Industry consortium honours Aramco's East-West pipeline system

Industry consortium honours Aramco's East-West pipeline system
Saudi Aramco's Master Gas System – Booster Gas Compression Stations project will greatly expand the capacity of the east-west pipeline system to deliver sales gas throughout the Kingdom.
Published: 14 September 2017 - 4 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

The Construction Industry Institute (CII) recognised Saudi Aramco's East-West Pipelines Projects Department for its outstanding application of CII best practices on the Master Gas System Expansion (Phase 1) – Booster Gas Compression Stations project.

Based at the University of Texas at Austin, the CII is a non-profit consortium of owners, engineering contractors and supplier firms from public and private arenas.

Its 2017 CII Implementation Award was presented to Aramco during an official ceremony at the CII Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Each year, the conference draws together senior leadership in the construction industry and academia from throughout the world.

“This is a great honour,” said Mansour S Al-Shehri, manager, East-West Pipelines Projects Department, Aramco. “The CII award not only recognises the team’s success in developing an optimal work environment, but also spotlights Saudi Aramco as a global leader in the capital projects industry.”

The awards committee selected Aramco for both its excellent project execution strategies, as well as effective use of the CII best practices.

Al-Shehri said the company followed two key objectives for success; to establish and achieve critical project milestones and eliminate potential hurdles. Additionally, professional development was given a high priority.

“Our team members were actively involved in formulating best practice procedures, using industry benchmarks as well as their own worksite experience for lessons learned,” commented Al-Shehri.

One particular CII standard adopted by Aramco is called ‘Zero Accident Technique’, which includes site-specific safety programmes and implementation, auditing and incentives.

The company is expanding its master gas system to help meet the Kingdom’s increased demand for natural gas as the industrial sector grows. The project execution is being carried out in two phases. The master gas system lets Aramco use or market nearly all of the gas associated with oil production and all non-associated gas produced from deep gas reservoirs.

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