Memory Lane

Memory Lane: Electricity unleashed, board meetings, and improved cancer treatment

In 1952, Aramco helped celebrate the official opening of the Dhahran Electric Supply Company.

Memory Lane: Electricity unleashed, board meetings, and improved cancer treatment

Here’s a look back at some major headlines over the past 70 years.



Sept. 24, 1952

Dammam Electric Plant Opens

The Dhahran Electric Supply Company was officially opened Saturday evening, Sept. 20, when HH Amir Abudl Mushin Ibn Jiluwi closed the main switch at the power plant, lighting the grounds in front of the plant and the town of Dammam.


The ceremonies brought to completion a project begun two years ago. The private corporation, with a total capitalization of SR2 million subscribed entirely with private capital, not only symbolized the expansion taking place in the port city, but will also aid in its further growth.


The plant contains three generators, with a total normal capacity of 900 kilowatts an hour and a reserve of 300 kilowatts.


Many hundreds of guest from Dammam, al-Khobar, and Dhahran attended the ceremonies, including many from Aramco’s Arab Industrial Development Department, who, with its head Bill Eltiste, furnished advice and technical assistant on the project.

Oct. 4, 1967

Board of Directors Hold Fall Meeting

Members of Aramco’s Board of Directors convened in Dhahran Oct. 3 for the fall board meeting.

On the social agenda for board members this year were dinners in the districts — in Abqaiq on Sunday evening and in Ras Tanura on Monday. A dinner at House 17 in Dhahran was presented in honor of visiting directors, and the group will be special guests at a reception at the Dhahran Consulate General and dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Barger.

Sept. 22, 1982

ASSE Charter Presentation

The Middle East Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers held its inaugural meeting on Sept. 15 in Dhahran. Mohammed M. al-Subaey, general manager of Industrial Security and acting executive director of Operations Support Services, presented the new chapter’s charter of Arthur D. Shenoi, ASSE president. Other officers are John D. Homes, president-elect; Hussen Talib, vice president; Mike Sykos, secretary; Oscar Shuler, treasurer; and Bill Lamp, assembly delegate. ASSE is a professional society dedicated to servicing the public through the advancement of the safety profession and ongoing development of safety professionals.

Sept. 23, 1997

Executive Committee Visits Shaybah

Members of the Executive Committee of the Saudi Aramco Board of Directors, accompanied by members of executive management, visited the Rub’ al-Khali on Sept. 20 to inspect the completed phases of the Shaybah project.


Members of the Executive Committee making the tour were HE Osama J. Faquish, Minster of Commerce; HE Abdulaziz A. Al-Kukhayyil, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals rector; Clifton C. Garvin Jr.; Rodney B. Wagner; Harold J. Haynes; and Abdallah S. Jum’ah, chairman of the Executive Committee and Saudi Aramco president and CEO.


The group visited GOSP-2 and were updated on all aspects of the project by Younis Al-Aiderous, Northern Area Producing executive director; Fahad A. Al-Moosa, Drilling and Workover general manager; and Nadhmi Al-Nasr, Shaybah Development Projects manager.

Sept. 26, 2012

SAMSO Revamps Oncology Treatment, Launches ‘Cancercare’ Center

The atmosphere at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the “cancercare center” reinforced the concept of the redesigned outpatient oncology treatment center of Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization (SAMSO), which operates as a service line.


“Cancercare has enabled what were formerly fragmented oncology services to integrate into a single building and to provide comprehensive care, putting the patient at the heart of everything we do,” said administer Martine O'Brien.


Abdulaziz F. Al-Khayyal, senior vice president of Industrial Relations, performed the ribbon cutting operation, and then toured the facilities.


The center is the referral hub for all SAMSO cancer patients in the Eastern Region.


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