Saudi Aramco showcases technologies and initiatives at ADSW 2018

SA EVThe event focuses on diversifying the country’s energy resources. (Image source: Saudi Aramco)Saudi Aramco, alongside other 13 Saudi entities, has participated in Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in the UAE from 13-20 January 2018, aiming to support the diversification of the kingdom’s energy mix, increase energy efficiency and achieve sustainability goals and objectives

The Saudi participation in the event is led by the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, where leading Saudi organisations are showcasing sustainability-related initiatives and technologies at the Saudi Pavilion.

Abdulkarim Al-Ghamdi, executive director of power systems at Saudi Aramco, said, “The company is considering new renewable energy opportunities for the utilities sector to diversify the company’s portfolio and to support the Kingdom’s goal in achieving renewable energy capacity of 9.5 GW by 2023.”

Al-Ghamdi said that Saudi Aramco continues to explore opportunities in wind and solar energy in various locations in the Kingdom, in addition to R&D efforts in carbon management, emissions-to-value, engine and fuel technologies. He also emphasised the importance of localising technologies and the value chain relevant to renewable energy in the Kingdom.

Saudi Aramco implements digitisation and smart solutions across all of its power, oil and gas hydrocarbon facilities. The digital solutions are expected to further maximise new value generations to Saudi Aramco to maintain competitive operating and maintenance cost.

In 2017, Saudi Aramco commissioned the first wind turbine in the kingdom, providing electricity directly to the bulk plant in Turaif. According to Aramco, one turbine creates power to supply 250 homes and can displace 19,000 boe and generate 2.75MW.

The Saudi Pavilion hosts a number of informative and interactive displays about energy, water resources and waste management, where visitors can learn about the kingdom’s efforts and initiatives in sustainability and development.

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