Chemical conference participation underscores importance to Saudi Aramco
HOUSTON – With importance placed on downstream operations as Saudi Aramco transforms into the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals company – representatives from Aramco Services Co. (ASC) and Saudi Aramco recently participated in two key industry conferences.
AIChE Spring Meeting & 8th Global Congress on Process Safety
ASC’s Thor Stensvaag, chemical engineer in the ASC Engineering Services Unit who specializes in process safety, participated in the 2012 AIChE Spring Meeting held in conjunction with the 8th
Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston in early April.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is the leading professional organization for practicing chemicals engineers in 93 countries with more than 30,000 members. Stensvaag attended a mixture of technical presentations on gas utilization and refinery processing, as well as soft skills presentations designed to enhance his effectiveness as an engineer.
The conference keynote address was on the subject of corporate responsibility toward process safety. With Saudi Aramco’s increased involvement in refining and petrochemicals plus the company’s commitment to be a worldwide leader in corporate social responsibility – the topic could not have been timelier.
ASC Engineering staff members frequently contribute to technical discussions that impact day-to-day downstream refinery operations. So for Stensvaag and his colleagues the conference set the stage for the big picture challenges facing fuels and petrochemicals, and also drilled down into more specific topics such as ethylene plant transformation.
Saudi Aramco was well represented with Said A. Al-Zahrani, general supervisor, Upstream Process Engineering Division/Process & Control Systems Department, participating in the conference. Ahmed Khogeer in KAUST & Thuwal Development Projects Management also participated. Khogeer conducted two presentations; one on the topic of renewable energy and the other on the experience/lessons learned from work conducted at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
Khogeer’s presentation papers were titled “Move to Atomic and Renewable Energy in an Oil Exporting Region?” and “From World Scale Refineries to State of the Art Nano Labs and Super Computers. From Coker to Clean Rooms, from KBPD to LPH. How to Translate Your Past Experience Into a Competitive Advantage?” Khogeer is currently an AIChE director in the Fuels and Petrochemical Division, and a member of the AIChE International Committee. In addition to serving as a presenter, Khogeer was a chair and co-chair for technical sessions.
Saudi Aramco served as a gold sponsor for the conference and exhibited as well.
“With chemical engineering such a huge core competency, having an active presence and supporting this industry is important,” said Betsy Chamberlain, administrator in ASC Staffing Services. ASC recruiters were on site to meet with conference attendees interested in learning more about job opportunities with Saudi Aramco.
IHS World Petrochemical Conference
The IHS World Petrochemical Conference focused this year on shale gas developments in North America and how these developments will impact global petrochemical and derivatives investments over the next five years. It was held late March in Houston.
Abdulaziz Judaimi, vice president of Chemicals at Saudi Aramco, participated on an executive panel the opening day to discuss the “Impact of North America’s Shale Gas on Global Petrochemicals.”
Shale gas has received much attention in the United States lately as an increasingly important source of natural gas and gas liquids like ethane and propane, which are the pre-dominant feedstocks used to produce key chemical building blocks ethylene and propylene.
“Abundant shale gas is creating a renaissance for North American chemical producers in many market segments and the effect of this will be felt globally for many years to come,” said Judaimi. He went on to say that “perhaps the more intriguing question for the industry is how rapidly the shale gas phenomenon will spread to other parts of the world like China or Europe because this will cause even a larger shift in potential chemical product trade patterns.”
Saudi Aramco’s participation in petrochemical world conferences, such as this one, further strengthens the company’s ties with industry and helps advance its strategic intent to progress from an oil and gas company to a fully integrated, energy and chemicals enterprise with extensive operations in countries around the globe.
Aramco Services Co. (ASC) and Saudi Aramco had a strong presence at the AIChE Spring Meeting held in conjunction with the 8th Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston in early April. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is the leading professional organization for practicing chemicals engineers in 93 countries with more than 30,000 members. (from left to right) Henry Martinez, Recruiter, ASC; Ahmed Khogeer, KAUST & Thuwal Development Projects Management; Maddala Bhanumurty, Yanbu Refinery; and Abdullah Bakhat, Supervisor Operations Engineering, Abqaiq NGL Unit.
Abdulaziz Judaimi, vice president of Chemicals at Saudi Aramco, speaks at the podium during an executive panel discussion on the “Impact of North America’s Shale Gas on Global Petrochemicals” during the IHS World Petrochemical Conference held in Houston.