Week in Review

Week 1 in Review: Energy management, Dakar Rally, innovation and more — kicking off 2022 right

“Our goal in participating in (the Dakar Rally) is to sponsor hydrogen-fueled vehicles. We believe hydrogen is one of the future solutions for more efficient and lower-carbon fuel.”

Week 1 in Review: Energy management, Dakar Rally, innovation and more — kicking off 2022 right

Here are some of the top headlines from the first week of 2022.


Aramco wins ‘Energy Management Insight Award’

The Haradh Gas Plant Department was recognized by the international Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) forum for its achievements in helping to build awareness of ISO 50001 and contributing to global knowledge of energy management implementation. 


The award ceremony, held on Dec. 9, 2021, recognized organizations that have contributed the most to the field of energy efficiency and leadership. HdGPD was one of 28 global winners that received the prestigious CEM Energy Management Insight Award for 2021.  


“We are honored to be the first organization in the Kingdom to receive such a highly distinguished award,” said Wail A. Al-Jaafari, executive director of Southern Area Gas Operations. 


VIDEO: Rolling out Dakar’s first fully hydrogen-fueled truck

Ahmad A. Al Sa’adi, Aramco’s senior vice president of Technical Services, spoke earlier this week at the Dakar Rally for the unveiling of the races first hydrogen-fueled vehicles. The truck was the product of Aramco’s partnership with Gaussin.


“Our goal in participating in this event is to sponsor hydrogen-fueled vehicles. We believe hydrogen is one of the future solutions for more efficient and lower-carbon fuel,” said Al Sa’adi.


“Our partnership with Gaussin has man aspects. Alongside the sponsorship at Dakar Rally, we have two other elements. They are localizing the production of (hydrogen) trucks and improving the efficiency of hydrogen engines,” he added.


The Dakar Rally continues until Jan. 14.


VIDEO: Upstream Innovation Center advances intelligent solutions to company challenges

Upstream Innovation Center was established to advance the development of intelligent solutions that can address upstream challenges.


The Center also provides sophisticated predictive capabilities to ultimately maximize hydrocarbon discovery and recovery, ensure reliability and safety, and reduce costs. 


Aramcon is first Saudi engineer to earn prestigious fire protection engineer license

Once again Aramco’s top talent achieved a significant milestone, paving the way for other employees to follow suit. 


Talal A. Makhdom, a Dhahran Area Loss Prevention engineer, successfully demonstrated his fire protection engineering knowledge by passing a comprehensive 9.5-hour licensure exam for certification as a registered professional engineer (PE) in fire protection engineering (FPE). 


Ghassan G. Abulfaraj, chief Loss Prevention engineer, conveyed his personal gratitude saying, “We are truly proud of Talal, his achievements, and his keen interest in self-development!”


Aramco’s apprentices walk the talk in Jiddah

On Dec. 16, 28 Aramco volunteers supported and engaged special-needs kids at the 10th Annual Marathon “Walk the Walk Together.” 


Sponsored by the Help Center, a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them the opportunity to learn, live, work, and play, in a safe environment, the event sought to promote and foster the concepts of sports and exercise among people with intellectual and physical disabilities. 


Volunteers from the Apprentice Program for Non-Employees (APNE) at the Jiddah Industrial Training Center, and staff from the Western Region Terminal Department (WRTD), the WR Industrial Security Operations Department (WRISOD), and the WR Distribution Department (WRDD) supported special-needs kids from multiple organizations in Jiddah/Makkah.  


Recent graduates take the Firefighter Oath in Ju’aymah

Nearly 200 Apprentice Program for Non-Employees (APNE) participants recently took part in an extraordinary graduation event at the Advanced Training Center in Ju’aymah. Hosted by Aramco’s Fire Protection Department, the 196 graduates of APNE Batch 17 celebrated completion of two years of focused preparation, training, and studies.


The FrPD graduates displayed their commitment and kills as they performed and participated in multiple emergency response scenarios and live fire events. Subsequently, the Firefighter Oath was verbally recited by all graduates entering the new career field. Additionally, the badge pinning was performed for each graduate by senior members within the FrPD. 


As a reward for their hard work and dedication, the 10 highest scoring APNEs in the group were given their work location preference from 54 stations scattered throughout the Kingdom. 


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