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Al-Falih Delivers Keynote Speech at World Energy Congress

20 September 2010 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

DHAHRAN, September 13, 2010 — Khalid A. Al-Falih, president and chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco, today delivered the keynote speech “Accessibility and Acceptability: Striking the Balance for an Optimal Energy Future” at the 21st World Energy Congress in Montreal, Canada.

Khalid A. Al-Falih Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih addresses the World Energy Congress in Montreal.Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih addresses the World Energy Congress in Montreal.

The triennial World Energy Congress is an international multi-energy forum, organized by the London-based World Energy Council (WEC), and brings together an international spectrum of government ministers and officials, leaders and captains of industries to engage in constructive dialogue about global energy challenges.

The Congress is focusing on the key themes of Accessibility, Availability, Acceptability and Responsibility. Close to 200 speakers from 52 countries will address 5,500 delegates at the Congress from Sept. 12-16.

In his keynote speech, Al-Falih addressed the global challenges confronting the energy industry and the need to provide affordable energy for future generations. He stated with a pragmatic yet optimistic note:

“The forces of progress and development will be sustained in the future, and our planet’s population will grow in the coming decades.

Consequently, we will have to meet the world’s increased energy needs, and do so in the most responsible manner,” Al-Falih said.

Al-Falih stressed that the world will continue to rely on traditional fossil fuels to power economic development for decades to come. It is important to note, he added, that investments in the development of petroleum and in the technologies to make it affordable have helped to generate an unprecedented century of progress and prosperity.

Future generations would need all types of energy sources, and while the development of alternative and renewable energy sources is required, Al-Falih said that a pragmatic approach is necessary to create realistic and rational models of sustainability for future generations.

In that regard, he called for a multi-faceted framework, which better captures the practical reality of acceptability. In his speech, Al-Falih shared Saudi Aramco’s experience and its wide range of activities and contributions in upstream, downstream, research and development to meet the world’s energy’s challenges today, tomorrow and for future generations.

Throughout its more than 75-year history, Saudi Aramco has continued to promote a strong culture of operational excellence, environmental stewardship and safety in all aspects of its operations, Al-Falih said in his address to an audience of key world energy industry leaders.

“Over the next five years, we are undertaking perhaps the most ambitious capital program in the petroleum industry, with an increasing proportion of those funds directed to the gas and downstream oil sectors,” he elaborated.

“The positive impact of these massive investments will continue to be felt for many decades, and our capital program is designed to allow us to play our role vigorously and responsibly in furthering the supply of vital hydrocarbons to the world,” Al-Falih added.

In his closing remarks, Al-Falih lauded the World Energy Council’s work in furthering the global energy dialogue and told the delegates that today’s decisions and actions must seriously consider long-term implications, and those actions must achieve the best possible optimal balance and results to benefit the greatest number of people around the globe.

For the full text of the speech, please visit Khalid A. Al-Falih Speech.

Students Act Globally

13 September 2010 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

DHAHRAN, September 08, 2010 — “Inspiring the Next Generation” was the heart of the program that took a group of Saudi and UK students to Kenya in early August. Aramco Overseas Co. (AOC) UK coordinated with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and Earthwatch, one of the world’s leading environmental nonprofit organizations, to give the students a chance to work alongside professionals on a ground-breaking research project.

Students Act Globally A Saudi student interviews a tribeswoman on her knowledge of the medicinal plants in Kenya’s Samburu region. Her visit was part of a program organized by AOC, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and Earthwatch to help in groundbreaking research.

The students were selected based on such criteria as their knowledge on environmental issues and their plan for sharing their experience of the expedition.

The seven female Saudi and British students began their eight-day expedition in Kenya to research medicinal plants in the remote Samburu region.

The students worked with representatives from Kenyatta University to research plants in Samburu used to treat illnesses. They engaged in research tasks ranging from locating the plants in their natural form to interviewing the locals on their knowledge of the plants and their medicinal purposes.

The group documented more than 60 plant species used to treat diseases, including tuberculosis and malaria. “All the research tasks are interesting because they are all linked. I never expected to see so many plants. The things that we have learned from the locals are pretty impressive,” said Saudi student Maisam Al-Ahmed. “(The locals) turned out to know more things than we would know in a million years,” she added. “They have information that we have never heard of, and it’s very useful knowledge.”

Students Act Globally Students record research data on their findings of medicinal plants in the Samburu region.

Masisam’s parents spoke of their desire for their daughter to participate in the Kenya expedition. “We wanted our daughter to experience new challenges and skills, grow her interest in science, and finally give her a sense of independence and responsibility.”

With the King Abdulaziz Center’s focus on cross-cultural engagement, the expeditions were the perfect platform to allow the students to learn from each other. “We felt the trip was a wonderful opportunity for the students to build cultural foundations,” said Center director Fuad Al-Therman.

AOC Public Relations supervisor Luai Al-Subaiey added: “Feedback from students and parents has been very positive. We hope the environmental lessons and life experience will stay with them forever.”

