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“Delivering on Tomorrow” emphasizes commitment to the future of energy supply at the annual Saudi Petroleum Overseas Limited (SPOL) reception.
More than 600 of Saudi Aramco’s key customers and partners attended SPOL’s annual reception as part of the Energy Institute’s International Petroleum (IP) Week in London, United Kingdom.
This year’s theme was “Delivering on Tomorrow,” emphasizing the company’s commitment to the future of energy supply.
Salah Al-Hareky, managing director of SPOL, addressed the invitees, highlighting Saudi Aramco’s continued investment toward new supplies, technologies, refining capacity and, of course, people.
“As a responsible and reliable mass producer of energy, Saudi Aramco continues to ensure security of supply by maintaining investment stamina at a time when the global economy continues to recover,” he said. “This approach signals how highly we value our stakeholders, understanding that it is a two-way relationship in which we must show our responsibility and commitment to ensure a healthy industry.”
Al-Hareky also touched on how the theme reflected Saudi Aramco’s ambition of becoming a global energy and petrochemicals enterprise — an ambition underlined by the construction of projects such as the Kingdom’s innovative Manifa oil field, as well as major joint ventures such as Sadara, SATORP and YASREF, all three of which are in partnership with major industrial companies.
Formed in 1990, affiliate SPOL provides the link between Saudi Aramco and its customers in Europe, Africa and South America. It is responsible for the marketing of crude and liquefied petroleum gas in these regions while also producing studies and reports for the global business, including market data and information on the energy industry.
The IP Week itself is considered to be the leading forum for oil and gas, attracting more than 2,000 key influencers and decision-makers from around the globe. In addition to Saudi Aramco, other companies attending IP Week events were employees from BP, Shell, Total, ExxonMobil, and the U.S. Energy Department.
Host of a variety of three-day conferences, workshops and roundtables, the Energy Institute is a globally recognized professional membership body composed of more than 16,000 individuals and 250 companies worldwide. Membership to the Institute underpins Saudi Aramco’s commitment to promote and engage in best practice while raising the company’s profile among customers and partners within the industry.
Goal is to popularize the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills among Saudi youths as a part of an effort to transform the Kingdom into a Knowledge Society.
The popular outreach program, arranged by The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture’s iThra Youth Division, uses a series of educational and enrichment sessions designed to engage and motivate students to gain a hunger for knowledge in the key STEM disciplines. To do this, teachers in given areas are trained in the latest techniques and strategies in education, which they then employ and pass on to students to enhance their skills and abilities for scientific thinking.
In its second year, iDiscover will be targeting 1,000 teachers in al-Jouf who will, through methods used in special programs worldwide, enrich and develop the skills of 2,000 students, inspiring in them a love of discovery and knowledge.
As Khalid A. Al-Falih, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, noted in launching iThra Youth, the initiative comes in the context of the role of Saudi Aramco setting an example for the Kingdom to follow in inspiring and motivating the minds of its sons and daughters toward a love of science, technology and innovation. The goal of the initiative is to reach two million young men and women by the year 2020.
The iDiscover Program was developed in collaboration with professionals from the University of California at Berkeley (iDiscover science) and the Math Zoom Academy of Irvine, California, (iDiscover mathematics) in the United States. The two programs seek to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills through encouragement and the thrill of friendly competition.
In 2013, iThra Youth was recognized for its pioneering youth education program as one of six international winners by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). Created by the Qatar Foundation to support the United Nations Millennium Development Goal on achieving universal primary education, the WISE award has honored 36 successful initiatives since it began in 2009 to showcase innovative educational projects from around the world.
New advances in nonmetallic materials in the battle against corrosion in the oil and gas industries can save millions of dollars and man-hours.
A large number of engineers, specialists and researchers in the field of corrosion and chemical water treatment and representatives from local, regional and global businesses participated in technical tracks and workshops gathered early February at the biennial Middle East Corrosion Conference and Exhibition (MECCE).
Now in its 35th year, the event was officially inaugurated by HE Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance, Minister in charge of Oil and Gas Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain.
In his opening speech, the minister stressed the importance of addressing the phenomenon of corrosion of metals and the resulting adverse economic repercussions through continued development of related techniques, including wear-resistant material and applying corrosion and rust prevention practices.
