Saudi Arabia's Energy Era - 80 Years

The story of Saudi Aramco tells of the discovery and development of the greatest energy reserves the world has ever known and the transformation of Saudi Arabia IN THE early 1930s, interest in the Gulf region’s oil rises sharply, sparked by finds in Persia, Iraq, and Bahrain. After signing a concession agreement to search for oil in Saudi Arabia, the Standard Oil Company of California wastes no time preparing to explore the vast concession, putting in...






The Casoc organisation that arrived in Saudi Arabia in the early 1930s entered a country in which industry was hardly recognised and certainly not understood A FEW months after the signing of the concession agreement between the Saudi government and Socal, the geologists came exploring. The first two, ‘Bert’ Miller and ‘Krug’ Henry, landed at the small coastal community of Jubail, where Arab dhows lay tilted on the sands at low tide awaiting the return...






None of the drillers could have imagined, after they struck oil, that Dammam No 7 would be capable of producing not for months or years but for several decades THE oil-bearing rock was in a layer that geologists had dubbed the Arab Zone. The well, drilled into the geological formation they called the Dammam Dome, capped a quest that had lasted nearly five years...






The pioneers of partnership were private individuals, and it was a measure of ‘Abd Al ‘Aziz’s wisdom that he used what they offered to improve the lives of his subjects IN THE early decades of the 20th century, the people of what is today Saudi Arabia lived lives of considerable austerity. Formal education was uncommon, and the conveniences of the industrial era were mostly unknown...






Steineke came with the right credentials for Al Hasa: a degree from Stanford, 13 years as a geologist, a taste for the outdoors and an unlimited capacity for work EVERYBODY worked their hearts out for him,” said Tom Barger, the miner-turned-geologist who became Aramco’s chairman. “He discovered more oil than anyone else in the industry,” wrote colleague Phil McConnell. “He left the most beautiful touches in the heart,” said ‘Abd Al’Aziz Shalfan, the Najdi...






Discovered in 1948, Ghawar’s production began in 1951 and reached a peak of 5.7 mbpd in 1981. This is the highest sustained oil output rate achieved by any single oilfield in world history. It is now divided into six areas SAUDI ARABIA’S Ghawar Oil Field is by far the largest conventional oil field in the world and accounts for more than half of the cumulative oil production of the kingdom...






Through the Master Gas System, Aramco was to recover associated gas produced at the oilfields GAS plays a key role in Saudi Arabia’s industrialisation, thanks to Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System (MGS) which was completed in 1981...






The $9.6 billion Satorp refinery is due to start shipping oil products, likely gasoline and light distillates, to market from certain units by September. The project will be fully on stream by the end of the year FRANCE’S Total is in discussions with Saudi Aramco to build a world-scale project attached to its new Jubail refinery, which will start putting oil products on the market by the third quarter of the year, senior Total officials say...






The firm’s Ewan Al Nawras project, construction on which started in January 2013, features 78 villas in three distinctive designs. Being built in two phases, the first comprises 40 villas which are expected to be finished by the first quarter of 2014 ESTABLISHED in 2012 under the umbrella of Saudi Arabia’s diversified Al Fozan group, Retal Urban Development Company (Retal) is helping meet rapidly rising demand for affordable housing in the kingdom’s Eastern Province...






The company’s investment projects are developed based on comprehensive market research and a sophisticated customer relationship management tool which accurately gauges customer feedback and requirements on key parameters IT IS approximately eight years since Mada Al Sharqiah Real Estate Development Company (Mada) was established as the first private real estate developer in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, and can claim to have made the successful transition from market pioneer to leader...






Maban Real Estate Investment was established some seven years ago to capitalise on growing demand for quality middle-income housing in the Eastern Province, offering high-quality land and residential developments at competitive prices USING a business model that aims at providing exactly what the market requires, Maban Real Estate Investment has been focusing on meeting the surging demand for housing in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia which suffers a serious shortage of reasonably priced homes...






