Saudi Aramco receives top energy management award from world engineering organization
ATLANTA, GA – Energy efficiency programs are gaining momentum as a new “fuel” for the future: A barrel of oil saved equals one “added” to existing supplies.
Saudi Aramco is making significant progress in this area, and just recently received a top award for its efforts.
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) presented Saudi Aramco with its Corporate Energy Management Award (Middle East Region). Ahmad Al-Sa’adi, vice president of Gas Operations, accepted the award on behalf of the company October 30 during AEE’s 35th World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), which drew more than 3,500 participants. It was held in Atlanta, Georgia.
The company received the award for its energy management program that achieved in 2011 an energy savings of approximately 10,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day – which represents 3.5 percent of the company’s total energy consumption for the year. The program involved the implementation of 59 energy saving initiatives.
“This is a great honor,” Al-Sa’adi said during the awards ceremony. “We are very excited about this program, which was started in the year 2000 and continues to build on the company’s efforts to save energy and promote sustainability.”
He gives credit to the Energy Focus Team members who “really put their heart into the project to help guarantee its success.”
Saudi Aramco was the only company in the Middle East region selected for the award. There was one winner from the Western European region, one from the Canadian region, and one from each of five regions within the United States.
AEE, which is headquartered in the United States, has more than 16,000 members in 89 countries and 82 chapters around the world. It seeks to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. It also offers energy certification programs.
This year’s WEEC featured such notable speakers as General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and NBC Special Correspondent Ted Koppel.
A team from Saudi Aramco Gas Operations participated in the forum. In addition to Al-Sa’adi, they were: Saad Al-Shahrani, Khan Akmal, Fahad Al-Dossary, Abdulhadi Al Safran, Hassan Ba Aqeel and Yahya Faifi.
Representatives from Aramco Services Co. (ASC) Staffing Services and Saudi Aramco worked together to manage a recruiting effort during the event. They met with engineers and other energy professionals at the company’s exhibit booth to discuss career opportunities and also conduct pre-scheduled interviews.
Technology tour highlights ‘trash to gas’ project
The Saudi Aramco group participated in a special off-site technology tour, hosted by AEE, to see first-hand how Georgia’s DeKalb Renewable Fuels Facility was among the first in the United States to convert “trash to gas” from an adjacent landfill and also provide a fuel station at the same location.
About 70 DeKalb County sanitation trucks are currently running on compressed natural gas (CNG) produced from the landfill materials. The goal is to convert the entire fleet of 306 trucks. According to officials, CNG is cleaner and less expensive than diesel fuel. The new CNG fueling station will soon be open to allow public access to this renewable fuel source.
Ahmad Al-Sa’adi, center, vice president of Saudi Aramco Gas Operations, accepts a Corporate Energy Management Award on behalf of the company. The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) presented the award at its annual World Energy Engineering Congress in Atlanta, Georgia. Al-Sa’adi is pictured with Gary Hogsett, left, 2012 AEE president, and Larry Good, director of AEE International Membership Development.
Al-Sa’adi serves as keynote speaker during WEEC luncheon
Ahmad Al-Sa’adi, vice president of Saudi Aramco Gas Operations, joined the list of notable keynote speakers at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC). He delivered a speech at one of the luncheon meetings, which was sponsored by Saudi Aramco.
Al-Sa’adi gave a brief overview of the company’s history, current business initiatives, and energy efficiency measures; and highlighted the energy management program that just won the AEE Corporate Energy Management Award (Middle East Region).
He also touched on Saudi Aramco’s Accelerated Transformation Program (ATP) to leverage the full potential of the company in a changing market; and talked about its expansion into refining and chemicals, as well as natural gas for power generation. He further talked about Saudi Arabia’s interest in renewables, which includes an emerging solar energy program.
Additionally, Al-Sa’adi addressed business and investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia, saying that a “robust” New Business Development organization is ready to advise and assist potential business partners and investors interested in doing business with Saudi Aramco or other enterprises in Saudi Arabia. He also mentioned the availability of career opportunities for energy professionals.
In summary, Al-Sa’adi said that Saudi Aramco will continue to adapt to a changing world market through technology innovation, a talented workforce and strong business partnerships – with a focus on energy sustainability and environmental protection.