HEATHER SAUCIER; DHAHRAN, 8/15/2013 — Sa’id Al-Hajri, Saudi Aramco’s acting manager of the Exploration Technical Services Department, is now preparing for a new and exciting role as president of the Middle East Region of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).
Because the Middle East is the world’s petroleum hub, Al-Hajri said one of his goals as president is to bring as much knowledge to the area as possible to enable Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to advance their exploration efforts. “It’s a great satisfaction to be able to help create the necessary networks in the Middle East, bring in expertise from around the world, host our own workshops, and discuss issues specific to the Middle East right here in the Middle East,” he said.
In Al-Hajri’s view, the Middle East should be a “center of excellence in petroleum geology” that attracts geoscientists from around the world. “We have the world’s largest oil and gas fields, from which we have learned important lessons that we can share with the rest of the world,” he said. He stressed that as technology and knowledge continue to advance, sharing information and new discoveries through organizations such as the AAPG will add to the success of the entire energy industry.
“The AAPG is undoubtedly the best organization that can help the region in bringing in geologic knowledge and creating the professional networks needed in the Middle East,” he said.
Noting that many areas of the Middle East are underexplored, Al-Hajri said the convening of exploration geologists in the Middle East through AAPG will help create a conducive and innovative environment that will lead to further discoveries in uncharted areas.
Al-Hajri has much to bring to the table, having worked at Saudi Aramco as the chief explorationist of the Eastern Area Exploration Division; administrator of the Exploration Data Management Division; chief geologist for the Regional Mapping Division; manager of Upstream Ventures Department and many other positions.