Chemical Engineering Department visit to Saudi Aramco Strategic Storage and Abha Bulk Plant


Each semester the Faculty of Engineering under the supervision of the Dean of the College Dr. Ibrahim Falki arranges the industrial field visits. In this semester also a group of graduating students of the Department of Chemical Engineering visited to Aramco Strategic Storage Company on 09th April, 2019 in Abha under the supervision of Dr. Atef El Jery and Dr. Yasser Fahmy. The aim of this visit was to identify the advanced systems ascribing to the methods and stages adopted in the storage and distribution of oil and gas. Strategic storage is located in north of Abha city in Asir region of the kingdom. This facility is supplied with petroleum products from the Jazan distribution station via a 245 km pipeline through Asir mountain ranges. The petroleum products are pumped from the storage site to the distribution station via a 7 km pipeline for local consumption since 1424 AH. Strategic storage and distribution are amongst the most important places in the region. The storage facility is well equipped with health and safety standards. This visit was a great success as our students received detail information about the facility from the integrated team that oversees the distribution process in the strategic stores. The students received a warm welcome and encouragement from the group of members of Saudi Aramco. The program began with the screening of a film about Saudi Aramco's energy from storage to distribution. The aim of Saudi Arabia is to develop a safe and secure system to ensure the protection of petroleum products and secure the needs of safe distribution of petroleum products in times of crisis and emergency.  The importance of oil and gas and their derivatives are paramount as they are used  in many vital activities such as extracting pure water from the land, desalination, civil and military transportation, and the generation of electricity on which all industries depend. As oil installations are usually subject to sabotage or natural disasters, it is necessary to consider developing a safe and efficient system aimed at protecting these facilities and providing petroleum products permanently to all vital facilities and sectors under different circumstances. The main site of the project is about 40 km north of Abha city. The pipeline runs about 240 kilometers long and has two pumping stations, pumping sea-level products to the high mountains up to 2,800 meters, through a tunnel that crosses the mountains. It contains a nuclear, chemical and biological bomb-protected area. It also contains the main control room through which all the station equipment and systems can be operated automatically and equipped with the main computers, which are connected to Saudi Aramco computers to know the size of the stored products and all environmental matters. The system is also linked to the Ministry of Defense and Aviation in Riyadh so that the Ministry is kept informed of the size of strategic stocks. In the end, the accompanying doctors expressed their thanks and appreciation to the team supervising the station for valuable information that they shared with our students.


  Important Announcement for College of Engineering Students: Summer Semester 1441-1442 You will find the summer semester schedule at the College of Engineering for All departments: Through the following links Mechanical Engineering Civil Engineering Electrical Engineering Chemical Engineering Industrial Engineering    
  The College of Engineering and the Education for Employment Community (EFE) are looking for a way to collaborate for the training and development for the students. The Faculty of Engineering represented by the Dean of Engineering, the faculty Vice-Dean and the head of the Specific Initiatives and Quality programs initiated a meeting with The Education for Employment Community (EFE) represented by its director Abdullah Al-Ghamdi to boost the training and development program for the college of engineering students to provide them with an opportunity of direct employment. The dean of the College of Engineering explained that this initiative will nurture the skills of the students of the Faculty of Engineering and fit them towards the goals of the Kingdom's 2030 vision, especially from the labor market perspective.    
  In cooperation with Shell, the College of Engineering provided a training course for college students titled: The international Program Nxplorer Under the auspices of His Excellency the Dean of the College of Engineering Dr.  Mohammed Khaloofah Al Mesfer, the Training Unit of the College of Engineering, in cooperation with Shell, presented the international program Nxplorer to 57 students, from all departments, for three days 16-18/6/1441.  The aim of the training program is to provide the trainees with the ability to use creative thinking mechanisms in creating effective solutions that can be applied to local problems related to the environment, food or energy. The program focuses on defining the link between food, water and energy, and building awareness, developing knowledge, and providing tools for thinking and complex problem-solving skills for future leaders.  The NXPLORERS program relies on the use of a unique blend of three approaches: Systematic thinking: It is a framework for seeing the larger picture rather than seeing isolated parts. Scenario planning: ask 'what-if' questions to explore alternative perspectives on the future and find reasonable stories about it. Change theory: a methodology of thinking imagining how and why a particular change is expected.  Merging these methods into one program creates a new way to look at the complexities and challenges that exist in society, and it shows young people how to deal with the complex challenges facing society, now and in the future.    
  The seminar will be presented by Faculty members: Industrial Engineering Department Dear All, As per the part of the initiative in the faculty members Teaching-Learning Process, the Industrial Engineering Department is pleased to invite all the Faculty of Engineering to attend the Seminar on Tuesday 18/02/2020. Seminar Title: Decision Making College of Engineering, Building A/1/145 Time: 12 - 1 PM Faculty members' involvement is highly encouraged and students are more than welcome. Presented By: Dr. Mohammad Qureshi    
  In cooperation with Shell, the College of Engineering offers two training courses for college students - First entitled: The International Program Nxplorer, from 06/16/1441 AH to 6/18/1441 AH from 4:30 to 9:00 PM. - The second is entitled: Entrepreneurial Projects Management, from 01/07/1441 AH to 07/03/1441 AH from 4:30 to 9:00 PM.   The training program aims to give the trainees the ability to use creative thinking mechanisms in creating effective solutions that can be applied to local problems related to the environment, food or energy. It focuses on defining the link between food, water and energy, building awareness, developing knowledge, and providing thinking tools and complex problem-solving skills for future leaders.