Azerbaijan’s president hails ties with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Ambassador Dr. Hamad bin Abdullah Khaidair hold talks with Azerbaijan’s President Illham Aliyev on Saturday. (Supplied)
Updated 30 December 2018
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Azerbaijan’s president hails ties with Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to provide active humanitarian assistance to Azerbaijan

JEDDAH: Saudi Ambassador Dr. Hamad bin Abdullah Khaidair on Saturday presented his credentials to Azerbaijan’s President Illham Aliyev in presence of the country’s foreign minister.
The Azeri president hailed the ties between the two countries. He appreciated King Salman for paying attention to and supporting Azerbaijan on various political and economic issues.
Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries to provide active humanitarian assistance to Azerbaijan. From 1994-1999, Saudi Arabia repeatedly provided assistance to refugees and provided them with food, medicine and other necessities. Several disabled persons of the Karabakh war in 1999 were treated in Saudi Arabia.
In 2002, within the framework of projects for the construction of secondary schools in Baku, the “Saudi Fund for Development” extended a loan of SR35.7 million to Azerbaijan. In 2005, the Saudi government provided Azerbaijan financial assistance worth $50,000 for demining operations and also for the rehabilitation of people in the liberated territories of the country.


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.