Foundations Poured for King Abdulaziz Center

13 September 2010 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, September 06, 2010 — The development of an iconic cultural landmark passed a major milestone earlier this month, as the first concrete foundations were poured for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.

Saudi Oger, the main construction contractor for the unique project, began the foundations after several months of site excavation and preparation work.

Foundations Poured for King Abdulaziz Center An artist’s rendering of the completed center.

Also this month, an advanced technology contract was awarded on August 23 to Korea-based global technology leader Samsung, with a scope covering design of integrated applications, a data center, intelligent building management system, and technology-intensive exhibits to be designed with Atelier Bruckner of Germany.

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, generally referred to as the Center, is a forward-looking Saudi Aramco initiative scheduled to be completed by year-end 2012. The Center will consist of several institutions under one roof, including a 21st Century library, museum, children’s museum, archive, theater, multimedia theater, youth creativity center, a great hall for international traveling exhibits, a lifelong learning facility, and an environmental garden.

The Center was designed by Snøhetta, the world renowned Norwegian architectural firm, which was awarded the design work after winning an international competition that included top-tier Saudi and international design firms.

“The commencement of the Center’s construction is a proud moment for us,” said Nasser A. Al-Nafisee, general manager of Saudi Aramco Public Affairs. “For over 75 years, Saudi Aramco has been committed to making significant contributions toward the betterment of the nation, and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture will be one of the most visible and creative manifestations of that commitment, extending not just to the people of the Kingdom, but around the world.”

Foundations Poured for King Abdulaziz Center First foundations are being poured for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran.

“This stage of construction marks a key milestone in the progress of this extraordinary project, which we hope will be one of the world’s wonders,” said Fuad F. Al-Therman, director of the Center. “We envision the Center as a world wonder not only because of its exceptional architecture and engineering, but also because of the way it connects with society to advance knowledge, creativity, and cross-cultural engagement.”

Al-Therman says the Center is envisaged to fulfill various goals in the Saudi community and the world at large: to be a catalyst for cultural and social progress, a repository and disseminator of knowledge, a platform for creative expression, a facilitator of civic service and cross-cultural engagement, and a forum for social interaction, new ideas and dialogue.

Participants Learn About Themselves

13 September 2010 | comments (0) | Saudi Aramco News | by

DHAHRAN, September 08, 2010 — “Sighting!” yelled Nienke van Geel, a marine mammal scientist with Earthwatch. A group of seven students, Earthwatch representatives and Scottish locals had spotted a reclusive Minke whale as part of an expedition to record data on that species as well as local common dolphin, basking sharks and seal populations.

Participants Learn About Themselves Saudi and U.K. students brave the weather on an Earthwatch project in Scotland.

“Being on the vessel for the better part of 10 days made us all feel a bit cramped, but whenever we made a sighing, it would make our pulse race as we all would jump up into action,” said Hussain Alabdullatif remembering the experience.

The Saudi student was one of 12 chosen from Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom to participate in Earthwatch’s “Inspiring the Next Generation” program. Supported by Saudi Aramco, the public relations team at Aramco Overseas Co. U.K. collaborated with The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture on the project. All participants were required to submit an application that tested their knowledge of the environment.

With the Cultural Center’s objective of promoting education, cultural development and environmental awareness among youth in the Kingdom, the competition, aimed at 16- to 17-year-olds, reflected the center’s belief that “youth are a great influence on youth.”

Participants Learn About Themselves Saudi and U.K. students spot dolphins off the Herbridian coast on their Earthwatch expedition.

As supervisor and Earthwatch facilitator, James Jackson accompanied the students. “Throughout the 10 days spent together,” he said, “the young men gained confidence in their abilities, deepened their understanding of environmental issues, and most importantly, they were able to learn a great deal about themselves and other cultures, which is one of the key aspects of this project.”

“What made this trip more special was sharing it with Tom and Magnus (two U.K. students), as we became fast friends teaching them card games such as our famous ‘Baloot,’ and working together to cook suppers. Hussain and I even tried our hand at making kabsa one time,” said fellow Saudi student Abdulrahman Al-Hashim.

The success of the trip has ensured the support of Saudi Aramco in 2011 for other similar expeditions. “With Saudi Aramco and the Saudi community, projects like these are able to make a substantial difference for the environment, which is something that we as a company advocate on an ongoing basis, especially with youth groups,” said AOC UK Public Relations supervisor Luai Al-Subaiey.

(Article by Laura Baker)

Alaela Fall 2010

10 September 2010 | comments (0) | Other Aramco Magazines | by

Alaela, “Family,” is a twice-yearly magazine produced for annuitants, families and friends of Saudi Aramco and Aramco Overseas Company (AOC) as well as its associated companies by AOC B.V. Please enjoy downloading the PDF files of the current and past issues ofAlaela.

Alaela Fall – 2010

The 3rd Ukaramcons Reunion was held over four days in Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning on Thursday, July 29, and finishing on Sunday, August 1. Between two evening meals and a golf tournament, the reunion dinner took centre stage on Saturday evening, July 31.

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