William Bremkamp Graduates from Beacon College

10 December 2012 | 2 comments | Graduations & Retirements | by

William Bremkamp

Annuitants Steve and Patty Bremkamp are proud to announce their son, William Bremkamp’s graduation from Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems and was a member of the Scholastic Honorary, Gamma Beta Phi Society. He was also a member of the Lambda Epsilon Omega fraternity.

William resides in Loveland, Colorado and is employed at IBM in Boulder, Colorado.

SAEEA Monthly Meeting Minutes for December 2012

10 December 2012 | 3 comments | Pakistan | by Iqbal Ahmed Khan

Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees AssociationGhulam Qutubuddin Khan, Shafiq A. Khan, Kamal A. Farooqi, Engr. Iqbal Khan and Mohammad Abdul Matin

The monthly progress meeting of Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association (SAEEA) Sindh based was held on December 05, 2012. The attendees were as follows:


  • Kamal Ahmed Farooqi
  • Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan
  • Ghulam Qutubuddin Khan
  • Mohammad Abdul Matin
  • Shafiq Ahmed Khan
Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association

Following are the highlights:

  • Kamal A. Farooqi explained the activities during the month of November 2012. SAEEA forthcoming 6th Reunion function is scheduled to be held on December 14, 2012. KAF discussed the procedure to follow during the function to make the event a great success.
  • KAF reviewed accounts details and made certain suggestions to enable and present the same to all SAEEA members soon.
    SAEEA Bye-Laws are almost in final stage. However, all office bearers suggested few more points to be included. The final draft will be posted on the website for all members soon.
  • Possibility of issuing Membership Cards was also discussed. Shafiq Ahmed Khan is working on this task and will come back soon with his recommendations.
  • It was decided to distribute 2013 SAEEA Calendar to all Members.
  • KAF and other office bearers to meet the Ladies Representative to discuss the possibility of enhancing the ladies activities.
    Kamal Farooqi offered dua for all the sick SAEEA members and magfarat dua for those two members who left us during the last month.

If you have any question or comments then please call Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan on +92-321-701-4929 or write on iqbalkhan.2010@live.com.

Cultural Program Opens in Al-Hasa

5 December 2012 | 1 comment | Saudi Aramco News | by

Saudi Aramco News

Saudi Aramco’s gas flare reduction program received special recognition in London on Oct. 24 during a two-day global forum on the topic.

Through the years, Saudi Aramco has a history of conducting successful programs designed to enlighten and entertain citizens and visitors throughout the Kingdom. From Dhahran to Riyadh and Jiddah to Ras Tanura, the company has extended its special brand of corporate social responsibility with a series of cultural programs that have been embraced by those who visit and take part in them.

This year, the company turned to the famous oasis at al-Hasa as the destination of its popular cultural offering. On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Cultural Program was launched at King Abdullah Environmental Cultural Park in the presence of al-Hasa Gov. HH Prince Badr Bin Muhammad Bin Jalawi; Saudi Aramco senior vice president of Upstream Amin H. Nasser; and a number of government officials, area businessmen and several members of executive management at Saudi Aramco.

About 5,000 people filled the park for the kickoff of the event, which will run through Dec. 20.

“We in Saudi Aramco are always keen to communicate to our community through programs and events throughout the year, including the Cultural Program that has achieved great success in Dhahran, Riyadh and Jiddah,” Nasser said. “Today, it starts in the province of al-Hasa, and we hope its people will take advantage of it and enjoy it.”

The al-Hasa Cultural Program contains a variety of activities to suit all tastes and ages and meet the educational and recreational needs of visitors.

Large tents dotted the parks landscape and inside, workshops are offered on topics such as art, calligraphy, folklore and crafts. There are also interactive displays on dinosaurs, mangrove ecosystems, traffic safety and the history of Saudi Aramco.

The al-Hasa Cultural Program will receive visitors in two shifts through Dec. 20. The morning shift is for public and private school children to visit, with the evening sessions open to everyone.

