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Global Methane Initiative for Oil and Gas: Finding a Sustainable Path for the Future

11 May 2015 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

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International experts gathered in al-Khobar to discuss the challenges of balancing the ever-growing worldwide need for energy with the responsibility of doing so in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Held under the patronage of HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Al Sa‘ud, Deputy Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, the Global Methane Initiative for the Oil and Gas Sector Workshop and Exhibition took place over four days.

“The Kingdom is fully aware that sustainable economic development will not be achieved without taking the issue of climate change into account,’’ Prince Abdulaziz said in making his welcoming remarks to attendees.

He reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to devoting its full attention to making specific contributions on issues pertaining to climate change, such as methane initiatives and carbon management, to be submitted before the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris at the end of the year.

Saudi Aramco adopted its first environmental protection policy framework in 1963 — a decade before the United Nations’ landmark Conference on the Human Environment, and has an all-encompassing approach to environmental stewardship.

Saudi Aramco’s efforts include ensuring the proper design of facilities, innovative technological tools, conservation and waste management efforts, and comprehensive energy efficiency programs.

Specific to the issue of tackling greenhouse gas emissions and particularly methane emissions, the company undertakes these four initiatives:

  • Methane recovery and utilization, most notably the development of the Master Gas System 40 years ago, which captures gas produced in association with crude oil, processes it and provides it to a wide array of industries and utilities that would otherwise be consuming petroleum products. As a result, Saudi Aramco reduced its flaring to practically zero by the early 1980s.
  • A Corporate Flaring Minimization Roadmap that establishes guidelines to further reduce and minimize flaring, and calls for the installation of flare gas recovery systems.
  • Utilization of zero-discharge technology in the company’s drilling and workover operations captures all hydrocarbons intermittently produced during drilling operations.
  • Minimizing and, ideally, eliminating fugitive methane emissions from pumps, valves, tanks, pipelines and other equipment in the company’s processing facilities.

Saudi Aramco Firefighter Scales New Heights For Charity

7 May 2015 | comments (2) | Saudi Aramco News | by

Saudi Aramco Firefighter Scales New Heights For Charity

A young Saudi Aramco firefighter has helped raise in excess of $2 million for a leukemia charity by stair climbing 69 stories of a U.S. high-rise building while carrying a full kit of life-saving equipment.

Amer Waleed Garatli, a 25-year-old associate degree student of Fire Protection Technology AAS at Portland Community College, has been praised for showing exemplary dedication and personal initiative.

The grueling stair climb, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, requires firefighters to race up 69 flights of stairs in Seattle’s Columbia Center in full safety gear — a total of 138 flights of stairs.

Garatli managed to sign up for the charity event after being put on a waiting list due to the level of uptake.

“Basically, the event is stair climbing 69 stories with full firefighting gear and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus,” he said. “Time was really tight for me to start arranging stuff, most important of which was shipping my gear over. My family supported me all the way and ensured that I received all of the stuff that I needed and I am grateful for their efforts to make this happen.

“Since the event’s main purpose is to help raise funds for leukemia patients, I had the idea of making a custom T-shirt to support this society. I then thought of representing my company and my country as a whole, being the only Saudi participant among the 1,711 firefighters from across the world,” Garatli added.

“That was the reason for me putting the logos on the T-shirt. I trained so hard for it with the help of my personal trainer at the gym, but obviously the competition level was higher than we had expected,” he said.

Garatli has resolved to participate in the event again next year, noting, “This experience has been nothing but an enriching experience and I have gained a lot of awesome friends.

“I can’t seem to find the right words to express my passion toward the fire service. My motivation and continuous encouragement from my superiors have driven me to achieve great things, most important of which is the two-year scholarship program I’m currently doing in the United States,” added Garatli.

Thousands of miles away in Dhahran, Garatli’s efforts have drawn praise from the young firefighter’s management.

Ali A. Mokhtar, manager of Fire Protection at the FrPD, said that Garatli demonstrated his passion for his job, his company, and his nation.

“Amer is one of our young firemen who show high interest and passion in his profession as a firefighter,” Mokhtar said.

“Since he joined the department, he has demonstrated excellent skill in learning and leadership. Immediately after his graduation from FrPD line specific training, Amer was nominated to be an assistant instructor at our Advanced Fire Training Center (AFTC) in Ju’aymah.

“He turned out to be one of our best instructors at AFTC, and based on his excellent performance as an instructor, he was nominated for Associate Degree Program in Fire Protection in the U.S. I’m not really surprised to see him participate in such an event because he always looks for challenges and loves to challenge himself,” Mokhtar said.

Beijing Research Center: Driving Innovation with China

6 May 2015 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

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The company has taken another stride toward becoming a global leader in technology, and research and development with the opening of the Beijing Research Center (BRC) in Beijing, China last week.

