Week in Review

Week in Review: Long drives, inclusive facilities, technological strength and more

Big news on golf, inclusivity, technology, and COVID-19 vigilance lead the week's headlines.

Week in Review: Long drives, inclusive facilities, technological strength and more
From helping promote the value of sports through an international collaboration to recognitions for building inclusivity into our buildings, Aramco continues to shine on the international stage as it promotes the safety and security of its workers and drives for new technologies to make the world a better place.
Here are some of the major stories featured this week on Aramco LIFE.

Promoting sport and fitness
The big news out of the Kingdom this week was Dustin Johnson's victory at the Royals Greens Golf Club at King Abdullah Economic City. The world's top golfer bested a strong field in the European Tour's first tournament in Saudi Arabia.

But Aramco made some big news of its own in the world of sport during the tournament when it announced its sponsorship of the Aramco Team Series for a four-city event that will carry millions of dollars in prizes for the world's best women's golfers.

With stops in New York, London, Singapore, and King Abdullah Economic City, the tournament will feature Aramco as the title sponsor and establish the Kingdom as one of the biggest backers of the women's game in Europe today. The series is a significant step forward for both Saudi and women's sports, and follows the hugely successful Aramco Saudi Ladies International tournament held in 2020.

Aramco inclusivity efforts recognized
In a first, the company has received a gold Mowaamah certification for its inclusive business environment.

The North Park Office Services division received the award for its North Park 1, 2, and 3 buildings, Al Midra Tower, and the Support Services building, with a number of areas being assessed including hiring intentions, company communication processes, employee communication training, equal opportunity provisions, recruitment practices, information and communication technology availability, facilities access and comfort, and products and services development.

Another 293 company facilities in 23 locations Kingdomwide have been identified and are now registered in the Mowaamah portal for certification this year.

Thinner than hair, stronger than steel
Aramco's partnership with Formula 1 has been not only high profile, but also beneficial.

One of the key areas the two giants have found some common ground is in the development of new technologies, and this has been demonstrated in the Saudi Aramco Technologies Company's development of new technologies that will help expand production of cost-effective carbon fiber for new applications.

Use of carbon fiber "lightweighting" results in vehicles consuming less fuel and lower emissions. And making fiber more affordable is an opportunity for Aramco to become a major disruptive force, enabling us to create new markets for the competitive chemicals we produce.

A close eye on safety and security
Or should we say a closed-circuit eye?

At Wasit Gas Plant, Aramco is piloting a technology that incorporates CCTV cameras, artificial intelligence, and a new automated system that not ony monitors workers' safety in real time, but also will send alerts to concerned parties whenever a potential safety issue is present. Not only that, but the system is able to monitor whether individuals are wearing masks, coughing, maintaining physical distancing, hand washing, or even running a high temperature.

"Digital transformation has opened endless possibilities, not only to enhance the efficiency of plant operations, but also reach the hard-to-monitor areas that can improve our workers' personal safety," said Bander R. Al Yousef, general supervisor of the Process Automation Systems Division.

Committed to stopping COVID-19
A year has passed since COVID-19 rose on the horizon, and since that time, Aramcons worldwide have weathered the many demands placed upon them to minimize the threat of transmission and impacts of its presence.

Recently, the Kingdom has seen an uptick in cases, and in response, the Ministry of Heatlh has introduced a series of measures to ensure continued vigilance and stopping the spread as much as possible. These include halting many events in public areas, halting entertainment activities, limiting the number of people in gatherings, the closing of theaters, gyms, and sports centers, among other activities.

Aramcons are rising to the call to curtail the spread of the disease, making sure to wear masks whenever in public or at work, maintaining a clean office, following physical distance guidelines, and washing hands regularly.

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