Category Archive: Pipeline
Nicotine, a highly addictive substance that occurs naturally in tobacco, should not be your only concern when it comes to smoking.
Cigarette smoke contains a staggering 600 ingredients, 4,000 chemicals (43 of which are known as carcinogenic) and about 400 other toxins. Even 30 minutes of exposure to smoke from someoneís cigarette can reduce blood flow in your heart. This means as a nonsmoker, your exposure to second-hand smoke is linked to a 25 percent increased risk of heart disease and a 30 percent increased risk of lung cancer.
Cigars, water pipe tobacco (known as shisha or hookah) smoking, chewing tobacco or other forms of smokeless tobacco are not safer options.
If you are a smoker, live or work with someone who smokes, where can you get support or reliable advice? The answer is QuitWell, SAM-SOís smoking cessation program. QuitWell has been helping Aramcons quit since 2005.
QuitWell provides ongoing support to keep motivated and increase self-esteem through a proactive participation program. It also teaches problem-solving and coping skills.
Nonsmokers and dependents can learn more about smoking and the effects of passive smoking, while employees can train to become smoking-cessation facilitators by completing a peer training and support program through the wellcare champions certification course.
SAMSO has successfully transformed all company operated facilities ó including the following Health Centers: Dhahran, Ras Tanura, Al-Hasa, Abqaiq and ëUdhailiyah ó into smoke-free facilities and grounds through employee citizenship and empowerment.
In the interest of public health, Saudi Arabia banned smoking in airports in 2011 and in all government offices, restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets and shopping centers in 2012, which included water-pipe smoking in public places and the sale of tobacco to those under the age of 18.
In June, the Industrial Training Center (ITC) became a smoke-free zone. As one ITC staff member said: ìIt took several attempts for me to stop smoking, but I have now been a nonsmoker for a few years and feel better for it. Since ITC became a smoke-free zone, I like to go out and sit on the bench knowing the area will be free of stale smoke and ugly cigarette butts. I am proud ITC is a smoke-free zone.î
Do you really need more reasons to quit?
Contact Wafa Azmi, Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Preventive Medicine, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877 8080 and learn how to quit with confidence, become a smoking cessation facilitator or set up smoking cessation programs in your area.
For details of the QuitWell program, employees can visit the website at http://samso > Health Education > Smoking Cessation (QuitWell). For more Healthy Living information, employees can visit the website at: http://samso > Announcements: Whatís New in SAMSO > Healthy Living page in The Arabian Sun.
The Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center (Wa’ed) has announced the establishment of the Wa’ed Entrepreneur Network.
This consists of a number of entrepreneurs who received funding for their projects and initiatives or were approved for such funding and have been able to establish new businesses, develop existing ones or are in the process of establishing other businesses through the financial support, counseling, training and support of Wa’ed.
The announcement came at the Wa’ed 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Meeting held recently at the Plaza Hall in Dhahran. The network strives to create a special group of entrepreneurs, giving them the opportunity to get to know each other for potential joint cooperation and sharing of personal experiences. As the network expands, the members’ interaction and collaboration with each other is designed to improve the economic value created by such entrepreneurs, effectively contributing to the growth of the Kingdom’s national economy and diversification of its resources.
Jamal Al-Naboulsi, Wa’ed executive director, opened the meeting expressing his thanks and appreciation to entrepreneurs for their trust in Wa’ed and for the efforts they have exerted to develop the entrepreneurial sector in the Kingdom.
He highlighted the vision behind the establishment of the Wa’ed Entrepreneur Network, its objectives and the various methods currently adopted by Wa’ed to boost the entrepreneurial sector’s development and progress. He presented the most important developments and improvements that have been recently implemented in Wa’ed operations and new activities that have been added to its portfolio, such as the Venture Capital Program, SME Energy Efficiency Initiative and in-Kingdom Entrepreneurship Environment Development Initiative.
Al-Naboulsi also encouraged entrepreneurs to submit their proposals to improve performance based on their personal experience with Wa’ed as ambassadors for the program, while in addition urging them to encourage those they know who have promising business ideas to contact the center for support.
Wa’ed will provide a package of incentive awards for entrepreneurs in coming meetings to promote competitiveness on entrepreneurs’ quality of projects and achieve the ambitious objectives held by the company, such as highest Saudization percentage within the facility.