Gas Flare Efforts Recognized

5 December 2012 | 0 comments | Saudi Aramco News | by

Saudi Aramco News

Saudi Aramco’s gas flare reduction program received special recognition in London on Oct. 24 during a two-day global forum on the topic.

Hosted by the Global Gas Flare Reduction (GGFR) Partnership in association with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank, the forum brought together the oil majors and national oil companies (NOCs) to examine successes and challenges associated with improving the environment through minimizing the practice of flaring wells around the globe.

The objective was to mark the 10th anniversary of the World Bank-led GGFR Partnership, review past activities, successes and challenges to gas flaring reduction and to determine the way forward for years to come. The World Bank issued a challenge to all oil producers to join global efforts on reducing gas flaring by 2017.

Saudi Aramco was one of the five platinum sponsors, along with BP, Chevron, Statoil and Total. The theme of the forum was “10 Years of GGFR Partnership — Scaling up Flaring Reduction & Gas Utilization for Development.”

Gas Operations vice president Ahmad A. Al-Saadi delivered a keynote address on “10 years of GGFR partnerships — The Saudi Aramco Journey.”

“In line with the GGFR Partnership, Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Arabian government are cooperating closely to redirect flared associated gas and to optimize this valuable resource’s beneficial uses,” Al-Saadi told a crowd of more than 200 forum delegates. “But to reach that point, we first had to overcome challenges like virtually eliminating flaring while continuing to meet the global demand for crude oil. I believe our approach is worth sharing, as a strategy for organizations addressing similar concerns.”

Al-Saadi later took part in a panel debate along with senior representatives from the World Bank, Chevron, Statoil and the Minister of Hydrocarbons from the Republic of Congo.

At an awards banquet, Saudi Aramco garnered a special award for “Excellence in Gas Flare Reduction Program.” Al-Saadi accepted the award on behalf of the company and recognized all those parties who contributed to the program and brought it to its successful fruition.

“Saudi Aramco has been a pioneer in terms of reducing flaring and developing gas utilization projects, and thanks to their visionary policies, they have not only successfully avoided millions of tons of CO2 emissions, but they have also created thousands of jobs, by developing a huge gas related industry,” GGFR manager Bent Svensson said of the company. “This is a model for other countries in their approach to gas flaring reduction.”

For further information on the GGFR or World Bank: www.worldbank.org/ggfr

Read, Watch and Listen to the 2012 Arab – U.S. Policymakers Conference

4 December 2012 | 0 comments | Special Interest | by

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ 21st Annual Arab-U.S. Policymakers Conference, “Arab-U.S. Relations Amidst Transition within Constancy: Implications for American and Arab Interests and Policies,” took place October 25-26, 2012 in Washington, DC. Transcripts, video recordings, and podcasts from the conference are available through this link: http://ncusar.org/auspc/2012.

Topics include:

  • Change without Progress in Middle East
  • The Unprecedented Emergence of the Aviation Sector in the GCC
  • Defense Cooperation Dynamics: Enhancing Regional Security
  • Keynote Address by HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal
  • Energy: Policymaking Dynamics of Sources, Supply, and Security
  • Policymaking Considerations Regarding Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: Iraq and Syria
  • Policymaking Concerns Related To Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: Arab North Africa
  • Saudi Arabian U.S. Relations: A View from Riyadh
  • Arab-U.S. Relations: A View from the League of Arab States
  • Policy Challenges Pertaining To Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: The Palestinian Future
  • Policymaking Opportunities and Lessons Learned From Regional Geo-Political Dynamics: The Arabian Peninsula (GCC Countries and Yemen)
  • Egyptian-U.S. Relations: A View from Cairo
  • Arab-U.S. Economic Relations: A View from Washington
  • Policymaking Opportunities in Business, Finance, and Human Resource Development
  • American and Arab Policy Successes and Shortcomings Regarding the Regional Geo-Political Dynamics of Iran
  • Arab-U.S. Relations: Views from the Arab Media

For more information visit National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations.