Saudi Aramco wins two major awards
Saudi Aramco won two major awards at the 5th Annual Oil & Gas Middle East awards held in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 22.
Adnan A. Al-Kanaan, manager of the Gas Reservoir Management Department (GRMD), won Production Manager of the Year for his efforts in increasing overall production and reserves through new technologies, delineation and deepening drilling cost efficiencies and the expansion into Saudi Arabia’s gas program.
The company’s Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center — Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC), meanwhile, won the Technical Innovation of the Year award for its research and implementation of nanoparticle agents through its Arab-D Reservoir Dots program, also known as A-Dots.
The Production Manager of the Year award comes at a time when the Kingdom’s nonassociated gas reserves and production are increasing to meet the Kingdom’s growing need for power and for feedstock for the growing petrochemicals industry. As manager of GRMD, Al-Kanaan oversees the nonassociated gas development and production program in the Kingdom.
“Saudi Aramco is pushing the envelope with technology to expand production and productivity, especially concerning gas development in Saudi Arabia,” Al-Kanaan said.
Speaking specifically about the A-Dots program, Khaled A. Al Buraik, vice president of Petroleum Engineering and Development, described it as “one of the ground-breaking research programs that Saudi Aramco is undertaking as part of its diverse upstream technologies portfolio. These programs don’t benefit the company alone, but the rest of oil and gas industry.” he said.
The A-Dots project is one component of the company’s program to develop reservoir nano-agents to enhance in-situ sensing. A-Dots are nano-particle fluorescent tracer agents designed to track the flow of water injected into wells. Nano-agents such as A-Dots will ultimately help increase the company’s overall recovery of hydrocarbons.
Taken together, these two awards show that the company’s drive toward operational excellence and innovation are putting Saudi Aramco at the forefront of the oil and gas industry. Leading the way in operational performance, and coming up with game-changing technologies that help improve future recoverability of hydrocarbons are not just good for business; they also give Saudi Aramco the ability to change the way in which the energy business is conducted, and to help the Kingdom become a magnet for innovation.
Source: Saudi Aramco