Category Archive: Pipeline
DHAHRAN, May 05, 2010 — More than 2,500 people attended the first combined symposium and exhibition of the SPE Saudi Arabia Section and the Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS) recently at Seef Center, Al-Khobar.
The 2010 SPE/DGS Annual Technical Symposium and Exhibit offered a high-level array of keynote speakers, including Society of Petroleum Engineers president Behrooz Fattahi, Shell International vice president Jeroen Regtien, and Ibrahim Al-Saadan, on behalf of Saudi Aramco Exploration vice president Abdulla Al-Naim.
Participants in the SPE Half Moon Bay field trip analyzed area sand dunes and sabkhas. Participating in each trip were professionals representing Saudi Aramco and service companies along with college students.
Also attending were Amin H. Nasser, senior vice president of Exploration and Producing, and Mohammed Y. Gahtani, executive director of Petroleum Engineering and Development.
In his opening address, Faisal Al-Nughaimish, chairman of the symposium and exhibition, put the event in context. With 17 technical sessions, panel discussion, poster sessions, pre-event courses, field trips and exhibition, the symposium offers one of its richest programs over more than 25 years of history.
Fattahi lauded the annual event. We offer our congratulations to the technical committee for developing the outstanding program The Saudi Arabia Section Annual Technical Symposium has a 25-year history of bringing together regional and international industry professionals to exchange knowledge and to promote the latest innovations and technologies.
The exhibition included main exhibitors Saudi Aramco, Baker Hughes, Weatherford and Schlumberger along with Halliburton, Shoaibi Group, Rawabi Holding, Gotech, Global Energy Services, Saudi Geophysical, NPS, Restec, Ertikaz and SRAK.
The three-day event saw a high-level of attendance. For the second year in a row, capitalizing on our success last year, said Al-Nughaimish.
We nearly doubled the size of our exhibition to expand the portfolio of companies showcasing latest technologies needed to boost the growth of the regional upstream industry.
Invited speakers at 17 technical sessions provided expertise in all the different disciplines of petroleum engineering and geoscience.
The technical program included sessions that discussed Drilling and Work over Operations, Advances and Challenges in Reservoir Characterization, Completion Technology, Reservoir Simulation, Production Technology and Operations, Geophysical Analysis, Stimulation Technology, Reservoir Performance Management, Geology and Geophysics Case Studies, Field Development, Well Testing, Petrophysics and Fluid Flow Mechanics.
Chief petroleum engineer Mohammed M. Al-Saggaf moderated the panel discussion Toward 70% Recovery Factor: Multiple Disciplines, Different Methods, One Goal. The panel was chosen to tackle the symposium theme The Race to Ultimate Recovery.
Panelists included Carlos Morales-Gill, Dr. Ganesh Thakur, Hussain Al-Otaibi, Omer Gurpinar, S.M. Farouq Ali and Waleed Mulhim. They discussed case studies, modern technologies and expertise to tackle current and ultimate recovery factors.
Two geological field trips were conducted in conjunction with the symposium: to Dammam Dome and Half Moon Bay. The Dome-study trip, led by Wyn Hughes, a Saudi Aramco geological senior consultant, progressed through the three tertiary rock formations exposed within the Saudi Aramco camp: Rus, Dammam and Dam.
The Half Moon Bay trip, led by Saudi Aramco senior geological consultant Chris Heine and geological consultant Bob Lindsay, analyzed area sand dunes and sabkhas. Participating in each trip were professionals representing Saudi Aramco and service companies within the area, and college students.
One of the field-trip students said, We never thought that geological field trips were so exciting!
At the symposium pre-event session Baker Hughes facilitated courses on Tight Gas Geo-Mechanics, Engineering a Coiled Tubing Underbalanced Drilling (CT UBD) Well and Deep Gas Drilling Optimization.
This was the first time SPE decided to hold classes before the opening of the event, to provide an opportunity for the industry professionals and academia to meet with segment experts to learn and discuss technical and operational challenges the industry faces with these types of operations, and for academia to network with industry professionals and help them shape their future careers in the oil and gas industry.
