Aramco may use palm fiber to bolster oil wells

Updated 02 October 2015

Aramco may use palm fiber to bolster oil wells

DHAHRAN: Saudi Aramco’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) is testing fiber made from palm trees to reinforce oil wells during drilling, which could potentially be cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
When a well is being drilled, fluid is used to lift rock debris to the surface. Permeable rock formations will frequently experience high mud losses while drilling, which cause instability and the loss of expensive drilling mud, the company said on its website.
To prevent this, loss circulation materials (LCM) are typically added to drilling fluids to seal and plug these “thief” zones and restore the full circulation of drilling mud. Researchers at EXPEC ARC discovered that date tree waste could be used for this purpose instead. The product has been named “ARC Plug.”
Experimental results indicate that date tree waste-based fibrous LCMs have similar or better performance than other conventional LCM products in sealing and blocking permeable and small fractured loss zones. This makes locally developed, organic, biodegradable and non-toxic LCMs similar to imported granular and fibrous LCM materials, the company said.
The palm tree LCMs demonstrated their potential in the laboratory in controlling seepage, moderate and severe loss of circulation. EXPEC ARC is now conducting the final stage of testing on the new LCM product in field trials scheduled for the first quarter of 2016.
Nasser Al-Naimi, deputy head for oil works in the northern area, said: “Drilling fluids play an important role by lifting the rocky waste to the surface as well as facilitating other drilling missions.”
To check out the economic and operational feasibility of the initiative, an Aramco team visited the Palms and Dates Research Center and a plant for manufacturing fibers in Al-Ahsa, Al-Naimi said.
According to the research center in Al-Ahsa, there are approximately 120,000 to 135,000 tons of date kernels available every year from various sources such as biscuit factories and date-processing plants.
Mohammed Amanullah, EXPEC petroleum engineering consultant and projects manager, said: “There are large quantities of palm waste available regularly in the Kingdom which are used for raw materials in many products. More than 500,000 tons of fibrous materials used to reduce the loss of drilling fluids can be produced by pruning palm damaged and fruitless waste.”
Ali Abdullah Al-Mashari, EXPEC director, said: “The manufacturing of substances responsible for reducing the loss of drilling fluids locally is expected to reduce the cost of importing these materials from abroad significantly, as well as add a new economic stream through recycling palm waste and developing national industries.”

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.