Young Aramcons tackle tough environmental, social, and governance challenges
Winning SPE Endogenous entries address Circular Carbon Economy, resilience, and data governance.
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
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
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
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