Preserving The Green

In an effort to preserve the biodiversity along the pipelines corridor and facilities, Aramco has successfully replanted 192 mature acacia trees and saved the local habitat near one of its operating areas. The move is supporting the Saudi Aramco’s Environmental Protection Policy Statement, calling for environmental protection and minimizing operational impacts on the environment from company operations. A new grass root gas compression station will be constructed at a pump station about 140 km east of Riyadh. The proposed location of the new compression station, with an approximate area of 420,000 square meters, was found to be an important habitat for the old acacia trees and many other native plants and wildlife. Acacia trees help soil stabilization and they are a food source for wildlife, in addition to their use in traditional medicine recipes. The majority of the replanted trees are flourishing in their new location and the project has been well received by communities near the pump station, as well as national environmental authorities. Also, the effort has been shared with international authorities as an example of our commitment toward controlling desertification. The Kingdom features a variety of climate systems, and therefore, many natural environments and habitats can be found. Saudi Arabia has 2,282 plants, of which 600 species are considered rare or endangered. But as development in the Kingdom accelerates, large areas of virgin lands are being transformed into urban and agricultural lands. This, combined with dramatic fluctuations in climate and periodic drought, has made it much more difficult for wildlife to survive in their natural habitats. Participating in national efforts to protect the environment, the company continues to develop and implement procedures to reduce environmental threats, identify and preserve high quality company reservation land, and restore degraded key habitat near our facilities.