A look back at 2017

 

 

2017 was a historic year for Saudi Aramco. From innovative ways to more cost effectively produce energy in cleaner, more sustainable ways to helping create jobs and stimulate the Kingdom’s economy in line with Saudi Vision 2030, the year’s accomplishments proved a fine testament to the determination and focus of the company’s employees.

 

Saudi Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser speaks at the China Development Forum 2017.
Saudi Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser speaks at the China Development Forum 2017.

Collaboration with China

During a visit to China that coincided with that of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, King Salman ibn ‘Abd Al-’Aziz Al Sa’ud, Saudi Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser spoke at the China Development Forum in Beijing, emphasizing the close association between the two countries and how it could be expanded.

 

Aramco Asia-India office opened
Saudi Aramco expands presence in India with opening of new Aramco Asia-India office.

Aramco Asia-India office opened

Saudi Aramco marked another significant milestone in its international portfolio expansion with the opening of Aramco Asia-India’s new office in New Dehli in October. “We are here to meet India’s future energy demands by offering a strong relationship involving a secure and reliable supply of energy,” Saudi Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser said.

 

Aramco Trading in Singapore
Aramco Trading inaugurates first international office in Singapore.

Aramco Trading in Singapore

Aramco Trading Singapore is officially inaugurated, the first international office for the Saudi Aramco Products Trading Company.

 

A new way of drilling
’Ain Dar rig sets a new course

A new way of drilling

A new drilling rig erected in ‘Ain Dar — the most technologically advanced in the Kingdom and in the GCC region — was the first to be designed by Saudi Aramco engineers and built according to the company’s specifications — a key component as the company moves toward greater localization in support of Saudi Vision 2030.

Meanwhile, Saudi Aramco turned to the creation of two new joint ventures with Nabors and Rowan for onshore and offshore drilling, respectively. The agreements will help transform drilling services and create thousands of local jobs.

 

Berri Gas Plant turns 40
The Berri Gas Plant

Berri Gas Plant turns 40

Forty years after the launch of the Master Gas System, Saudi Aramco celebrated the 40th anniversary of Berri Gas Plant and the beginning of the company’s movement to produce gas instead of crude oil to generate power throughout the Kingdom and drive further industrialization. Today, that effort has been magnified significantly.

 

Celebrating Manifa
Manifa: an environmental success story

Celebrating Manifa

Management in the Manifa Producing Department and the Environmental Protection Department met with officials at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals to review and celebrate environmental achievements and long-term conservation projects at Manifa.

Findings included that dissolved oxygen rates were higher than before construction, making the shallow waters healthier for fish and shrimp. Also, seagrass meadows increased, covering 70% more area than before construction.

 

Center celebrates National Day
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

Center celebrates National Day

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture celebrated the 87th National Day of Saudi Arabia with a variety of events over the three-day weekend in September, one of the first major events conducted at the iconic facility.

 

Computing speed
Saudi Aramco and partners shatter supercomputing record

Computing speed

Saudi Aramco, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and ANSYS (a global leader in engineering simulation) have set a new supercomputing milestone by scaling ANSYS® Fluent® to nearly 200,000 processor cores — enabling organizations to make critical and cost-effective decisions faster and increase the overall efficiency of oil and gas production facilities. The supercomputing record represented a more than fivefold increase over the record set just three years ago, when Fluent first reached the 36,000 core scaling milestone.

 

Crude oil to chemicals
Saudi Aramco and SABIC sign MOU to develop innovative Crude Oil to Chemicals Complex.

Crude oil to chemicals

Saudi Aramco and SABIC sign a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a fully integrated crude oil to chemicals complex in the Kingdom.

 

EXPEC ARC expansion
EXPEC Advanced Research Center in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

EXPEC ARC expansion

Construction work began on an addition to the EXPEC Advanced Research Center in the Dhahran core area. The new 56,000 ㎡ facility will combine the latest research equipment — including specialized laboratories such as CT scan, nanotechnology, and coreflooding, with creative and progressive architectural design.

 

Iktva in action
Iktva SMEs Forum and Exhibition 2017

Iktva in action

Saudi Aramco’s iktva program came of age this year with a much expanded Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Forum and Exhibition, welcoming over 4,000 delegates from more than 1,000 companies and 45 countries — all eager to capitalize on the business opportunities available.

 

Jebel Heights welcomes first family
The first set of keys for a home in Dhahran’s Jebel Heights expansion project is handed over to a family.

Jebel Heights welcomes first family

A major milestone was achieved in February when Community Services handed over the first set of keys for a home in Dhahran’s Jebel Heights expansion project. With the addition of 1,556 residential units, including 855 family villas and 671 apartments, the Dhahran community housing area is being expanded by 25%. All residential units are expected to be fully completed by mid-2018.

 

New YLAB team welcomed
YLAB: Young Leaders Advisory Board

New YLAB team welcomed

Sixteen young and ambitious employees were chosen from a field of more than 1,000 applicants to be part of the 5th Young Leaders Advisory Aboard. For 18 months, the group is charged with being an official sounding board for senior management and being an active resource, providing solutions to help move the company toward becoming the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals company.

 

OGCI investments
Saudi Aramco and fellow OGCI members announce investments in promising low-emission technologies.

