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ASC Talent Quest Attracts 1,200 Job Applicants

14 March 2011 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

HOUSTON, March 09, 2011 – Aramco Services Co. (ASC) hosted one of its largest recruiting events of the year. Saudi Aramco International Talent Quests, held in early February in Houston and Calgary, Alberta, attracted talented professionals interested in working for the company and kicked off the year recruiting program on a strong note.

Talent Aramco Services Co. and Saudi Aramco team up to prepare for The Talent Quest, which succeeded in attracting 1,200 potential candidates.

More than 1,200 candidates applied for a chance to be invited to interview at the event. The candidates were screened by ASC Staffing and Saudi Aramco proponents, resulting in more than 300 scheduled interviews. In addition, more than 80 walk-in candidates were interviewed on the second day. As a result, Saudi Aramco technical representatives recommended 119 offers.

Technical representatives interviewed prospective candidates for both upstream and downstream areas, including petroleum engineering, exploration, refining, chemicals, engineering services, power systems and new business development. Interviews were also held for medical, finance, IT, internal auditing and loss prevention.

This year’s talent quest was focused on sourcing high-quality candidates who can bring the most value to enterprise activities,” said Moutaz Mashhour, ASC Industrial Relations manager.

Talent1 The Houston-based team of recruiters gathered for a photo. In addition to recruiters, candidates are assisted by specialists every step of the way, above, from orientation to relocation and human-resources support.

The number of offer recommendations with the emphasis on the quality of the candidates — can be credited to excellent teamwork, advance planning, preparation and coordination by all involved here at ASC in the Staffing Services division, Saudi Aramco Staffing Services and Saudi Aramco proponents.

Factors that have contributed to increasing the quality of candidates included collaboration with Saudi Aramco proponents and an enhanced, pre-scheduled interview process. A team of expatriate recruiting specialists from Saudi Aramco were on hand to help tighten the cycle time for offers.

The talent quest  takes months to plan and prepare. It involves scouting for top quality candidates and securing their interest, scheduling interviews, arranging logistical details for hundreds of candidates to visit Houston, implementing an advertising and communications campaign and using exhibiting to turn the ASC building into a welcome center as well as an interview hub.

“It was an excellent venue for recruiting and also a good opportunity to share our needs and strategy with ASC colleagues in Human Resources and Staffing Services,” said Fahad Al-Bagmi, HR group leader at the Ras Tanura Refinery, who attended the event.

The talent quest also benefited from the high-profile Aramco Houston Half Marathon, which occurred a week earlier. The company’s participation in the half marathon was leveraged through press and radio interviews to promote the career and lifestyle benefits of working for Saudi Aramco as well as the Talent Quest.

Employees from all over ASC volunteered to help out and represent the company at welcome tables, resume reviews and orientations.

“Working closely with proponents and our expatriate recruiting counterparts made the talent quest a good demonstration of teamwork and brought in strong results for the company,” said Betsy Chamberlain, Staffing Services administrator.

Three Breakthrough R&D Projects Spotlighted

11 March 2011 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

DHAHRAN, March 09, 2011 — Three high-profile Research and Development Center (R&DC) projects and technologies represent the innovation and dedication to breakthrough science that have made R&DC a world-class center of research and development.

They are Computer Modeling of Separation Flows, an Online Salt-in-Crude Analyzer and a Desert Ray/Laser Finger Printing instrument.

Projects Senior vice president of Engineering and Project Management Salim S. Al-Aydh, front left, visits the Research and Development Center lab to see its latest projects.

New developments in the projects were presented to senior vice president of Engineering and Project Management Salim S. Al-Aydh and Engineering vice president Abdullah I. Al-Saadan during a recent visit to the center.

Crude oil separation is achieved through the use of gravity along a series of separation vessels. Improving the efficiency of gravity separation improves the overall process, and according to project leader Regis Vilagines that’s the goal of the Computer Modeling of Separation Flow project.

Vilagines explained that the group has developed the world’s first three-phase separation flow model and is using it to simulate various in-tank conditions that impact the separation of whole crude into gas, water and oil. The model has also led to the design-stage optimization of an innovative inlet device for multiphase separators, which Vilagines and his team say can lead to as much as 20 percent performance improvement.

The next step in the project, according to Vilagines, is to capture knowledge and develop this in the form of a separation software tool, continue to validate model results against test data with Saudi Aramco crude oils and then field test the inlet device concept.

“We need to prove the concept in a timely manner, so we can plan additional expansion as the water cut increases,” noted Abdullah I. Al-Saadan. “This is the kind of innovation which will have a companywide effect when we can eventually install it across the company.

Sebastien Duval, lead researcher for the On-Line Salt-in-Crude Analyzer project then explained that there is no reliable salt-in-crude analyzer available in the marketplace — a fact his team is hoping to remedy.

