With financial contributions from employees, Saudi Aramco began distributing tablets to children from low-income families.
In an effort to spread knowledge across the Kingdom, Saudi Aramco employees were offered to partake in a campaign to provide more than 13,000 students with tablets. For two months, employees donated generously with their money to support the company’s initiative.
The project was a collaboration between Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Huawei Tech Investment Saudi Arabia Co. Ltd., DHL and Takaful Charity Foundation, which dedicates its resources to helping students from low-income families succeed.
Khalid A. Al-Falih, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, applauded employees for their donations to a campaign that embodies the spirit of giving. “At Saudi Aramco, we believe that education, like water and oxygen, is a right for everyone, and it is one of the essential foundations for our citizenship efforts that we take pride in and work on cementing in our goals and objectives. When we invest in education, we nourish a generation that will lead the way with their passions and aspirations.”, he said.
The Gift of Knowledge is an extension of the School Kit Campaign, which provided students with school bags and supplies for the past 12 years. Al-Falih supported the evolution of the campaign and said the tablets would allow students to learn through discovery and educational programs that will broaden their horizons and strengthen their desire to learn.
Saudi Aramco recently signed a contract with the Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation to design and build a Master Gas System Booster Gas Compression Station.
The massive project will help to deliver sales gas produced in the Eastern Province to customers in the western region of the Kingdom such as King Abdullah Economic City, the growing petrochemicals complex at Petro Rabigh and the Independent Power Plant on the West Coast.
By committing to this massive project, Saudi Aramco is supporting the company’s corporate strategy to ensure a reliable supply of sales gas to meet the energy demands of the Kingdom’s growing industrial sector.
The Master Gas program will also diversify the company’s portfolio of local energy consumption and reduce reliance on liquid fuel. Shifting local energy consumption from liquid fuels to natural gas will not only make good economic sense by maximizing fuel-cost savings but it will also have a positive impact on the environment. This will also benefit the Kingdom’s economy by increasing the volume of liquid fuel supply available for worldwide export.
“This is a very big project and very important to the Kingdom,” said Fahad Al-Helal, vice president of Saudi Aramco’s Project Management Team during the signing ceremony. “With this project, we will be taking the gas produced in the eastern regions and delivering sales gas to the western part of the country, which will aid their economic growth.”
The Master Gas System Booster Gas Compression Station project will greatly expand the capacity of the East-West Pipeline system to deliver sales gas around the Kingdom, from its current capacity of 8.4 billion standard cubic feet per day (SCFD) to 9.6 billion SCFD by year end of 2016. By 2018, that capacity will increase further to 12.5 billion SCFD.
The first two phases entail the installation of hundreds of kilometers of pipe branching off and along the East/West Pipeline, construction of three compression station facilities, and residential facilities. The project will also introduce, for the first time in the company, an integrated waste-heat recovery system for power generation.
Fostering a culture of technology-based entrepreneurship in the Kingdom to meet the increasing need for potable water.
This year Aramco Entrepreneurship Center (AEC) and GE’s innovation center “Ecomagination” launched a global competition in the area of seawater desalination, with a particular focus on using renewable energy. It has already attracted a wide variety of proposals, applying multidisciplinary fields from 32 countries with 108 proposals and more than 15,000 site visits.
The initiative received significant support from HE Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim, the Governor of the state-owned Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), as well as from Saudi Aramco’s Power Systems organization.
Saudi Arabia has few natural water resources, and it depends upon an extensive infrastructure of costly and energy-intensive water desalination plants and rapidly depleting ground water reserves to meet its fast-growing water needs. The country is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water, pumping more than 1 billion cubic meters a year via nearly 2,000 miles of pipelines. Over 50 cities and distribution centers in Saudi Arabia receive their water from these plants.
Current desalination techniques are very energy intensive. Saudi Arabia is burning the equivalent of 1.5 million barrels per day of fuel to power its desalination processes. An increase in energy efficiency or a reduction in consumption is the key to ensuring that the country receives the most value for its natural resources.
The global competition addresses this critical area and potentially presents alternatives from key experts around the world to expand the technology options to consider for SWCC and other Kingdom-based organizations to develop, leverage and deploy in the future, empowering regional entrepreneurship.
The Sinochem Quanzhou Refinery in South China’s Fujian province recently received its first shipment of Saudi Aramco crude oil.
The crude shipment of Arabian Medium and Arabian Heavy is the first ever oil the refinery purchased since it officially went into operation in July on the back of a successful trial run early this year.
“The delivery will help us enhance our role as a responsible and reliable energy supplier worldwide as we have been stably powering the world with our energy products,” said Abdallah Al-Subaiyyal, acting president of Aramco Asia. “We are committed to fulfilling our obligations and intend to do so for the future.”
The Very Large Crude Oil Carrier (VLCC) Mt Ingrid carrying the crude oil arrived at Quanzhou Huanggan Port in the South China Fujian province on August 19 after a 22-day voyage. The tanker started unloading the oil upon arrival.
