Week 45 in Review: ADIPEC, Marjan, cybersecurity and more
Whether its at awards ceremonies, in the field, or even at the office, Aramcons are committed to excellence.
In another big week for news, Aramcons and their work took front in center.
Aramco’s commitment to innovation and excellence was recognized once again recently at the 2022 Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) awards — one of the largest and most prestigious industry events in the region.
The Upstream research arm of Aramco, the EXPEC Advanced Research Center (ARC) featured in numerous categories at this year’s award ceremony, including Breakthrough Research of the Year, Breakthrough Technological Project of the Year, and Young Technical Professional of the Year. Eight Aramco professionals were also named finalists across five different categories — making Aramco the organization with the highest number of finalists.
The winners include:
EXPEC ARC’s FracBots, a wireless micro-sensor network for mapping ad monitoring hydraulic fractures in conventional and unconventional reservoirs.
Hatem Bajuaifer, who won the Young Technical Professional of the Year award, said focused on three patents he worked and documented as part of his submission.
At Marjan oil and gas field, a significant increment program is well underway.
By 2025, it is expected to see the offshore field’s production capacity increased by 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to reach 800,000 bpd of Arabian Medium crude oil.
This integrated development project for oil, an additional 2.5 billion standard cubic feet per day of associated and nonassociated gas, and 300,000 bpd of C2+NGL, includes a new offshore gas-oil separation plant (GOSP) known as Marjan GOSP-4, as well as 24 offshore oil, gas, and water injection platforms, and new transfer pipelines.
“We will be executing unprecedented offshore construction, installing the largest platforms, longest subsea cables, and laying complex networks of subsea pipelines,” says Northern Area Oil Operations vice president Dawood M. Al-Dawood. “All of these are being constructed on top of one of our busiest operational fields.”
He further noted, “This mega-project will introduce unprecedented challenges in logistics and offshore traffic. We deploy the latest technologies, innovative solutions and best-in-class marine and offshore traffic control means to complete the project safely.”
Speaking at the Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh, Aramco president and CEO Amin Nasser noted that the energy industry has a clear vulnerability.
“Namely, the sector’s dependency on legacy systems, many of which were built long before cyberattacks were ever considered a risk,” he noted, adding that the industry’s shift toward digitilization not only leads to a growing convergence of technologies, but that such growth also
increases the potential danger of crippling cyberattacks.
“Indeed, this convergence makes it easier for cyber attackers to move laterally within organizations, which has very serious implications,” he added.
Nasser also noted Aramco is introducing cybersecurity as one of the select categories of Aramco’s President’s Excellence Awards.
Due to the urgent level of need, and as part of the company’s efforts to engage employees to support communities in which we operate, Corporate Citizenship is organizing an annual Corporate Blood Donation Campaign.
The division is working in cooperation with local blood banks and the Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) blood bank to create blood donation events that support these organizations’ needs across the Kingdom.
Giving blood means a few minutes to you, but means a lifetime to somebody else. At Aramco, safety and supporting our communities are core to our values. We look out for our family members, our neighbors and colleagues alike.
— Nabeel A. Jama’, senior vice president of HR and Corporate Services
On Sept. 21, the Yanbu’ Refinery Department successfully obtained the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification under its circular cracker oil initiative.
The initiative that propelled the certification pertains to an in-house sustainable circular route to produce circular cracker oil from waste oil to reduce Scope 2 greenhouse gas carbon footprint, minimize the harm of single use fuel oil on the environment, and cement Aramco’s sustainability profile by certifying circular products.