The team recently concluded a seven-month field test of the its conductivity-based prototype analyzer, and will build and field demonstrate conductivity-based preindustrial prototypes at various facilities in 2011. Also on the slate for this year is the building and field testing of an innovative single-solvent prototype, the first of its kind in the industry.

Ezzat Hegazi, team leader for the Laser Oil Fingerprinting Technology project, presented his team’s laser-based technology for characterizing oil products. It has already been granted or has in process nine patents, and has a seemingly endless list of potential applications — everything from crude oil and refined product identification to fuel additive monitoring, detection of smuggling and oil spill source investigation.

DesertRay 1, an instrument that delivers the technology, has already been developed and is being used in the laboratory. DesertRay 2, a fuel-mixing detector, and GulfRay, a remote sensing device, are in progress, and a blend replicator is scheduled for future development.

“The importance of what has been achieved and the potential for this technology represent a real success for R&DC,” said Hegazi. “This is what it is all about — creativity and innovation and determining how we can leverage a technology.”

Salim S. Al-Aydh agreed. “This is great work,” he said. “It has the potential to go beyond oil and refined products. I believe it can be developed further, and that is where we should focus.”

He added: “I think there are lots of activities taking place (in R&DC) that will result in breakthroughs in helping us to be able to optimize and to work on operational issues that hopefully will be solved by these ideas rather than spending a lot of money.” 

But optimization of systems is just one angle. “The other angle,” Al-Aydh said, “is taking these breakthrough ideas and looking at the applications and then creating manufacturing and other businesses around us based on these ideas being developed by R&DC.”

Calm, Cool and Confident

During the recent visit to R&DC by senior management, 21-year-old Thamer M. Al-Otaibi found himself elbow-to-elbow with senior vice president Al-Aydh, demonstrating some of the science behind his team’s computer modeling of separation flows.

It was a situation that might have prompted nerves in some but not Al-Otaibi. “I have seen my colleagues do (demonstrations) many times,” he explained, “but I am fresh — only six months — so I did many dry runs in my head and with my colleagues.”

That support, said Otaibi, makes R&DC the “best of Saudi Aramco.”

“I can learn much here because R&DC gives me the chance to learn, to develop and to improve myself,” he said. As evidence, Al-Otaibi pointed to his newfound knowledge of and training on various pieces of equipment, knowledge gained from e-learning courses he’s taken and his leadership role when it comes to safety in his group, as well as the chance to visit outlying Saudi Aramco facilities.

“There are many opportunities for me to learn and improve myself,” he added. “I can complete my studies, even get a Ph.D. someday because this place gives me the chance.”

The Art Behind Geoscience

10 March 2011 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

DHAHRAN, March 09, 2011 — Is there an art to being a scientist?

Science Participants in the Specialist Development Program pose with professors Roel Snieder and Ken Larner from Colorado School of Mines in the United States.

That was the question posed to 40 of Saudi Aramco young geoscience professionals from Exploration Specialist Development Program (SDP) as they participated in a recent two-day course conducted by professor Roel Snieder and professor Ken Larner from the Colorado School of Mines in the United States.

Together with their program administrator, Eman Juraibyami, a number of SDP mentors and advisers, EXPEC ARC specialists and students from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, participants were challenged to both examine some of the fundamentals of the scientific thought process and to explore how to use them in furthering scientific understanding through research.

Drawing from a wealth of research experience, Snieder and Larner coauthored the book “The Art of Being a Scientist,” on which the course was based.

During the workshop sessions, participants were encouraged to consider a range of topics including the need for introducing creativity into research, inductive and deductive styles of science, how to ask the “right” questions in order to further scientific understanding, setting and achieving research goals, communicating results effectively, time management and ethical aspects of science.

The workshop sessions were informative and practical, and they will help empower the SDP participants to develop effective research habits.

Snieder and Larner were invited by Exploration to contribute as part of a program building foundations for effective and efficient scientific research among Saudi Aramco’s young exploration specialists.

The Specialist Development Program is a technical, work-oriented program, focusing initially on young Saudi professionals, with the objective of developing in-house specialties in critical disciplines within a specific period of time by using in-house experts as mentors.

The program’s goal is to create the best career path possible for specialists in order to provide Saudi Aramco with a solid skill base of technical experts to meet future challenges in Exploration, in line with Saudi Aramco’s own corporate goals.

Resolving the Energy ‘Trilemma’

8 March 2011 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

OSLO, Norway, March 02, 2011 — While the objectives of energy security, affordability and sustainability are often seen as incompatible, resolution of this energy trilemma can be achieved through collaboration. That was the challenge offered by Abdullatif A. Al-Othman, senior vice president of Finance, when he addressed the recent Oslo Energy Forum.