OGCI investments

Saudi Aramco joined fellow oil and gas companies and key energy and climate leaders for the third annual meeting of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative in London, announcing a number of investments in low-emission technologies.

 

 

Powering ahead in Jazan
Jazan mega-project powers forward

Powering ahead in Jazan

Work on the Jazan Economic City and Saudi Aramco’s refinery and terminal projects continued full-steam ahead in 2017. The 106 k㎡ project is pivotal to the economic development of the Jazan region and a key driver of foreign direct investment in the Kingdom.

The mega-project will feature a 400,000 barrel per day semi-conversion refinery coupled with the world’s largest integrated gasification combined cycle power plant. The refinery is expected to become operational in 2018.

 

Sadara reaches full commissioning
Sadara commemorates commissioning of all 26 plants.

Sadara reaches full commissioning

Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company, celebrated the commissioning of the last of its 26 plants in August. The commissioning of the isocyanates section marked a milestone for the world’s largest integrated chemicals complex ever built in a single phase.

 

Supporting the maritime future
Saudi Aramco signs agreement with Lamprell, Bahri, and Hyundai heavy industries to establish a world-class maritime yard.

Supporting the maritime future

Confirming its commitment to develop the Kingdom’s maritime industry in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and Saudi Aramco’s iktva program, the National Maritime Academy conducted its first Board of Trustees meeting, marking a major milestone and an important step in moving the project toward the implementation stage. In early June, Saudi Aramco signed a shareholder agreement with Lamprell plc, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), and Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. to enter into a joint venture partnership with respect to the establishment, development, and operation of a world-class maritime yard — the anchor project within the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services in Ras Al-Khair.

 

Technology takes hold in Abqaiq
A new 3-D Operator System Training Center established to provide real world incident traning

Technology takes hold in Abqaiq

In March, Southern Area Oil Operations gathered in Abqaiq to inaugurate a new 3-D Operator System Training Center. The new virtual-reality center was established to provide a new generation of oil and gas operators with a unique form of training that provides real-world incident training in a safe and engaging environment.

 

UAVs take flight
The industrial grade UAVs are used for inspection and mapping of difficult to reach, remote, or high-altitude areas.

UAVs take flight

Saudi Aramco inaugurated its Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) program, purchasing several industrial grade UAVs for inspection and mapping of difficult to reach, remote, or high-altitude areas. Featuring state-of-the-art technologies and the ability to capture high-definition photographs and video, the UAVs brought capabilities to the fingertips of users that previous generations of Aramcons could only dream about.

 

Walking the talk with technology
The Shallow Water Inspection and Monitoring Robot

Walking the talk with technology

With development of technologies such as the Shallow Water Inspection and Monitoring Robot, or SWIM-R, Saudi Aramco continued to demonstrate its mission to develop and commercialize groundbreaking technologies in the industry.

 

Wind energy first
Commissioning of First Wind Turbine in Turaif

Wind energy first

In January, the company marked the commissioning of the Kingdom’s first wind energy turbine, providing electricity to the company’s bulk plant facility in Turaif. Developed in partnership with General Electric, it marked a new milestone in the company’s plan to help realize the 9.5 gigawatt national renewable energy target as defined in Saudi Vision 2030.

 

 

A boost for natural gas

 

With the help of a team of young Saudis, the first two booster compressor stations in the Kingdom were built near Pump Station 3. The booster stations are the first in a series that will help meet the Kingdom’s increasing demand for natural gas.

 

 

A commitment met in the North

 

Fulfilling a commitment made four years ago to supply fuel gas in the Kingdom’s northern region for power generation, Saudi Aramco successfully starts up its first unconventional gas facility near Turaif.

 

 

Advanced controls in SAOO

 

Southern Area Oil Operations successfully completed the world’s first pilot project to implement Advanced Process Control technology in the Khurais oil field to reduce power consumption by efficiently managing electrical submersible pumps that are inside the well.

 

 

A graduation record

 

The Specialist Development Program honored the largest number of graduates in the program’s 30-year history at the Plaza Conference Center in Dhahran, with 85 graduates in 55 technical specialties being welcomed as the newest members of the company’s elite specialist talent pool.  

 

 

A safety record

 

Members of Saudi Aramco Drilling and Workover celebrated the milestone of a Haradh rig for operating 16 consecutive years without a single lost-time injury.

 

 

Building business acumen

 

Finance, Strategy and Development (FS&D) inaugurated the FS&D Business Academy to deliver highly impactful business acumen content for Saudi Aramco’s community of learners.

 

 

Collaboration with Russia

 

During a visit to Moscow by the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, King Salman ibn ‘Abd Al-’Aziz Al Sa’ud, Saudi Aramco representatives participated in a series of bilateral discussions and signed five Memorandums of Understanding with key Russian energy entities.

 

 

Demothballing in Zuluf

 

After 22 years, a group of diligent employees demothballed Zuluf Gas-Oil Separation Plant 3 in the Arabian Gulf. The capacity of the plant is 250,000 barrels of oil and 100 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.

 

 

Motiva transfer completed

 

The company completed its division of assets, liabilities, and businesses of the Motiva Enterprises LLC (Motiva) joint venture with Shell. The company retained the Motiva name, the 600,000 barrel per day refinery at Port Arthur, Texas, and a network of 24 distribution terminals.

 

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