind to turn waste heat into synthetic gas for reuse.
The nominations for the award are put through a four-stage assessment process, and are selected by a 11-member judging panel chaired by Ng How Yue, permanent secretary for the Ministry of Law.