BAHRAIN, May 05, 2010 — Difficult environmental challenges facing the Arab world in the coming years, particularly in countries with rapid development, was the focus of discussion between stakeholders at the EnviroArabia 2010 Conference and Exhibition held recently in Bahrain Gulf Hotel under the theme Driving Environmental Progress in Challenging Times.
Isam A. Al-Bayat, third from right, and Hesham M. Al-Musaiid, second from right, participate in a ceremony at the EnviroArabia Conference and Exhibit in Bahrain.
The real challenge, according to conference chairman Hesham A. Al-Musaiid, is achieving the region aspirations and vision while preserving the environment.
In other words, striking the delicate balance between economic development and a healthy environment is the objective, which is considered a large challenge especially in the energy industry a challenge Saudi Aramco has been pursuing for 47 years.
If the challenges are large, so is Saudi Aramco commitment to environmental stewardship combined with reliability as an energy supplier, said Isam A. Al-Bayat, Saudi Aramco vice president for Engineering Services.
Our company commitment to environmental protection was confirmed with the establishment of our first Environmental Protection Policy in 1963, which has sought to ensure that the company operations would not create undue risks to the environment or public health, and that it conducts its operations with full concern for the protection of the land, air and water from harmful pollution. Al-Bayat told the conference in his opening night keynote speech.
Al-Bayat went on to list a number of important milestones that Saudi Aramco took in the direction of benefiting the environment.
The EnviroArabia Conference discussed environmental issues, especially those relating to rapid development.
These milestones include such as completion of the Master Gas System, which almost eliminated the need to flare associated gas; enhancement of sanitary wastewater treatment facilities, which means reusing more than 70 percent of the sanitary wastewater generated by communities and facilities; introduction of unleaded gasoline in 2001, and introducing low-sulfur diesel in 2006.
Despite the volcanic ash, which prevented many delegates from attending the conference, about 400 made it and discussed environmental policies.
They also discussed environmental management systems, air quality, climate change, waste management, wastewater treatment, groundwater protection, marine monitoring and impacts, radiation protection and other topics presented through about 100 technical papers and keynote speakers from dozens of countries.
Saudi Aramco, which was an elite platinum sponsor of the conference, participated with 11 technical papers in addition to an exhibit, which won the first prize as the best environmental exhibition in the conference ahead of 25 other exhibitors.
Abdul Wahab Al-Ahmari, managing director of Environment Development Co. Ltd., which works in Jubail-2 and is an exhibitor at the conference, explained how the implementation of current rules and regulations could help achieving environmental goals for this oil producing region.
Another exhibitor, Amanda Chahal from Quality Systemtechnik, explained how web-based software is used to integrate environmental sciences, engineering and information technology into a decision support system aimed at achieving sustainable development through managing resources and environmental quality, and health and regulatory compliance.
This year marks the sixth event in the EnviroArabia series, which started in 1995 as a result of a successful partnership between the Saudi Arabian Environmental Technology and Management Association and the Bahrain Society of Engineers.
OKPO, South Korea, May 05, 2010 — Vela International Marine Ltd. Antares Star, the first vessel of four very large crude carriers ordered from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, entered service April 21 after a naming ceremony at the South Korean shipyard.
The Antares Star at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Shipyard.
Ahmed A. Al-Sadi, Saudi Aramco vice president of Pipelines, Distribution Terminal Operations, presided over the ceremony.
The naming ceremony was attended by more than 55 guests, including Daewoo Shipbuilding senior executive vice president W.K. Ki; Saud Bukhari, Vela Technical Support Department manager; Majid Al-Sani, Vela tanker construction manager; and Khalid Alhammad, project site manager.
Antares Star is the first vessel ordered by Vela built to the new Common Structure Rules. The new vessel is built to the latest shipbuilding rules and regulations and to Vela standards of safety, reliability and the environment to ensure the reliable transportation of Saudi Aramco crude oil to its customers.
SHANGHAI, May 05, 2010 — Dubbed by some as the Economic Olympics, dazzling Expo 2010 opened May 1 in this Chinese city with a history of economic innovation, along with the graceful Saudi Arabian Pavilion, the exposition second largest iconic structure after China and one of the most popular visitations during the opening two days.
