Aramco World – September/October 2012

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Aramco World

Saudi Aramco publishes Aramco World six times a year to increase cross-cultural understanding.

The magazine’s goal is to broaden knowledge of the cultures, history and geography of the Arab and Muslim worlds and their connections with the West.

The print edition is distributed without charge, upon request, to a limited number of interested readers worldwide.

Saudi Aramco World - September/October 2012

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Offshore Northern Seas Conference Focuses on Energy

21 September 2012 | 0 comments | Saudi Aramco News | by

Saudi Aramco News Offshore Northern Seas Conference Focuses on Energy

Saudi Aramco’s participation in Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference and exhibition Aug. 28-31 in Stavanger, Norway, brought into focus energy-related geopolitical issues.

Thirty influential government and industry leaders met for the first ONS Summit on Aug. 27. Among those attending was Saudi Aramco’s senior vice president of Industrial Relations Abdulaziz F. Al-Khayyal.

The key influencers were brought together to make a positive difference in the energy industry.

Participants included Ola Borten Moe, Minister of Oil and Energy for Norway, and Mark Dierikx, Director General of Energy for The Netherlands. Following the summit, the ONS conference was officially opened Aug. 28 by King Harald V of Norway.

“Confronting Energy Paradoxes” was the keynote theme, which was debated on the basis of three global challenges:

Prosperity or clean air — or both?

Will technology continue to secure energy supply?

Why not more natural gas?

Al-Khayyal participated on a panel with other energy experts that also included: Helge Lund, president and CEO of Statoil ASA; Peter Voser, chief executive officer Royal Dutch Shell; Maria Van Der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency; and Rudi Rubiandini, vice minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia.

Moderated by Zeinab Badawi of the British Broadcasting Service, the debate saw Al-Khayyal raise five strategies that must align in relation to the first challenge: “First, exploiting vast opportunities to enhance energy efficiency; second, using technology in general to minimize the environmental footprint of fossil energy sources; third, making greater use of cleaner natural gas in the global energy mix; fourth, taking advantage of emergent carbon capture and storage technologies; and fifth, gradually deploying renewable and alternatives to complement vast conventional energy sources and their massive worldwide infrastructure.”

The conference was a key feature of the biennial ONS event, which also provided Saudi Aramco with the opportunity to recruit top talent through workshops. More than 50,000 delegates and 1,300 exhibiting companies ensured the event, established in 1974, remains a major international arena for the promotion and advancement of the offshore energy industry.

Company Employees Learn Mangrove Secrets

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Saudi Aramco News Company Employees Learn Mangrove Secrets

A team of young employees from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) recently swapped their desks for the mangrove forests of Kenya as they embarked on a mangrove study field trip.

As EPD presses on with its program to plant 1 million mangroves across the Kingdom’s East Coast over the next four years, the expedition provided the Saudi Aramco team with valuable insights into mangrove conservation — an important company initiative.

A team of young employees from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) recently swapped their desks for the mangrove forests of Kenya as they embarked on a mangrove study field trip.

As EPD presses on with its program to plant 1 million mangroves across the Kingdom’s East Coast over the next four years, the expedition provided the Saudi Aramco team with valuable insights into mangrove conservation — an important company initiative.

For 12 days, they joined volunteers from the UK, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya as they converged on Gazi Bay, where, just like the Kingdom, mangroves are a crucial element of the local ecosystem.

The trip was organized by UK based Earthwatch, a world renowned environmental charity. Earthwatch receive support from Saudi Aramco through its donation program.

Representing Saudi Aramco and the Kingdom were EPD members Ibrahim Al-Saihati, Muhammad Al-Yousaf and Muaiad Al-Turki.

During the course of the trip, the Saudi Aramco group participated in planting mangroves, conducting field research and collecting scientific data.

The group also received presentations from international mangrove and environmental experts that were often delivered in the field under the shade of mangroves trees.
For the EPD team, the expedition was proof that mangrove conservation is a worldwide concern. Saudi Aramco’s mangrove plantation achievements are part of a global effort to preserve mangroves, which are an essential part of the world’s ecosystems.

The group also noted that mangrove degradation in Kenya is similar to the problems facing the Kingdom’s mangrove habitats.

The expedition reinforced the importance of mangrove ecosystems for human well-being, particularly as a coastline storm protection barrier and their valuable role for the fisheries industry and eco-tourism development.

The EPD group was given the opportunity to present Saudi Aramco’s mangrove conservation efforts to the other participants; eliciting positive feedback and suggestions.

Saudi Aramco’ own mangrove conservation program is spread across four sites in the Eastern Province. Each site will receive 60,000 mangroves annually. After five years, about 1.2 million mangroves will have been planted.

Also, the company has begun the ground work for the Kingdom’s and the region’s first mangrove Eco-park in Ras Tanura. The park is scheduled to be established in 2014 and will cover an area of 62 square kilometers and will include an elevated boardwalk.

EMap Division Wins ESRI Award

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Saudi Aramco News EMap Division Wins ESRI Award

Saudi Aramco recently added to its already impressive track record by winning the distinguished Presidential Award for Executive Leadership in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field from the world leader in GIS systems, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).

This carefully selected tribute was awarded to the eMap Division from among a total of only 10 award winners from nominations worldwide. The selection was in recognition of the GIS strategic vision and leadership that has been shown by Saudi Aramco.
“This leading concept includes a world-class innovation, and that it is a source of inspiration for other projects, both within and outside the Middle East,” said Dean Angelides, director of international operations for ESRI.

The honoring ceremony took place at the annual ESRI Senior Executive Seminar 2012 in San Diego, California, in the United States. The award was presented by Jack Dangermond, president of ESRI, to eMap Division administrator Khalid A. Al-Arfaj.

“The use of GIS has given us new insights into Saudi Aramco’s huge operational area, in hydrocarbon exploration and extraction, safety, emergency management, and to safeguard Saudi Aramco’s vast land assets from encroachment,” said Computer Applications Department (CAD) manager Adel Doulab.

The award comes on top of previous GIS awards received by eMap in 2007 and 2010 in recognition of its providing robust GIS applications and integrating GIS technologies with corporate solutions such as SAP and PI systems.

Aramco Brats Cody Martin and Natasha Burge Wed

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Aramco Brats Cody Martin and Natasha Burge Wed

Aramco Brats Cody Martin (DH ’96) and Natasha Burge (DH ’97) were married in Bahrain on March 12, 2012, with a ceremony at St. Christopher’s Cathedral and a beachside reception at the Ritz Carlton. The two met during their school years in Dhahran, and began dating while at university in Texas. They were engaged in 2006 and moved to Bahrain in 2007. This past June, Cody began working for Saudi Aramco and the couple are happy to be living back in Dhahran, their ‘hometown’.

Natasha was born in Dhahran, and both of her parents grew up in Saudi Arabia, with her grandparents moving to the Kingdom with Aramco in the 1950s. She is currently completing her master’s degree and writes for the Arabian Sun.

Cody moved to Dhahran when he was six years old and moved away at the end of 9th grade in 1996. He now works as a Contracts Adviser for Chemicals.

Enjoy more photos of Arabian Sun Wedding in the Aramco ExPats Gallery.