Following recent openings in Riyadh and al-Jouf, Saudi Aramco launches its Cultural and Sports summer program “iCompete” in the Eastern Province.
The program has been well received by the Kingdom’s youth as witnessed by huge turnouts the past two years as one of Saudi Aramco’s most important initiatives in the area of sports. The iCompete program targets students between the ages of 7 and 14 in an effort to develop and improve their soccer, volleyball, table tennis, swimming and tae kwon do skills.
This summer, thousands will participate in the program representing Ettifaq, Qadisiyah, Nahdha, Khaleej, Fateh, Jubail and Batin from the Eastern Province, as well as Al-Shola from Kharj, Al-Faisaly from al-Majma’ah, and Al-Oroba from al-Jouf. The program will continue until the end of August.
Saudi Aramco is seeking to provide a variety of sports programs that combine education with entertainment in a sports style that attracts young people and stimulates the spirit of fair challenge and competition during the summer vacation.
Speaking on the launch of the program, Nasser A. Al-Nafisee, acting executive director of Corporate Affairs, said the program strives to promote the values of competition in a healthy and safe environment, as well as creativity and responsibility among young people. He added the program would support young talents in all sports and cultural areas.
iCompete offers a variety of high-quality sports and educational activities and events, which are expected to have a positive impact on the participants and their future lives, Al-Nafisee added.In addition, the program features a number of activities with the designed purpose of heightening participants’ awareness about environmental preservation, fire protection, promotion of safety values at work and at home, as well as their adoption of healthy habits (i.e., fire prevention, safety and health care) and habits that limit energy consumption. The iCompete program focuses on the self-development of its participants and their further growth in competencies, personal characteristics and skills to establish a culture of responsibility and discipline.
Saudi Aramco continues to attract national and global attention for its work in the environmental excellence and the efficient wise use of energy resources.
Shedgum Gas Plant has been named a winner of the U.S.-based Gas Processors Association (GPA) International Environmental Excellence Award.
The award was presented to ShGP last spring in Dallas, Texas, at the GPA annual convention. The GPA selected and recognized ShGP for its outstanding environmental performance in 2013.
Established in 1921, the GPA is a nonprofit association with members from 136 oil and gas companies and partners from international associations in the GCC, Canada, Europe and Venezuela.
Shedgum Gas Plant, the Environmental Excellence Division winner, earned the distinction for its Flare Gas Recovery System, the first of its kind among Saudi Aramco facilities. The system was commissioned in March 2013.
The installation of three liquid seal drums for each of the existing flare gas, and the two identical compression trains to recycle the flared gases to the plant sour gas header for further processing, resulted in a total flare reduction of 6 million standard cubic feet per day. The long-term environmental benefits of this project are an annual reduction of CO2 emissions by 47,000 metric tons, which is equivalent to removing 9,200 cars from the road.
This is one of ShGP’s many environmental and energy efficiency accomplishments, including:
- The “Watergy Program,” which links water to energy, reducing water consumption by 300 gallons/MMSCF.
- The Energy Efficiency Program, which reduced the energy intensity by 13.69 percent, with energy savings of 28.8 KBTU/BOE over three years.
- The Energy Innovation, resulting in a potential energy savings of 6.6 KBTU/BOE and demolition of four regeneration gas compressors.
- Sulfur Recovery Phase II projects (BI-10-0057) that had also increased sulfur recovery from 95 percent to 98.7 percent, thereby meeting the PME regulations for air-quality control and recognizing the company’s capital investments toward an eco-friendly environment.
The GPA Environmental Excellence International Award is a project-based distinction created to recognize GPA member companies’ achievements in demonstrating initiative and leadership in managing their environmental affairs in midstream sector activities. Applications are reviewed and winners determined by an independent panel appointed by the GPA board of directors.
ShGP will continue its quest toward achieving the highest level of environmental and energy excellence to promote the company’s positive impact on the environment and Saudi Aramco’s global reputation at international events.
Saudi Aramco strives to create cultural and health education programs that are responsive to a new generation of young Saudi males and females. iExcel is one of these, offered together with the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Featuring numerous activities and events that combine education, awareness, recreation and sports, iExcel will be held daily for four weeks at 28 public schools in the Eastern Province for the fifth consecutive year. For the first time, it will also be offered in Tabuk and Jazan.
It is an opportunity for secondary school students, meeting their needs not only in the form of recreation, but also offering substantive programs that which encourage self-development and provide the skills to face the challenges of the future.
The inauguration ceremony of iExcel’s boys section was presided over by Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, Saudi Aramco acting senior vice president of Operations and Business Services, and Dr. Sami Bin Ghazi Al-Otaibi, Assistant Director General for Educational Affairs in the Eastern Province.
The ceremony was also attended by Mohammed G. Al-Zahrani, Saudi Aramco’s vice president of Safety and Industrial Security, and Nabeel Al-Dabal, general manager of Training and Development.
The inauguration ceremony of the girls section of the program was presided over by Huda M. Al-Ghoson, Saudi Aramco’s executive director of Human Resources, and Sanaa Al-Jaafari, the Assistant Director General of Education in the Eastern Province for Girls Educational Affairs. A number of officials from both the company and the Education Directorate also were present at the two events.
In his remarks, Al-Qahtani spoke about the efforts put forth by the company and the MOE to expand iExcel. “Following the program’s success in the previous cycles, the company decided this year to expand its scope to cover the Tabuk and Jazan areas. We are keen on the continuous development of young men and women of this age group,” he said. “They, especially the talented male and female students, represent the human capital for societies wishing to advance and prosper.
“This year, we and Mawhiba cooperated with Johns Hopkins University to tap into its world-scale scientific resources and attract more ideas that cater to talent development and innovation, with a view toward strengthening and sharpening student skills in scientific subjects. This will benefit them in their education and life, motivating them to provide positive contributions to society,” Al-Qahtani said.
“We are happy that we deepened and expanded the scope of the benefits of this program,” added Al-Dabal. “We expect a total of 5,600 male and female students to participate in this year’s iExcel program, bringing the cumulative number of students who benefited from this program since its inception in 2010 to 12,950 students.”
Speaking during the female iExcel inauguration, Al-Ghoson said this year’s program will be different from those of the previous years with the inclusion of the Passport to Success program.
Saudi Aramco and IYF held workshops for trainers with the goal of preparing them to train 15- to 18-year-old students. Al-Ghoson emphasized that iExcel will be overseen by specialists from Saudi Aramco’s Training and Development Department.
iExcel’s importance stems from the use of secondary school students’ time in a manner that benefits them and provides them with the skills they need in both education and life in general, all while urging them to make a positive contribution to society, she added.
Al-Jaafari pointed out the importance of Saudi Aramco’s role as MOE’s strategic partner. She praised the significant support provided by the company through various means and methods to improve the output of the education process.
DHAHRAN, 6/11/2014 — The Dhahran Cricket Association’s (DCA) 2014 Challenger League drew to a close as the DCA Panthers overpowered the DCA Tigers to capture the title.
The Panthers were led by Sarfaraz Alam, a gifted bowler and batsman. The Tigers were led by Mohammad Khurram, one of DCA’s most experienced top order batsmen.
The Panthers won the toss and chose to bat first. They had an extremely shaky start as Rohit Patwardhan, a batting stalwart throughout the tournament, was dismissed with the first ball for a “golden duck.”
One of DCA’s new emerging talents, Asif Ahmed, was also dismissed early, requiring the Panthers to switch to survival mode to post a competitive total. Salman Mirza then played a good innings under pressure but the superstars for the Panthers were Qadeer Ahmed and Ahsan Zubair. Both batsmen played responsibly and demonstrated some exquisite shots all over the ground, including clearing the ground for some massive six runs against the off-spin bowling of Rehan Khan. Mohammed Tayyab also played a quick fire innings to ensure that the Panthers reached a very competitive total of 190. For the Tigers, Saad Sikander and Mohammed Khurram bowled well but received little support from the other bowlers.