Prince Mansour bin Muteb bin Abdul-Aziz, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, center, flanked at right by Abdulla Bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Energy and Industry Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar, and Yahya bin Abdul-Kareem Al-Zaid, Ambassador of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in China, and at left by Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Bahrain Ministry of Culture and Information, open the Saudi Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010.
Nearly 500,000 visitors thronged the main Expo site on opening day, despite temperatures rising to nearly 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
Visitors dressed in short sleeves and opened their umbrellas as shields against the sun while waiting in front of popular pavilions. The elevated pedestrian ways sprayed mists of water to cool visitors starting at 10 a.m.
A combined creation of Saudi and Chinese designers, the Saudi Pavilion has a moon boat shape and is surrounded by virtual deserts and seas.
The first floor of the pavilion is a garden with both Chinese and Saudi trees growing, a symbol of the friendship between the two nations and a cool, shady respite for visitors fleeing the heat of the Expo opening.
Interactive cultural programs and short films will be presented on a 1,600-sq. m. 3D IMAX screen, reportedly the world largest. Saudi Aramco employees are providing support at the Saudi Pavilion and other Expo venues.
Prince Mansour bin Muteb bin Abdul-Aziz, Saudi Arabia Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, inaugurated the 7,600-square-meter Saudi Pavilion and its 2,000-sq.m. cultural plaza on opening day. Some 20,000 visitors a day are expected at the pavilion during the exposition.
A model of the Saudi Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010, which opened May 1.
More than 70 million people mostly Chinese are expected to visit the international exposition and its 5.3 square-kilometer (2-square-mile) venue during Expo six-month run.
The event is hosting some 250 countries and international organizations that are showcasing their cultures around the exposition sustainable development theme.
Shanghai has recruited 2 million volunteers, ranging in age from 18 to 70, to provide support during the Expo, including 77,000 volunteers at the Expo venues and 130,000 ones at special service stations in the city.
About 90.6 percent of venue volunteers and 35.5 percent of city volunteers are college students, of which about 200 are foreigners.
Saudi Arabia participation in the Expo includes a prestigious exhibit of the Saudi city of Mina, located on the pilgrimage route from the Islamic holy city of Makkah to nearby Mount Arafat followed by faithful during the annual Haj.
Mina, known for its sophisticated urban planning, facilities and world-class infrastructure was one of 55 city projects selected among 226 nominations around the world for exhibition at a special 15-hectare (37-acre) Expo zone.
It is the first time in the event history that cities have been invited to show off cutting-edge architecture and design concepts.
WASSENAAR, The Netherlands, April 28, 2010 — As it has done for the past couple of years, Aramco Overseas Co. B.V. (AOC) participated in this year Nederland Doet (NL Doet) the Dutch national volunteer day, formerly known as Make A Difference Day.
Thirty-five AOC volunteers, family members and friends recently took to the dunes of Meijendel in Wassenaar a town in the suburb of The Hague to do some serious weeding.
AOC employees and family members took part in the Dutch national volunteer day by removing invasive plants from dune and forest areas.
When AOC Public Relations said we were going to do some cleaning up in the dunes, we thought we would be walking around with a plastic garbage bag and a trash picker, said Candy Rowlay from AOC HR Services.
As they soon found out, however, cleaning up does not always involve garbage.
Instead, each volunteer was armed with a shovel to get rid of the American Black Cherry a deciduous shrub considered in the Netherlands as a forest pest or invasive which can prevent rejuvenation of native plant and tree species. Volunteers are often needed to remove them by hand.
After all the hard work, a biologist from Dunea — the organization that maintains and protects the dune areas in Meijendel to ensure clean and safe drinking water in the Dutch province Zuid-Holland took the volunteers on an educational excursion.
The volunteers learned about the dunes flora and fauna, and water withdrawal and management.
This was the first time that I participated in a volunteer project organized by AOC, and I have to say that I really enjoyed myself, said Ineke Hogeboom from AOC Supplier Relations. Even though it was hard work, it was really fun, and the excursion afterwards was super! If Im available I will certainly join again next year.