SPE Endogenous

Young Aramcons tackle tough environmental, social, and governance challenges

Winning SPE Endogenous entries address Circular Carbon Economy, resilience, and data governance.

Young Aramcons tackle tough environmental, social, and governance challenges

Young professionals and students have spent three months developing their technical, leadership, and communication skills as part of the Aramco-sponsored Endogenous program, a flagship collaboration sponsored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia section.

Participants were divided into teams of between three to six members, and challenged to come up with innovative solutions to strategic problems related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, under the three themes of: the Circular Carbon Economy, a Resilient Built Environment for a Prospering Ecosystem, and Data Governance in the Digital Age.

Ali A. Al-Meshari, acting chief petroleum engineer, awarded the winning team from each challenge, noting the program has proven itself a valuable platform for youth empowerment in technical, strategic, and leadership skills.

“I can assure you that these skills are critically needed for the future of the energy industry … and the future of the Kingdom,” Al-Meshari told his youthful audience. “You have reached this impressive milestone after an extremely challenging program … and under truly unprecedented circumstances (due to travel restrictions and difficulties),” he said.

He noted that Endogenous participants have set upon a path of excellence that shows they have the ability — and the opportunity — to create a better future for people and the planet. “I cannot wait to see all that you will accomplish,” he said.

Challenge One: The Circular Carbon Economy (pictured above)

Energy companies globally are working to reduce their carbon footprint through the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Remove). How can we achieve a circular carbon economy with zero net carbon emissions while meeting short- and long-term commitments in supply, in addition to maintaining a healthy fiscal regime?


Project Name: Promoting Saudi Arabia’s Circular Carbon Economy

Team Members:

Reem A. Alsadoun — Reservoir Description and Simulation Department

Sarah S. Alruwaily — Upstream Development Strategies and Reserves Department

Hala A. Al-Sadeg — EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC)

Dana B. Dabbousi — ESG Strategy and Reporting Department

Hashim A. Awwami — Workover Engineering Department

SME: Ahmed Z. Attar — Upstream Development Strategies and Reserves Department


Challenge Two: A Resilient Built Environment for a Prospering Ecosystem

To be resilient we must embrace change and learn how adapt. The world’s ecosystem is threatened because of climate change. The challenge is planning for resilient infrastructure that can accommodate disruptions in the ecosystem by capitalizing on sustainable development goals. The challenge will focus on power distribution and water treatment.


Project Name: Integrating V2G/H to Grid-tied Solar System for P2P Micro-grid Improvement

Team Members:

Musab M. Talal — Consulting Services Department (CSD)

Ibrahim A. Albrahim — CSD

Dakhel A. Aldakhil — CSD

Ahmed F. Al Habib — Ras Tanura Producing Department

Fawaz M. Al-Boghail — Southern Area Reservoir Management Department

Mohamed Alherz — National Energy Services Reunited Corporation

SME: Jean-Michel Mufuta Mukena — Renewables Department


Challenge Three: Data Governance in the Digital Age

With the emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the continuous global efforts for massive digital transformation, data has been perceived as the “new oil.” Due to powerful applications in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced data analytics, data has been increasingly shared and used on an unprecedented scale. How can we govern and fully secure data while increasing its use?


Project Name: A Smart Contracts Carbon Emissions Trading System for Saudi Arabia

Team Members:

Ali H. Alshuwaikhat — Southern Area Production Department

Klemens Katterbauer — EXPEC ARC

Abdullah A. Al Shehri — EXPEC ARC

Abdulaziz S. Al Qasim — EXPEC ARC

Khalid A. Al-Yahya — Reservoir Description and Simulation Department

Zainab A. Homoud — King Abdulaziz University of Science and Technology 

SME: Robert Borne — Global Director Digital Transformation at Weatherford


You are currently using an older browser. Please note that using a more modern browser such as Microsoft Edge might improve the user experience. Download Microsoft Edge