The firm plans to set up a gypsum board manufacturing facility in Oman, while in Saudi Arabia USGME is gearing up for a major project for Saudi Aramco HEADQUARTERED in Dammam, Saudi Arabia and with a sales and distribution network across the region, USG Middle East (USGME) is a joint venture between USG – a US-headquartered global manufacturer of building materials for the construction and remodeling industries – and a group of Saudi investors...






At the Al Khobar site, Pall will have a customer support team as well as an engineering facility dedicated to serving local customers and multinational companies that partner with the company in the region PALL Corporation, a global leader in filtration, separation and purification, has inaugurated a new office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Located in Al Khobar, the office is Pall’s second in the Middle East. Pall opened its regional headquarters in Dubai (UAE) in October of 2010. The company has...






The company has built its reputation as a selective valued-added reseller dealing with end-users, EPC firms and engineering partners SALAH J Elkadiki, vice president of operations and business development of Saudi Arabian Development Company Ltd, (SADC) is in confident mood as he discusses the company’s strategy for growth and diversification in Saudi Arabia and the wider region from the SADC Eastern Province Office in the Fluor...






The company, a global leader in engineered technology, supplying engineered products and services, has a very strong local presence in Saudi Arabia, both in terms of providing a wide range of products and services as well as a local manufacturer THE fast changing needs of customers in Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas market reflect the rapidly developing nature of the wider Middle East region. OGN puts some questions to John Crane’s John Long, general manager for the Middle East and Mike Weegenhausen, turbomachinery manager for the Middle East...






Established in 1940s, Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al Qahtani Group of Companies has gradually moved towards oil and gas, petrochemicals, oil and gas exploration and gathering systems, refineries, desalination and other energy related fields ESTABLISHED in 1940s, Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al Qahtani Group of Companies is considered to be one of the largest and most reputed privately-owned companies in Saudi Arabia with excellent relationships in both government and commercial sectors...






In a move aimed at strengthening its operations in the Gulf, the Dutch-based firm is looking at the possibility of stationing a rental fleet of valve test and repair machines and containers in the UAE and opening the Ventil Valve Academy in the Gulf IN ORDER to serve its Gulf-based customers in a better and quicker way, Ventil Test Equipment, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high pressure test equipment for industrial safety, control and shut off valves, is planning to expand its Middle East operations currently being run through its...






One of the largest manufacturers of explosion-protected hoists and crane components, Stahl CraneSystems in a joint venture with Dammam-based Eastern Morris Cranes, expects sustainable growth for the next three years in Saudi Arabia GERMAN major Stahl CraneSystems (SCS), one of the leading brands and the largest manufacturer of explosion-protected hoists and crane components, expects continuous healthy growth for its Saudi Arabian operations in the next three years...






One of the most prominent names in the maritime industry, it has established itself as a leading player in offshore and engineering, ship repair and maintenance, shipbuilding and conversion, maritime clusters and yacht and fleet operations DRYDOCKS World is one of the most prominent names in the maritime industry. Over the past 30 years, Drydocks World has established itself as a leading, and fast growing international player in offshore and engineering, ship repair and maintenance, shipbuilding and conversion, rig building and re-...






Part of the Abdullatif M Al Arfaj and Brothers Holding Company, SPI – a leading manufacturer of high-technology fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) products – is fast emerging as the market leader in the region’s FRP sector HAVING maintained a steady market growth, Saudi Pultrusion Industry (SPI) – a leading manufacturer of high-technology fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) products – says it is fast emerging as the market leader in the region’s FRP sector...






The company provides the largest range of rental products and solutions under one roof across Saudi Arabia to support various sectors EQUIPMENT rental company Byrne Investments Saudi Arabia Limited is looking forward to create a niche as the single largest ‘all equipment rental solutions under one roof’ provider in Saudi Arabia...






