‘Security at Pakistani airports worrying’

Updated 27 June 2014
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‘Security at Pakistani airports worrying’

A local travel operator has expressed concerns about the security situation at airports in Pakistan after the latest incident on Tuesday when gunmen opened fire at a plane arriving in Peshawar, killing one passenger and injuring three crew members.
The leading Riyadh-based operator, who did not want to be named, said this was the third incident involving violence at Pakistani airports this month.
He said extremists stormed Pakistan's biggest airport, Jinnah International Airport, in the commercial capital Karachi on June 8 in a commando-style attack.
The other incident on June 23 saw a passenger plane carrying an anti-government preacher, Tahirul Qadri, diverted at the last minute from Islamabad to Lahore following violent clashes on the ground between his supporters and police.
Gulf airlines have confirmed that they suspended flights to Peshawar following the latest incident.
Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways suspended their operations to and from Bacha Khan International Airport on Wednesday. They were closely monitoring the security situation on Thursday.
Speaking to Arab News on Thursday, a Qatar Airways official in Riyadh, who requested anonymity, said: "Yes, flights from Riyadh to Peshawar are suspended. However, the situation is being reviewed and flights will resume if and when the situation improves."
He declined to answer further questions and referred Arab News to the airline's Doha office. The newspaper could not get comment from the Doha office at the time of going to press.
Emirates had already confirmed on its website that it suspended services to Peshawar. "Flights have been suspended from June 25 until further notice due to the security situation at the Peshawar airport. The passengers booked to travel between June 25 and 27 can cancel their bookings, re-book to travel at a later date, or fly to another Emirates destination in Pakistan,” the Dubai-based airline stated.
Emirates operates five weekly flights to Peshawar, and has a schedule of 66 weekly flights to Pakistan.
Pakistan's civil aviation authority said that although flights were suspended after the Peshawar incident, domestic flights resumed Wednesday. Pakistan's security agencies have arrested hundreds of suspects after the incident.
A Pakistan International Airline official was quoted by a section of the media as saying the gunmen had aimed specifically at the fuel tank because they wanted to blow up the aircraft. "It would have been a disaster had they been successful," he said.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.