Memory Lane

Memory Lane: New electrical power, new dental clinic, new theater, and a new office in India

Twenty years ago, the Aramco Oil Exhibit opened the Kingdom's first 3-D high-definition video theater.

Memory Lane: New electrical power, new dental clinic, new theater, and a new office in India

Aramco's long history is marked with a series of firsts. Here's a few pulled from the headlines of The Arabian Sun and Flare over the years.

Oct. 9, 1957

Diesels to Add Electric Power

Four new diesel engine generator sets will be added to the powerhouse of the Dhahran Electric Supply Company, Dammam, increasing the kilowatt capacity of the power plant from a present maximum of 1,850 KW to a potential capacity of 7,050 KW, R.L. Cundall, Arab Development, announced.


Three of the 65-ton engines were moved to the powerhouse site on Oct. 1. The fourth was moved earlier.


The engines will be placed on permanent foundations, and a steel building, fabricated in Italy, will be erected to house them. Power from the new generators is expected to be on line in the spring in 1958.


The Dhahran Power Company, a private industry owned by Saudi stockholders, has been in business since 1952.

Oct. 11, 1972

New Dental Clinic at Al-Mana

On Sept. 20, the Emir of al-Khobar, His Excellency Sa’ud ibn ‘Abd Allah ash-Shuway’ir, cut the ribbon and officially opened the new al-Mana Dental Clinic — the first multi-chair dental clinic in the Eastern Province to be equipped with its own X-ray room and dental laboratory.


The new clinic, which was established with the technical and financial assistance of Aramco, includes three dental operatories, an X-ray room, a dental laboratory, a business office and a waiting room. It is equipped with the latest design dental equipment from Japan and Germany.

Oct. 14, 1987

Musaad Al-Yami Leads Aramcorama at End of First Weekend’s Play

The 1987 Aramcorama Pro-Am Golf Tournament opened in Abqaiq last Thursday with 36 professionals (10 handicap or less) paired with 36 Abqaiq amateurs. This year’s honoree is Jim Hill of the Ras Tanura Surfside Golf Association.


The Rolling Hills Country Club hosted Friday’s competition with the professionals playing with 36 Dhahran amateurs.


Overall leaders after the first two days of competition were: Musaad al-Yami, 149, first; Mubarak al-Ghamdi, 150, second; and Gordon Rentz, 151, third.


The final 18 holes will be played in Ras Tanura on Oct. 15


Oct. 2, 2002

‘Energy’ in 3-D

The Saudi Aramco Oil Exhibit is now home to the first 3-D high-definition video theater in the Kingdom, unveiled Sept. 29 with a new high-definition 3-D film.


Present to inaugurate the theater and film were Abdallah S. Jum’ah, president and CEO, and members of corporate and executive management.


The theater, which holds 171 people, is capable of handling multiple presentation formats, including conventional VHS videos, DVDs, Beta, and computer or laptop presentations. It features a cinema-quality Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound system, an atmospheric haze system, and 40 intelligent special-effects lights.

Oct. 11, 2017

Saudi Aramco Expands Presence in India with Opening of New Aramco Asia-India Office

Saudi Aramco marked another significant milestone in its international portfolio expansion with the opening of Aramco Asia-India’s new office in New Delhi on Sunday.


The office was inaugurated by Saudi Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser at an event attended by HE Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship; Saudi Ambassador to India HE Dr. Saud Alsati; Indian government officials; heads of India major oil companies; as well as business and industry partners.


“We are here to meet India’s future energy demands by offering a strong relationship involving a secure and reliable supply of energy feedstock to fuel India’s dynamic growth,” said Nasser. “And India has the necessary human capital and expertise that can help us grow from strength to strength.”


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