Oslo Energy security, affordability and sustainability are compatible objectives that can provide a degree of global stability, according to Abdullatif A. Al-Othman, Saudi Aramco senior vice president of Finance, who recently addressed the Oslo Energy Forum.

Energy is in demand, and demand will continue to increase, Al-Othman said. Two-thirds of the world’s population has either inadequate access or no access to high-quality energy. By 2050, the global population needing energy is expected to grow by more than 2 billion.

Our responsibility is not limited to providing energy to only those who can use it, he said. We are responsible for stewardship of these resources and being prepared to meet the needs of those who someday will have access.

Energy will be available to meet this demand, and the vast majority of the supply will continue to come from fossil fuels. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest forecasts are that 75 percent of the world’s primary energy needs in 2035 will be met by fossil fuels while modern renewable energies will modestly increase from 1 percent of today’s primary energy mix to 3 percent in 2035.

The resources are there, he said. The world has consumed 1.2 trillion barrels of oil, which represents 23 percent of recoverable conventional and nonconventional resources, or only 9 percent of the earth’s total conventional and nonconventional oil in place.

“Renewables will make their contribution to energy security and sustainability, but only gradually,” Al-Othman said. “Through a collective effort of cooperation between producers and consumers, energy security can be achieved and the demand for oil can be met long into the future.”

Energy security is not simply a supply-side issue, he said. Energy resources are available and will continue to be available. Equally important is security of demand. Pricing needs to be fair, and energy consumers need to send the right signal to the producers to ensure a viable, responsive energy industry.

“Essentially,” he said, “oil prices need to be low enough to encourage economic growth and development yet high enough to encourage investment in exploration, production and refining capacities.”

“Prices, and, therefore, affordability, should not be distorted by taxes and subsidies,” he added. “Oil is currently disadvantaged by both taxes added to the total price of oil and refined products, and subsidies benefiting alternative fuels. The potential for excessive carbon taxation could further disadvantage oil.”

Therefore, energy security and affordability can best be attained by international energy policies that are clear, consistent and pragmatic in recognizing the roles of fossil fuels as well as complementary alternatives.

Alternative and renewable energies, as well as energy conservation, are being counted on to play a key role in sustainability, he said. Talent and R&D initiatives will lead to technological advances that should continue to grow energy supplies and increase efficiencies.

Greater energy efficiency is a win-win solution, he said, as it reduces carbon and other emissions, conserves resources and sustains economic growth without sacrificing living standards.

Al-Othman concluded that the world can overcome energy poverty. As long as there are realistic public policies and a level playing field in the market for the various sources of energy, a robust oil industry will make a major contribution to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the well-being of future generations.

“Our three objectives will stand together in harmony to create a stable platform, like the legs of a tripod,” he said. Energy security, affordability and sustainability are worthy and compatible objectives that, when achieved, can provide a degree of global stability.

Saudi Aramco Pays Visit to Model U.N.

7 March 2011 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

AOC_UN Jerry Harriss, shown here surrounded by Saudi guides, was among the pioneers who first discovered oil in the Eastern Province while working for Standard Oil in the 1930s.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 02, 2011 – Saudi Aramco senior vice president for Industrial Relations Abdulaziz F. Al-Khayyal, together with Abdullah Abdulaziz Alshagrood, ambassador of Saudi Arabia to The Netherlands, and Ahmed M. Alzayyat, managing director of Aramco Overseas Co. (AOC), recently attended the opening ceremony of The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN).

A small delegation of colleagues from AOC accompanied them to the ceremony on Jan. 24, which occurred during Al-Khayyal’s two-day visit to AOC headquarters in The Hague.

In the opening ceremony, THIMUN Foundation chair Linda Dubock pointed out the presence of the Saudi Aramco delegation led by Al-Khayyal, saying, “I would like to thank Saudi Aramco especially for their generous contribution to the THIMUN Foundation.”

AOC_UN1 Saudi Ambassador to the Netherlands Abdullah Abdulaziz Alshagrood shakes hands with the student carrying the Saudi flag during the opening ceremony of THIMUN.

After the ceremony, the Saudi Aramco delegation met students from the American International School of Jiddah and the British International School of Jiddah, who participated in the conference. Al-Khayyal encouraged the students to have a great time and to communicate with other students from all over the world during THIMUN.

“It is a great pleasure to know that Saudi Aramco is part of this event, which provides students an amazing opportunity to discuss issues and find solutions,” Al-Khayyal said. “I am honored to be at the opening ceremony and meet all the students from Saudi Arabia.”

Students from the international schools were excited to meet the Saudi ambassador to The Netherlands and members of the Saudi Aramco delegation and spoke about participating in THIMUN.

“I am very lucky to have been selected to attend THIMUN. I look forward to working with students from all over the world and learning from each other,” said Ahd Niazy, a student from the American International School.

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