Saudi Aramco’s chief engineer, Ahmad O. Al-Khowaiter, said the conference marked a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing and professional interaction as well as providing a forum for showcasing the latest technologies.
He singled out nonmetallic materials as the key player in the future battle against corrosion in the oil and gas industries: “Of particular interest to our region are the growth opportunities for non-metallic materials, which I believe to be the second generation of industrial economic growth in the GCC”, he said and underlined that the Gulf region has both raw materials, as well as potentially a very big market for the nonmetallic products.
More than 70 companies took part in the exhibition held in parallel with the conference. The event was sponsored by 23 companies, including Saudi Aramco, Sibco, Access Inspection Technologies, Arabian Pipeline Painting Company, Al Qahtani Industrial Pipe Painting, Jotun, Bapco and GPIC.
After a month of successfully engaging 662,000 visitors, the iThra Knowledge Program, launched in Jiddah by Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, came to an end last week.
The program provided a snippet of Saudi Aramco’s continued direction in encouraging a knowledge-based society through an ambitious initiative to engage the youths of the Kingdom through workshops, dialogs and scientific exploration.
The program was inaugurated by the Prince of Makkah, HRH Mishal Bin Abdulla Bin Abdulaziz, and received 45,000 visitors in the course of one night alone. The visitors trickled steadily into the 170,000 square meters of land to enjoy the technologically advanced scientific corners and to appreciate the aesthetics of its art exhibits.
Vice president of Saudi Aramco Affairs, Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, said the program “provided a creative environment for the community” and that the Jiddah’s iThra Knowledge Program brings the program a step closer toward reaching 10,000,000 visitors by 2020.
Al-Qahtani commended the Center for its efforts in supporting the national efforts to encourage innovation and building a knowledge-based society. “We are happy with what iThra Knowledge 2014 has been able to achieve in Jiddah,” he said.
Al-Qahtani also attributed the success of the program to the commitment and team spirit of its volunteers. The program that ran for a month provided the youth more than 600 opportunities for volunteer work that sharpened their leadership and team building skills. The volunteers put their lives on hold and spent about 80 hours each, working with the Center to provide visitors with the best experience possible.
During the day, iThra Knowledge opened its doors to 16,000 students from schools and universities, who benefited from the program and its various workshops.
Essam Z. Tawfiq, general manager of Public Affairs in Saudi Aramco, was impressed with the quality and rich content of the program. “The program sought to create a unique cultural identity by combining the traditional with the modern and mixing education with entertainment to attract the youth,” he said.
Before launching the iThra Knowledge program in Jiddah, the volunteers took part in a competition to submit volunteer work ideas that would promote creativity and citizenship. The 30 ideas submitted were evaluated and studied by a jury that included Khalid Hazmi, the person responsible for the volunteering program at Saudi Aramco. Nine ideas were nominated for the final stage and three were awarded in the closing ceremony for their effectiveness and influence on the visitors.
Volunteer Dr. Ghalia Al Harbi won first place by leading a team of 27 volunteers to spread awareness about First Aid and emergency medical procedures. Volunteer Saleh Al Selmi came in second place by leading a team of 22 to encourage visitors to develop themselves by using ancient Japanese methods. Volunteer Thana’ Al Qurashi was awarded third place for leading a team of 10 to urge visitors to donate to blood through blood drives throughout the Kingdom.
“iThra Knowledge was a unique addition to the programs and educational activities that take place in the Kingdom. It received much attention from the public that, in turn, contributed to the event by attending, innovating and interacting with the program,” said Al-Qahtani.
Saudi Aramco’s 32nd Children’s Art Contest concluded on February 10 with 18 young Saudi artists being honored as winners. The awarding ceremony was attended by a number of Saudi Aramco officials.
With ages ranging between 6 and 12 years old, the contest’s approximately 12,000 young participants had spent the past month creating art pieces that explored the theme “Let’s Green It.”
“The contest showed immense creativity employed by the children and underlined the interest this current generation has in the environment and their love for a life that is pollution free,” said the project’s leader, Maha Abdulhadi from the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.
The Children’s Art Contest is one of Saudi Aramco’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. Each year the company selects an educational theme to direct the children’s imaginations and creative energies.
The contest also encourages children to learn skills they will find useful in the future, such as research and peer collaboration, as well as consultation with their teachers, parents and members of their families.