Officials gave several presentations and remarks on Wa’ed’s programs and activities, such as the Venture Capital Initiative, SME Energy Efficiency Initiative, improvements highlighted on the Wa’ed website, as well as the Entrepreneurship Environment Development Initiative. At the meeting’s conclusion, a membership certificate was presented to all new Wa’ed members.
Wa’ed officials intend to conduct the Entrepreneur Network Meeting biannually and invite companies that maintain strategic partnerships with Saudi Aramco or with Wa’ed. These guests would have the opportunity to meet Wa’ed members, get to know their potential and consider possible future business relationships. New entrepreneurs will be presented at each meeting, and success stories of current members will be narrated.
The meeting was attended by Saudi Aramco officials, including Nabeel A. Al-Jama‘, acting executive director of Materials Supply, in addition to officials from Schlumberger, Siemens, GE and Sada.
After four months of intense classroom lessons and shadow training in the field in hot and humid conditions, nine young YASREF professionals celebrated the completion of their training at the Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas with a graduation ceremony.
A joint venture between Saudi Refining, Inc. and a Shell Oil affiliate, Motiva Enterprises recently implemented a program to train Saudi refining professionals to operate state-of-the-art equipment similar to that being installed at the YASREF refinery, where the trainees will work. YASREF, located in Yanbu’, is a joint venture company owned by Saudi Aramco and the China Petrochemical Corp. (Sinopec) under construction.
Before the trainees — who chose to wear their beige YASREF uniforms and Motiva ball caps in lieu of caps and gowns — received their certificates, they were praised for their accomplishments. “We look forward to you contributing to the success of this refinery,” said Mohammad Alshammari, president and CEO of YASREF, whose presence underscored their importance to the success of YASREF. “It is going to be yours to carry forward.”
Arranging the training required a lot of creative planning and a tri-lateral agreement between YASREF, Aramco Services Co. (ASC) and Motiva. “Thank you for making this happen,” said Mohsin Al-Shayban, manager of Refinery Operations at YASREF, to the Motiva staff.
The young professionals, mostly in their early 20s, were the second of three groups who have come to Port Arthur this year to learn how to operate and maintain a delayed coker unit, which heats residual oil from the refining process to maximize the recovery of valuable liquid hydrocarbons primarily used for fuel.
The coker unit they will be operating will be the first to be completed at YASREF in early 2014.
“I’m very excited to finish and thankful for the leadership to give us this chance to be here and to be training on this unit,” said Abdullah Almasuodi, 21. “We learned everything. Not just in the training, even outside. We learned a lot of culture.”
His peer Shaman Alzahrani, 21, expressed gratitude for his instructor, Jay Reed, for opening his home to him and his group. “We learned more than processing and equipment. We know good people here. People opened their lives to us, like Jay,” he said, adding he feels well prepared to work at YASREF. “I’m looking forward to using my experiences that I learned here.”
Jaime Husen, coker unit production manager at Motiva, worked with the trainees on a daily basis. “I never heard any complaints,” she said. “They are ambassadors of this company and of their country, and they have represented both very well.”
In addition to receiving certificates, the graduates also received clear acrylic blocks containing suspended pieces of black coke.
Currently, the third group of trainees is at Motiva and expected to graduate in December. While YASREF employees help prepare them for their training abroad, ASC ensures the trainees’ safety and transportation through its Career Development and Project and Support groups.
More than 560 professionals and 54 speakers from the gas and oil industry participated in the second International Conference and Exhibition on Best Practices in Pipeline Operations and Integrity Management held on Oct. 20-23.
HE Shaikh Ahmed Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa, Bahrain Minister of Finance and the Minister in Charge of Oil and Gas Affairs, and Chairman of the National Oil and Gas Authority, inaugurated the conference and exhibition.
The theme of the event, for which Saudi Aramco was a platinum elite sponsor, was “Unleashing the Power of Sharing Best Practices in Proactive Pipeline Integrity Management and Technologies.”
The conference featured a multitrack technical program consisting of 54 presentations in various subjects related to pipelines including design, construction, materials, offshore, operation and maintenance, repair and rehabilitation, asset integrity management, inspection, corrosion, automation and control.
A set of pre-conference technical workshops was organized on Sunday, Oct. 20, delivered by Saudi Aramco and international experts in five important pipelines-related topics: in-line inspection, pipelines valves, microbiological corrosion, external corrosion and stress corrosion cracking.
