Motiva team visits Aramco facilities
Downstream shares safety and manufacturing excellence with visiting Motiva team.
Driven by the Downstream Global Manufacturing Admin Area’s records in health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) and manufacturing excellence, the Affiliates Manufacturing Excellence (AME) hosted a team from Motiva’s executive management, to learn from Aramco’s safety and manufacturing excellence, as part of promoting and disseminating the downstream excellence culture. Motiva is the largest refinery in North America and a wholly owned subsidiary of Aramco.
The program strives to establish a long-lasting partnership between Aramco’s Downstream affiliates and its operating facilities, leveraging the newly launched downstream model to create new knowledge and best practices exchange channels in the HSSE and manufacturing management fronts. The program was based on direct dialogue as well as field performance review and engagement at a number of best performing Downstream facilities.
Deep dive into safety
The program began in east Ras Tanura, where Motiva’s management attended the safety Boot Camp course. Throughout the course, Motiva’s team went for a deep dive into Aramco’s Safety Management System. Following the Boot Camp program, the visiting team went to the Ras Tanura Refinery (RTR), where they observed the engagement of RTR management in field safety.
Motiva’s team then went to visit Aramco facilities at Yanbu’ where they experienced Yanbu’ Refinery’s 3-D Hub and the breakthroughs in 3-D printing. Following the Yanbu’ Refinery visit, the team participated in the Yanbu’ Natural Gas Liquids Fractionation (YNGLF) Quarterly Safety Inspection along with area management and observed YNGLF Innovation Center 4IR implementation.
Motiva’s team then went south to the Jazan Refinery Complex (JZRC), where they experienced the JZRC safety management journey during construction and commissioning. During the visit, the senior vice president of Downstream, Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, met with the team and encouraged such collaboration across the Downstream portfolio, embarking on the newly launched operating model.
Operational and safety excellence
The team then returned to the east, visiting SATORP in Jubail, OSPAS, the Loss Prevention Department (LPD), Operational Excellence (OE), and Environmental Protection (EP). At SATORP, the team observed the operational and safety excellence and discussed future collaborations. At OSPAS, the team were briefed about Aramco business continuity while LPD held a workshop that explored areas for collaborations with Aramco affiliates. At OE, the team had an overview of Aramco’s OE system while EP presented the leading environmental excellence program in Aramco.
While the program was business focused, culture was imbedded as part of the program in which AME facilitated visits to cultural sites such as Ithra, the Yanbu’ Heritage Park, the Faifa Mountains, and al-Hasa. The visit by Motiva’s team is only the beginning for the AME programs to leverage Downstream portfolio excellence.