The global player opened a new R&D centre in January, comprising a large pilot plant with a 100 sq m test pit, several laboratories and over 20 experts working in the fields of petrochemical processes, polymerisation, fermentation and mining THE Ekato Group, with its headquarters in Schopfheim, Germany, is the global market leader in mixing and blending technology. Being mainly active in the market of bulk chemicals and polymers, Ekato’s activities range down into the fields of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, paints and coatings, flue...






One of the leading service providers in Saudi Arabia to various industries such as oil and gas, refineries, petrochemicals, fertilisers, cement and steel, the company has etched itself as a force to reckon with in a span of 20 years EXPERTISE Contracting Company is one of the leading service providers in Saudi Arabia to various industries such as oil and gas, refineries, power and desalination, chemicals, petrochemicals, fertilisers, cement and steel. Founded in 1993, the company has etched itself as a force to reckon with in a...






Intergraph’s software for the design, construction, operation and management of plants and other facilities provides efficiency increases of up to 30 per cent in the generation and management of engineering data TO MANAGE the challenges of increasingly complex plant operations and projects, the world’s top oil and gas industry leaders are continually seeking ways to increase productivity and accelerate project schedules while maintaining safety standards and high quality. Intergraph’s software for the...






During the past eight decades, Aramco has grown from an oil-producing company to a fully integrated, global energy enterprise with partnerships the world over. Over the course of its history, it has been considered sui generis in the oil world EIGHTY years after the momentous signing of the May 29, 1933, concession agreement with American company Socal, Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, is still working to add new crude increments to its massive reserves on the back of a $35 billion spend over the next five years in oil...






The company is currently seeking to build on the success it achieved during the past years. It is working now to complete the first phase of the 52-unit Marsa project, followed by the launch of its second and third phase SARAYA Al Bahar Property Development Company (Sarai) was established in 2008, as a Saudi company specialised in the acquisition and development of land...






The International Exhibition Services team offers global expertise to firms wishing to expand business in Saudi Arabia within the oil and gas sector INTERNATIONAL Exhibition Services (IES) continues to maintain its reputation for organising high quality international trade events in established, as well as the world’s new emerging market economies...






The company’s commitment to provide the highest level of service possible will be further advanced by its new facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, scheduled for completion by the fourth quarter of this year FOURQUEST Energy, a multi-national oilfield services company offers a variety of services, focusing primarily on mechanical pre-commissioning, commissioning, and scheduled maintenance shutdown events...






Safaniya is a model field both figuratively and literally. That it is a model of economic development is made clear. But behind the scenes there is an actual model field FAR beneath the floor of the Arabian Gulf lies the Safaniya Field, the largest offshore oil reservoir ever discovered...






Saudi Arabia-based Oil & Gas Services Gate Company (OGSG), whose newly launched initiative eliminates the need to change the defective valves with new and costly ones, says replacing them should always be the last option VALVES, the heart of oil, gas and petrochemical plants and production facilities are valuable assets. Well heads, X-mass trees, platforms valves, wing valves, upper master valves, lower master valves, ZVs, MOVs, PCVs, HCVs, launcher and receiver valves for scrapers are so critical in production that...






The manufacturer of aids to marine navigation (AtoN) has been involved in the provision of AtoN to Aramco TIDELAND Signal is the world’s leading manufacturer of aids to marine navigation (AtoN), developing equipment to high performance standards and with the reliability needed to withstand the harsh marine environment. Tideland has served Coast Guard and Lighthouse Authorities and the offshore oil and...






With a large inventory of high quality, reliable oilfield equipment held in stock in Dammam, the company says it can help minimise disruption and downtime at either the start up or maintenance phase of an oilfield operation FOR more than 35 years Saudi Arabian Services Company Ltd (Sascom) has been supplying customers in the kingdom with oil and gas, transport, construction, agriculture and industrial products from some of the leading equipment manufacturers in the world, backed up by a nationwide distribution and...