The Tigers faced a difficult task as batting second under pressure is never an easy task. Much was expected from the opening two batsmen. Unfortunately, the Tigers’ innings started in similar fashion to the Panthers as long-standing opener and captain Mohammed Khurram was caught off the bowling of Zuhair Bukhari. From that point on, wickets fell in quick succession. Although the Tigers saw hope in the batting of Aun Mela, a rising star in the DCA batting charts, Mela had to retire when he reached 50 runs. The usually dependable, big hitting Tanveer Hashmi also played well for his 27 runs. The bowling attack of the Panthers was extremely accurate with Sarfaraz Alam and Hasan Ali both getting two wickets each.
In the end, Panthers won the match comfortably by a margin of 70 runs. Although many notable performances were witnessed, Ahmed was awarded Man of the Match for his excellent knock of 45 under pressure. Ahmed was instrumental for the Panthers throughout the tournament as he backed his performances with some very vocal support from the sidelines.
The 2014 Challenger League was a well-organized tournament that was enjoyed by players and onlookers alike. The umpires and scorers did a great job of ensuring fair play and the statistics team led by Najam Ansari ensured that all information was uploaded to the DCA4U.com website. Naveed Haider, Haroon Farooqui and Tanwir Hashmi also did a great job organizing the tournament with support from board members and Dhahran Recreation.
DHAHRAN, 6/11/2014 — Swimmers representing the Dhahran Youth Swim League (DYSL) recently competed at the Swimming Championships held May 23 and 24 in Doha, Qatar.
Rather than being held at an outdoor location under harsh and sometimes dangerously high temperatures, the teams from across Saudi Arabia decided to hold this year’s meet in an indoor facility that would give swimmers the best chance to showcase their abilities. After a full year of training and competition, each of the swimmers who qualified to compete traveled with their families to the Hamad Aquatic Center in Doha.
The commissioner of DYSL, David Cherrington, said: “The Hamad Aquatic Center is a world-class elite swimming facility that will host the World Championships later this year. I cannot even begin to describe how impressed I was by this complex. The pool, the pool deck, the scoreboard, and the timing equipment were all first rate.”
DYSL competed against more than 20 other teams from areas all over the Kingdom. Teams such as the al-Khobar Lasers, British International School Jiddah, and King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh provided intense competition.
At the end of two days of exciting competition, DYSL came home having placed first in both the overall medal count and total points. According to Cherrington, “DYSL proved in the water that it is the premier swim team in Saudi Arabia.”
The following DYSL swimmers were recognized as high point winners in the overall competition in their competitive age groups due to their outstanding performance: Harshini Murugan, 5th place in 6 & Under Girls; Tiffany Murillo, 4th place in 7-8 Girls; Kareem Kalo, 1st place in 7-8 Boys; Rifqi Sambodo, 1st place in 9-10 Boys; Turkum Onol, 5th place in 9-10 Boys; Maura Geuy, 3rd place in 11-12 Girls; Laura Solano-Florez, 4th place in 11-12 Girls; Rylynn Pierson, 1st place in 13-14 Girls; Louie Bariselle, 2nd place in 13-14 Boys; Kevin Montera, 3rd place in 13-14 Boys; Robert Cherrington, 3rd place in 15-16 Boys; and Rachel Bridgehouse, 1st place in 17-18 Girls.
DYSL, which has a played a significant role in the athletic community of Dhahran for many years by producing a “family” of swimmer-athletes, consists of 200 swimmers between the ages of 5 and 18 who participate in rigorous training and exciting competitions.
Karl Kleemeier, DYSL’s assistant commissioner, said “swimming helps athletes develop strong minds and strong bodies as it fosters self-discipline and concentration. DYSL strives to help its members improve their swimming skills while promoting lifelong healthy lifestyles, social development and personal skills for success both in and out of the water.”