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Aramco scores hat-trick of awards at ADIPEC 2021

Southern Area Oil Operations, EXPEC ARC, and iktva program scoop prestigious awards

Aramco scores hat-trick of awards at ADIPEC 2021

Aramco recently scored a hat-trick of awards at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), one of the most prestigious industry events in the region.


The company is celebrating the winning of the three awards at the conference, including:


  • Resilience in the Face of Adversity at Khurais Producing, as the winner of the Operational Excellence Company of the Year (Excellence in Remote Operations) award
  • EXPEC ARC’s Bashayer Aldakkan, who was crowned winner of the Young Technical Professional of the Year Award
  • In-Kingdom Total Value Add Program (iktva) as winner of the Social Contribution and Local Content Project of the Year Award. 


Originally, ADIPEC has shortlisted seven Aramco researchers, technologies, and programs across six different categories, the highest number of finalists from a single organization.


Hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), ADIPEC provides opportunities for buyers and sellers to meet, learn, network, do business and discover new products, solutions and technologies from over 2,000 exhibiting companies and 26 international country pavilions.


In addition to winning the Young Technical Professional of the Year Award, EXPEC ARC made a major contribution to the number of finalists from Saudi Aramco, with the nominations of three additional technologies and individuals.


Among them was the Integration of Sustainability Measures in Decision Making Projects for the Innovation in Decarbonization Company of the Year, for the project’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and capitalizing on new energy consumption behaviors.


EXO-STORM technology, which efficiently mitigates tar to increase production and improve pressure maintenance, was also shortlisted for the Breakthrough Research of the year for its major impact to enhance oil production. 


On an individual level, Mohammad Aljubran was also shortlisted for the Young Technical Professional of the Year Award for his contributions to the industry and global community.


Saudi Aramco was also selected as a finalist for the Digital Transformation Project of the Year Award for the futuristic technology powering world’s largest Intelligent Oil Field.


Resilience and Operational Excellence at Khurais

Khalid A. Al Buraik, vice president of Southern Area Oil Operations (SAOO), lauded the efforts of Aramco employees in earning ADIPEC’s Operational Excellence Company of the Year (Excellence in Remote Operations).


“It is another prestigious badge of the resilience of our pivotal operational excellence programs that drive every aspect of our operations and revolve around all our corporate focus areas,” he said.


Being one of the largest intelligent oil fields in the world, the Khurais Producing Department proved once again its distinction in embracing operational excellence at the highest level to foster efficiency, reliability, cost optimization, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; and to unlock new business opportunities.
— Khalid A. Al Buraik


Salah A. Al-Juaidan, Khurais Producing Department manager, said: “I’m very proud of Khurais Producing team to have won the Operational Excellence Company of The Year award in the 2021 ADIPEC in competition with more than (700) submittals from (50) countries. Our investment in operational excellence and 4IR technologies placed the department as a leader in this area. Moreover, and for all that programs and technologies can offer, our human capital remains the cornerstone and the leading driver of any success.”


Creativity and dedication at EXPEC ARC

“It is the creativity and dedication of our researchers that keeps EXPEC ARC on a trajectory of consecutive successes, thus cementing our R&D leadership position,” said Ashraf AlTahini, EXPEC ARC manager. 

AlThaini said that peer recognitions are not just plaques to hang on the wall. They provide motivation to continue marching forward, meeting and overcoming operational field challenges. Doing so allows our operational entities to run more competitively and efficiently.


To support Aramco’s leadership position in Upstream R&D, the Company has always availed resources to develop breakthrough technologies. 


This positive attitude is a major enabler. Waleed Al-Mulhim, executive director of Petroleum Engineering and Development said “our company has a long history of being at the forefront of employing cost-effective technologies to overcome operational challenges. We have the institutional support that allows us to create tailor-made solutions for our unique challenges across all Upstream domains while reducing carbon emissions in line with the Company’s sustainability efforts.”


iktva shines 

Aramco’s iktva program was awarded ADIPEC’s Social Contribution and Local Content Project of the Year Award.


“The iktva program has created best-in-class infrastructure, streamlined business processes, and pioneered industry initiatives that ensure sustainability and enabled new opportunities,” said Mohammed Al Shammary, vice president of Procurement and Supply Chain.  


With the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan, iktva is part of a broad-based effort to strengthen and diversify the Saudi economy, through the localization of key manufacturing and service industries within the Kingdom, and the creation of thousands of new jobs for talented young Saudi citizens. 


Abdullah B. Al Thaaly, manager of Industrial Development and Strategic Supply Department, said, “iktva has provided a reliable supply chain base that continues to function despite the difficult challenges and global pandemic.”


Abdulrahman Al Mogren, iktva Support Division head said, “It is not enough to simply supply the world with energy, we must also support the development of our local workforce and the Kingdom’s economy.”


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