The company already has state-of-the-art facilities in the Eastern Province (Dammam, Khafji and Jubail) as well as in the Western Province (Yanbu and Rabigh). It also plans to set up facilities in Jazan, which is developing SAUDI-BASED Quality Control Services sees boom times for it in the kingdom over the next five years...






Al Qahtani Maritime, one of the leading Saudi companies providing oil, gas and water drilling equipment and services, plans to set up an R&D facility in Dammam Industrial Village in Saudi Arabia to cater to the engineering needs of the oil and gas industry AL QAHTANI Maritime (AQM), one of the leading Saudi companies providing oil, gas and water drilling equipment and services, plans to set up a research and development (R&D) facility in Dammam Industrial Village in Saudi Arabia to cater to the engineering needs of the oil and gas industry and to...






With seven strategically located offices throughout Saudi Arabia combined with support from its exclusive distributor Al Mojil Supply & Services (MSS), Hi-Force is able to meet the various requirements of customers across a wide range of industries HI-FORCE, along with its exclusive distributor – Al Mojil Supply & Services (MSS) – is focusing on the huge potential of the diverse Saudi Arabian market targeting the oil and gas, construction, heavy engineering, petrochemical and mining industries...






As one of the leading traders of top-class instrumentation products and calibration equipment in Saudi Arabia, it is relentlessly improving its capabilities to provide high-quality technical and calibration services SAAD M Alyan for Instrumentation and Calibration, one of the leaders in pressure and temperature instrumentation supplies and services, is relentlessly improving its capabilities to provide high quality technical and calibration services to customers across major industries in Saudi Arabia and the...






To fully support the demanding applications of oil and gas installations which have specific requirements, the firm has developed dedicated networking solutions with an extremely high level of reliability and security OIL and gas installations have specific networking requirements. To fully support these demanding applications, OTN Systems has developed dedicated networking solutions with an extremely high level of reliability and security...






Hajjan Trading and Industrial Services Company’s scope spans a spectrum of activities ranging from sales and servicing of high performance protective coatings and linings, industrial cleaning equipment to advanced surface preparation abrasives ESTABLISHED in Saudi Arabia since the early 1980’s, Hajjan Trading and Industrial Services Company Ltd (Hatcon) partners with some of the world’s leading suppliers to provide its clients with the highest quality products and solutions, delivering the performance they demand every time. Its scope...






The firm’s know-how ranges from conventional gas generation for the improved production of transport fuels to futuristic technologies LINDE-SIGAS, a subsidiary of the Linde Group, is a leading manufacturer of all bulk, industrial, medical and specialty gases for the growing needs of Saudi Arabia with operational and sales outlets spread throughout the major cities of the kingdom...






Fraught with issues like oversupply of vessels, lower freight rates and struggling economies, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) hopes to capitalise every single opportunity to improve its performance and gain better financial results HAVING registered a strong growth in 2012, the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) is gearing up to meet the challenging times ahead in the shipping industry due to oversupply of vessels, lower freight rates and struggling economies in several countries...






The pace of the company’s market entry is impressive. Its first project, Sakanat al Nada, was completed within 10 months and will be a useful market barometer ahead of the end-2013 completion of its second project, Sakanat al Safa NATIVE to Oman there is a small, yellow and rather unique little bird. Known locally as Nassaj, derived from the Arabic verb ‘Nasajah’ – to tailor or weave – the bird has a distinctive nest. For one real estate developer in Dammam, this unprepossessing little bird is inspiring its nascent business...






As part of its strategy to get closer to its customers, Alaa is increasing the number of its branches in Saudi Arabia. By year-end, it hopes to have 18 branches there ALAA for Industry (AFI), one of the largest and most diverse industrial companies in the region, is expanding its production capacity in keeping with Saudi Arabia’s objective of indigenising its manufacturing sector...






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