HE Ali I. Al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, officially opened the state-of-the-art 4,400 sq. meter center, making it the latest addition to Saudi Aramco’s global research and development network. It will be managed and operated by Aramco’s office in Beijing.

The inauguration ceremony was led by Al-Naimi; Yahya Al-Zaid, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to China; Amin H. Nasser, acting president and CEO of Saudi Aramco; Ahmad O. Al Khowaiter, chief technology officer; Ahmed A. Al-Subaey, executive director for Marketing, Supply, and Joint Ventures Coordination; and Ibrahim Q. Al-Buainain, president of Aramco Asia.

The inauguration ushers in a new era of collaboration between the two countries, founded on a commitment to knowledge, research, and innovation, Al-Naimi said in keynote remarks at the opening attended by government officials from Saudi Arabia and China as well as business partners.

“Saudi Arabia recognizes that the participation of its leading companies in China’s innovation system today brings great potential for mutual benefit tomorrow,” Al-Naimi said. “It is a part of our plan to engage in global innovation in regions that have complementary expertise and capacities.”

Aramco’s global research program encompasses facilities in Houston, Detroit, and Boston in North America, as well as European facilities in Aberdeen in the UK, Paris in France, and Delft in the Netherlands.

The Beijing center extends the company’s research network in Asia, joining the CO2 Management Center at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea.

These facilities complement Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) and the Research and Development Center (R&DC) activities in Dhahran, and another key Saudi research center in Thuwal at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Nasser spoke at a panel session about “Energy and Sustainability Challenges in China and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Potential and Mechanisms for Future Cooperation.” He said the BRC would deliver “step changes” in Aramco’s global research capabilities.

“This research facility will add momentum as we produce fit-for-purpose innovation and technologies tied to our objectives and business needs,” Nasser said. “These areas are crucial to Saudi Aramco’s strategic goals in discovery, recovery, sustainability, and reliability, and therefore, they are the center’s main research thrust. Another key enabler is that China has a world-renowned expertise in chemical and enhanced oil recovery.”

Al-Buainan explained why Saudi Aramco chose Beijing.“We view the BRC as the nucleus of technology and innovation development, and will bring about desired results,” he said, “such as the development of cutting-edge technologies, not only in the upstream field, but also in the downstream sector, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.”

BRC director Khalid O. Rufaii added: “One of the main objectives of the center is to create science and develop technology that fundamentally changes and improves how we explore for oil and gas, extend reserves, and manage reservoirs.”

Amin H. Nasser Acting President and CEO of Saudi Aramco

1 May 2015 | comments (4) | Saudi Aramco News | by

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Nasser joined the company after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran in 1982.

From November 1982 to February 1991, he had various assignments with the Production Engineering, Drilling and Reservoir Management departments. From March 1991 to May 1997, Nasser held various supervisory positions in the Engineering and Producing departments.

Nasser became manager of the Ras Tanura Producing Department in June 1997. He also was manager of the Northern Area Producing Engineering Department, Safaniya Offshore Producing Department and the Safaniya Onshore Producing Department. Nasser was appointed chief petroleum engineer in April 2004 and executive director of Petroleum Engineering and Development in May 2005.

He was named vice president of Petroleum Engineering and Development in April 2006 and then as acting business line head of Exploration and Producing (E&P) in August 2007. In January 2008, he was named business line head of E&P, and five months later he became E&P’s senior vice president.

Nasser has had various developmental assignments, including the Saudi Aramco Leadership Development Seminar in Washington, D.C., in 1999, Saudi Aramco Global Business Program in 2000, and the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University in 2002.

He is also a longtime member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and in early 2008, he was elected a member of the SPE Industry Advisory Council.

As of April 29, 2015, Mr. Nasser has been appointed acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.

H.E. Khalid Al-Falih appointed Chairman of the Board

1 May 2015 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

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Saudi Aramco has announced that His Excellency Mr. Khalid A. Al-Falih has been appointed Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). Saudi Aramco has also stated that Mr. Amin H. Nasser has been named as the acting President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) until further notice.

Mr. Amin H. Nasser is a member of the Board of Directors of Saudi Aramco and he held the position of Senior Vice President, Upstream since 2008.

Mr. Nasser joined Saudi Aramco after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran in 1982. From November 1982 to February 1991, he had various assignments with the Production Engineering, Drilling and Reservoir Management departments. From March 1991 to May 1997, Nasser held various supervisory positions in the Engineering and Producing departments.

Mr. Nasser became manager of the Ras Tanura Producing Department in June 1997. He also was manager of the Northern Area Producing Engineering Department, Safaniya Offshore Producing Department and the Safaniya Onshore Producing Department. Nasser was appointed chief petroleum engineer in April 2004 and executive director of Petroleum Engineering and Development in May 2005.

He was named vice president of Petroleum Engineering and Development in April 2006 and then as acting business line head of Exploration and Producing (E&P) in August 2007. In 2008, he became E&P’s senior vice president.

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