Memory Lane

Memory Lane: From beard contests to expansion on the Red Sea and more, a look back

In 1982, Aramco celebrated the first shipment of liquefied petroleum gas from the Kingdom’s Western Province at Yanbu’.

Memory Lane: From beard contests to expansion on the Red Sea and more, a look back

Here’s a scattershot glance back at the past 70 years through the lens of The Arabian Sun (and Flare) publication.

Sept. 2, 1952

Aramco Team Leaves for Tennis Tourney

Eight players represented Aramco at the Second Annual Persian Gulf Tennis Tournament in September.


Coached by Dean L. Pugh of Engineering, Aramco’s team consists of Aida Ayoub, Lucille Mestrezat, Maegie Scott, Jack Buell, Travis Nichols, Ed Novak, George Rader, and Fred Russell. The team left Dhahran by plane this morning. Tapline is this year’s host at the sets to be played on the American University of Beirut’s courts.

Oct. 4, 1967

It’s Fair Work

Beards and Bridge Tally covers are but two of the myriad projects now under way in Abqaiq for the Oct. 26 County Fair. Oct. 1 marked the official start of the beard-growing contest.

Oct. 6, 1982

First LPG Tanker Loads at Yanbu’

The first shipment of liquefied petroleum gas from Saudi Arabia’s Western Province is on its way to customers in Italy after being loaded this week by Aramco aboard the tanker Cavendish at their new export terminal Yanbu’ for natural gas liquids (NGL).


Sailing under the British flag, the ship was nominated to take on approximately 105,000 barrels of butane and 190,000 barrels of propane produced by the NGL Fractionation Plant at Yanbu’ Industrial City. The first lifting came just 10 weeks after Aramco started up the plant, which also is producing natural gasoline export and ethane for local industrial consumption.


The opening of the NGL Export Terminal at Yanbu’ is bound to enhance the Red Sea outlet as an important port of call for hydrocarbon carriers headed for Western markets. At the same time, it helps fulfill the Kingdom’s goal of more evenly developing its industrial and marine facilities throughout the country.

Oct. 8, 1997

Retiring Executives Honored at Banquet

A retirement is “"bitter in a way, sweet in another,” Abdallah S. Jum’ah, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco, told distinguished guests, members of corporate and executive management, and other employees at a dinner Oct. 1 honoring four of their colleagues who were capping their Aramco careers.


The dinner was also attended by HE Ali I. Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources; HE Nassir M. Al-Ajmi, president of the Saudi Railways Organization; and HE Fehied F. Al-Shareef, acting Governor of the Electricity Corporation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Consolidated Electric Company in the Eastern Province (SCECO-East).


The guests of honor were Saud A. Al-Ashgar, who retired as senior vice president for International Operations; Ahmed S. Humaid, who retired as senior vice president for Industrial Relations; Abdulaziz D. Falih, who retired as vice president for Materials Supply; and Sulaiman A. Alkadi, who retired as executive director for Power Systems.

Oct. 3, 2012

AOC Celebrates 60th Anniversary

In the Aramco constellation, one star shines in the north. It’s called Aramco Overseas Co. B.V. (AOC). Sixty years ago, the company was founded in the Netherlands, and ever since, AOC has been growing, maturing, and supporting Aramco in supplying energy to the world.


On Sept. 21, AOC celebrated its 60th birthday with its employees at The World Forum Center in The Hague. Saudi Aramco president and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih attended the celebration personally to thank AOCers for their contributions and dedication to Aramco over the past six decades.


“AOC will continue to provide Aramco optimal services and utilize our geographic and network advantage to leverage pockets of expertise in our area,” said AOC managing director Nabil Aldabal. “Our region is a center of knowledge, and we at AOC are ideally placed to find solutions to Aramco’s ambitious forward-looking plan.”


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