Week in Review
Week 50 in Review: Gas storage, engineering excellence, materials transition, and more
Designed to inject an impressive 1.5 billion standard cubic feet per day (Bscfd), the Hawiyah Gas Storage facility, when needed, also has the capacity to withdraw up to 2.0 Bscfd of the stored sales gas.
Here are some of the top headlines over the past week.
Aramco, Shandong seek collaboration on downstream projects in China
Aramco and Shandong Energy Group are exploring collaboration on integrated refining and petrochemical opportunities in China.
The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that includes a potential crude oil supply agreement and chemicals products offtake agreement, supporting Aramco’s role in building a thriving downstream sector in Shandong Province.
The signing ceremony, which was conducted with the participation of Shandong Provincial People’s Government, underlined the importance of Aramco’s collaboration with Chinese companies. The scope of the MoU extends to cooperation across technologies related to hydrogen, renewables and carbon capture and storage.
CEO: Net-zero ambitions need an innovative and viable materials transition
An accelerated transition to materials of the future must run parallel with the energy transition to contribute to climate protection goals and deliver on net-zero ambitions, Aramco’s president and CEO has told a major chemicals conference.
Amin Nasser was speaking at the 16th Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Annual Forum in Riyadh, held for the first time in the Kingdom.
In a keynote address on Aramco’s chemicals journey and the path ahead, Nasser set the modern context of global population growth, the growth of cities, and a parallel growth in demand for materials.
Nasser pointed out that demand for materials is projected to more than double from 79 giga-tonnes in 2011 to 167 giga-tonnes in 2060.
Materials production, use, and eventual disposal already accounts for almost a quarter of all global CO2 emissions, he noted.
“Under a business-as-usual scenario, emissions from various industries are projected to increase substantially.
“To help reduce emissions in this growth environment, the building blocks of 21st century life must last longer, cost less, and have lower emissions.
Engineering Services recognizes dozens for excellence in 2022
Aramco’s Engineering Services (ES) admin area honored 37 professionals, teams, and committees for their remarkable contributions and achievements throughout 2022.
The recognition took place during the ES Excellence Award Ceremony, held on Dec. 8 at the North Park Multipurpose Hall. This annual event fosters a healthy competition among ES talent, which is its most valuable asset, and is in line Aramco’s aspiration to consistently recognize excellence. This, in turn, encourages sustainable advancements of engineering breakthrough solutions, cost effective services and technological developments.
The event, which has been held for five years in a row, was hosted by ES vice president Motaz A. Al Mashouk, who awarded the winning professionals and teams under various categories.
Hawiyah: Leading in gas storage
Saudi Arabia’s first underground natural gas storage project is located in the Kingdom’s eastern desert region.
Aramco’s Hawiyah Gas storage (HGS) facility receives sales gas from the Master Gas System for injection back into depleted nonassociated gas reservoir, Unayzah.
Designed to inject an impressive 1.5 billion standard cubic feet per day (Bscfd), HGS, when needed, also has the capacity to withdraw up to 2.0 Bscfd of the stored sales gas.
These numbers have made the Kingdom a global leader with subsurface gas storage capacity in a single field, and with a second underground gas storage project planned for the Ain Dar field, HGS is transforming Aramco’s approach to its gas portfolio.
Aramco LIFE’s Saad Noor and Maryam Abed hit the Aramco studios to give a rundown of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and who they predict will claim the title in Qatar.
The Aramco LIFE campaign for this World Cup has been very successful, with blogs, user-generated photos and video, and a pick ‘em contest, and more.
The games end after Sunday’s championship.