Also, 49 companies and industry associations participated in the exhibition. Saudi Aramco participated in the exhibition that reflected the event theme: “Best Practices in Pipeline Operations and Integrity Management.”
The exhibitors came from around the world, representing some of the major pipeline engineering firms and service providers.
Abdulrahman F. Al-Wuhaib, senior vice president of Downstream, said in his keynote speech that Saudi Aramco’s Accelerated Transformation Program will present opportunities to the pipeline industry. As the company continues with its oil and gas operations and produces new products, Saudi Aramco will install an impressive number of new pipelines to transport those materials.
Al-Wuhaib said that in the past decade, Saudi Aramco procured the majority of the pipelines from locally based manufacturers.
“We intend to extend this success to create more jobs and wealth in the Kingdom,” he said. “The new investment in pipelines and integrity management presents a tremendous opportunity for locally based manufacturers and service providers to make our supply chain shorter and more reliable.”
Engineers and workers will build these new pipelines with the latest technologies, Al-Wuhaib said. As the company expands its research and development capabilities, it will build on its strong foundation in building pipelines and conceive and design new technologies to improve operations.
He noted that the company has already earned patents for pipeline technology. Al-Wuhaib said that professionals in Saudi Aramco are in a strong position to innovate new pipeline technologies because they have the experience and are well aware of the challenges in the field.
“The best innovation often comes about not in a remote lab, but in the field with real-time conditions and experiences,” Al-Wuhaib added. “Pipelines are the world’s energy lifeline, and this conference will help to make them stronger and more reliable.”
Abdulhakim Al-Gouhi, general manager of Pipelines, underscored the importance of the event to reinforce existing business relations and start new ones. “We are here today because we believe that we can unleash the power of collaboration and sharing best practices in proactive pipeline integrity management and technologies.”
When the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) award was presented to Saudi Aramco’s iThra Youth initiative by the Qatar Foundation at the 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education on Oct. 30, iThra Youth joined a list of only 36 initiatives singled out since 2009 as one of the “best novel solutions to the challenges facing education in the world.”
Needless to say, this was a seminal moment for a team that didn’t even exist two years ago. It was then that the iThra Youth team at Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture was asked to design a strategy to address an increasingly important gap in science and math learning styles and critical thinking among Saudi youth.
Two years later, Khalid Al-Yahya, head of iThra Youth, and his young 10-member iThra team have used their innovative learning approach to propel a suite of i-programs across the Kingdom to the world stage. What was the team’s secret? Delivering inspiration across multiple platforms and formats. They call it their transmedia approach.
The team studied inspiration, analyzed it and excelled at it; and after thorough analysis, they created their own definition of “inspirational experience.”
Today, an iThra Youth program has as its base module a 20-hour carefully crafted, engaging, state-of-the-art, certificate-based and aesthetically pleasing art-science activity.
That vision led to the first iThra Youth program, iSpark, a mobile outreach science program that would travel across Saudi Arabia right to the doors of selected schools where trained facilitators and educators would provide “modular experiences” designed to convert the traditional rote assimilation of science and math knowledge into personal discovery.
When the program was piloted, it was successful beyond expectations, attracting 5,000 applicants for 1,000 places. iSpark now travels to schools across the Kingdom and, at the end of each program, celebrates the graduation of 1,000 students (boys and girls) in various cities. To date, iSpark has reached almost 12,000 students and 43 schools, delivering in the process 85,960 learning hours.
Early in 2013, iDiscover’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related math and science camps joined iSpark, enriching 2,000 male and female ninth-graders through hands-on workshops that build confidence, skills and intellectual capacity.
iDiscover has also trained 1,000 math and science teachers in educational technologies and hands-on, experiential approaches to teaching.
In September 2013, the iThra team launched iRead, a competition currently being piloted in the Eastern Province with the goal of sparking a love of reading across Saudi Arabia. The Reader of the Year book and photography competition again exceeded expectations, with young community members submitting more than 2,000 writing and 6,000 photo entries.
Referring to its programs as ithra’ing — or enriching — the nation, the iThra Youth team credits its success to the innovative mix of media and inspiration that has become its trademark.
iThra Youth is well on its way to its overarching transmedia goal of reaching two million Saudi youth by 2020.