State-backed Sinochem first began doing business with Saudi Aramco back in the 1990s. The newly started refinery, a fully owned Sinochem subsidiary with a capacity of 240,000 barrels per day (bpd), can produce gasoline and diesel that meet Euro V standards.
Sinochem updated its Crude Oil Sales Agreement (COSA) with Saudi Aramco in May to import 540,000 bpd of Arabian Medium and Arabian Heavy crude oil before its Quanzhou refinery began operations in July.
The volume of this specific shipment is about 2 million barrels. This specific VLCC is the first of a new increment of supply to China. Quanzhou refinery added an additional 54,000 bpd to Sinochem’s existing COSA with Saudi Aramco taking it from 45,000 to 99,000 barrels per day.
The world’s largest chemicals manufacturing facility built in a single phase, Sadara Chemical Co., is in the home stretch toward the production of its first products in 2015. Reaching the finish line on time is crucial to the project’s overall success, and it will require the commitment of manpower and resources from every contracting company currently working on the project.
That was the message conveyed by Saudi Aramco president and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih and Dow Chemical Co. CEO Andrew N. Liveris at the Sadara CEO Summit held in Jubail on Sept. 16. It was also a celebration of achievements, including news that the Sadara project is 70 percent completed. The next crucial stage is planning for future challenges in the weeks and months ahead.
With more than 40 CEOs gathered from some of the top global engineering and construction companies, Al-Falih, Liveris, and other company officials speaking at the event agreed it was clear the Sadara project was well on the way to delivering on its promise of being a game-changer for the Saudi economy.
Launched in November 2011 and scheduled to become operational in 2015, Sadara will be a big part of Saudi Aramco’s strategy to diversify the Kingdom’s economy, creating business opportunities for Saudi entrepreneurs and jobs for thousands of talented Saudis.
In a league of its own
“Sadara is probably the planet’s most complex engineering undertaking — not just now, but at any time,” Al-Falih said. “Whether it’s scale, complexity, advanced technology or economic and commercial impact, it is in a league of its own.”
Al-Falih said that the project has come a long way from last year. Last year at this time, Sadara was at 30 percent completion. This year, it is above 70 percent complete. “The next 30 percent is what people will remember: how we finish, when we finish, and what the result is of the facilities we finish.”
Al-Falih urged contractors to redouble their efforts and work together as a team to ensure that Sadara remains on schedule. “What we do want is to bring Sadara to life in the best, most effective and safest manner possible, and the key to that is teamwork,” Al-Falih said.
“We are right now rounding the corner and entering the home stretch, and while our objective is closer than it was, our steps forward are even more critical, requiring greater determination and a higher level of cooperation among all our partners,” Al-Falih said. “If we can achieve that, we will establish an industrial landmark that will contribute to prosperity for generations to come, and put your companies’ names and our names in the history books.”
Once built, Sadara will have the capacity to produce 3 million tons per year of high quality chemical products such as polyethylene, propylene oxide, elastomers, glycol ethers, amines, isocyanates and polyether polyols, many of which have never previously been produced in the Kingdom. The creation of Sadara will not only create hundreds of jobs for Saudis at the plant itself, but it will also create an environment where Saudi entrepreneurs can establish manufacturing companies using those chemical products to make everything from paints and sealants to insulation and auto parts and even toothpaste.
Even at 70 percent of completion, Sadara is a marvel.
By completion, more than 160,000 tons of steel will have been be used in its construction, enough to build two Golden Gate bridges.
Also by completion,1 million cubic feet of concrete will have been poured, enough to build the equivalent of three King Fahd causeways to Bahrain.
2,500 kilometers of pipe have been laid, enough to stretch from Jubail and Jiddah, twice.
All of this has been done with a keen eye toward Saudi Aramco’s corporate value of Safety. As of Sept. 16, a recorded 228,968,755 man hours had been conducted without a reportable injury.
“The world is watching us,” said Liveris. “Customers around the world are watching; they have already signed letters of intent matching more than 100 percent of planned capacity.”
“Our industry is watching as we construct the most incredible industrial complex of our time,” Liveris said. “They know about Saudi Aramco’s incredible reputation, and they know about Dow’s. They believe that if anyone can pull this off, we can.
“Once in a career, once in a lifetime, you have the opportunity to do something truly special,” Liveris said. “I will always remember that I was involved in this special something — that we, together, built Sadara into a force for human progress.”
Saudi Arabia has unique advantages for entering the chemicals business, said Warren W. Wilder, vice president of Chemicals. And Saudi Aramco and Dow are uniquely capable of bringing a project as large as Sadara up and running.
“There’s nothing that stops Saudi Aramco from being successful,” Wilder said. “We have the hydrocarbon resources; we have the capital; we have the operational know-how. Now, it’s just a matter of getting after it.”
Joseph Brewer, the chief program officer for Sadara Chemical, told the audience, “Last year, we were on the verge, it’s like we saw a very large mountain in front of us, but in the past 12 months, as Khalid said, we have accomplished more than 50 percent of the back-end construction, and we should be proud of that.
“But now is not the time to declare victory,” Brewer added. “It’s the time to focus even more and deliver on our commitments.”