Week in Review: IPTC to RT Clean Fuels and a closer look at COVID-19
Technology, sustainability, health and well-being, and the company's biggest bachelor camp take center stage of the Week in Review.
The past, present, and future highlighted the top stories from Aramco LIFE this week.
Whether that was the virtual casting of the International Petroleum Technology Conference from Malaysia, the clean fuels project in Ras Tanura, the company's biggest bachelor camp near Jubail, or from countries around the globe and the way they've dealt with the pandemic, this week's news came from all over and covered the past, present, and future.
Aramco's senior vice president of Upstream Nasir K. Al-Naimi kicked off the 13th edition of the International Petroleum Technology Conference last week focusing on renewables and the energy mix, noting "The existing and new energy will continue to run in parallel for a long time to come."
The flagship energy industry technology conference, which was held virtually this year, wrapped up this week with additional participation from Aramco, including Amer S. Al Ashgar, general manager of Characterization and Field Development Geosciences, who took part in a panel discussion titled "Managing Transformation to Shape the Future of Energy."
Next year, Aramco will host the conference in Dhahran.
Designed to introduce a new type of diesel with less environmental impact, the Ras Tanura Refinery recoded a major milestone in environmental stewardship with the completion of an Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel system that will see cleaner, environmentally friendly fuel distributed Kingdomwide.
Recently inaugurated by Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser, the development helps the company meet government regulations and reduce emissions in urban centers.
A new exhibit at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) puts the effects of the coronavirus on ourselves and our relationships with objects into perspective while connecting cultures and creating dialogue through international participation.
The exhibit, which is scheduled to be showcased over the next two years, features mementos tied to an unexpected cultural and social reset that resonated across borders, cultures, and languages, highlighting memories and reflections on the pandemic experience by people from around the world.
Aramco has opened its largest-ever remote bachelor camp near Jubail.
Designed and built to meet Mowaamah requirements for accessibility, the 760,000-square-meter Fadhili Bachelor Camp accommodates more than 2,500 employees working in Northern Area Oil and Gas Operations in Fadhili, Wasit, and Khursaniyah.
The project is "an excellent example of a value-driven initiative leveraging private-sector involvement in alignment with our corporate and strategic Vision 2030 objective," said Mohammad A. Sultan, general manager of Community Services Operations.
Aramco's work toward becoming a leading circular economy company has won international attention from a leading nonprofit quality organization, the European Foundation for Quality Management.
One of three finalists selected from many entries around the world, Aramco was announced the circular economy winner at an online award ceremony on March 4.
"The circular economy is not just a buzzword, and it is not a luxury," said Aramco's chief engineer, Jamil J. Al-Bagawi. "It is a road map to a sustainable economy, a healthy environment, and social welfare for all of us."