The Power Operation Department recently hosted a group of students and faculty members from Hafar AlBatin KFUPM College of Engineering/Electrical Engineering department under Saudi Aramco’s continuous collaboration efforts between the academic community and the industry sector.
The purpose of the visit was to give students a first-hand look at the business environment they are expected to join after graduation.
The students represented all levels in the electrical engineering program with interest in power systems and renewable energy.
The visit began with an open discussion where Saudi Aramco’s business was explained to the attendees, especially the efforts undertaken by the company in shaping the power generation industry.
This is in light of improving energy efficiency and reducing the dependency on conventional fuel and moving aggressively into alternative sources to generate power, such as solar and wind.
The group then visited two of the main substations in the Dhahran area as well as the al-Midra solar installation, where they were exposed to the latest available technologies in solar systems and power system equipment and automation.
The visit was concluded by a tour of Dhahran Mechanical Shops to expose the visitors to ongoing repair activities for rotating equipment, including motors, pumps and compressors.
The visit proved to be a success with positive feedback from the group, who praised the collaboration between Saudi Aramco and the academic community.
More visits will be arranged for the university students to enhance students’ field interaction, in coordination with the Career and Development Organization.