Aramco’s Yanbu NGL Fractionation Department wins 2018 ‘Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year’ award

The winner of the 2018 ‘Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year’ Award is the Zero Ethane Flaring Project by Yanbu NGL Fractionation Department, part of Saudi Aramco, in Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed Al Hadhrami (centre), senior media relation specialist at Orpic, presents the 2018 ‘Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year’ Award, won by the Zero Ethane Flaring Project by Yanbu NGL Fractionation Department (YNGLFD), part of Saudi Aramco, to Mohammed Al-Otaibi (second from right), operations division head of YNGLFD.
Ahmed Al Hadhrami (centre), senior media relation specialist at Orpic, presents the 2018 ‘Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year’ Award, won by the Zero Ethane Flaring Project by Yanbu NGL Fractionation Department (YNGLFD), part of Saudi Aramco, to Mohammed Al-Otaibi (second from right), operations division head of YNGLFD.

This year, the judging panel for the Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards received a competitive crop of candidates for each of the 10 award categories. Each candidate was scrutinised until the judging panel was able to decide on a shortlist (https://bit.ly/2KUqGOh), and ultimately one winner and one ‘highly commended’ were chosen.

Saudi Aramco’s Yanbu NGL Fractionation Department (YNGLFD) achieved operational excellence by deploying the ‘Plan, Do, Check and Act’ – PDCA – approach based on the Deming's concept, resulting in a robust operational excellence system, that is reflected in a structured framework comprising 13 elements and 37 processes targeted at meeting stakeholders’ expectations and contributing to the long-term organisational success.

Rami R Shafiei, operational excellence team leader, YNGLFD, said: “Last year we were shortlisted; but this year, we made it!”

“The uniqueness of the Zero Ethane Flaring Project is that we have implemented the operational excellence approach based on the Deming's cycle, the best practices from the European Foundation for Quality Management, and McKinsey studies.”

The ‘highly commended’ nomination in this category is On-the-job Training Strategy by Sadara Chemical Company. The company’s investment in this ambitious initiative was $200mn over the project phase and through commissioning and start-up.

The jury panel this year, comprising five judges – Luciano Poli, president, India, Middle East and North Africa, Dow; Vivek Chandra, CEO and founder, Texas LNG; Nicholas Kjaer, general manager, Middle East, Churchill Drilling Tools; Ben Oudman, regional manager, DNV GL, oil and gas, Continental Europe, Eurasia, Middle East, India and Africa; and Annabel Green, chief technology officer, Tendeka – considered the merit of each and every entry, and decided the winner and the ‘highly commended’.

The 10 award categories were:
1) CSR Initiative of the Year
2) Downstream Project of the Year
3) HSE Initiative of the Year
4) Logistics Service Provider of the Year
5) Oil & Gas Woman of the Year
6) Oilfield Services Company of the Year
7) Operational Excellence Strategy of the Year
8) Technical Innovation of the Year
9) Training Initiative/Programme of the Year
10) Young Oil & Gas Professional of the Year

The 9th Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards took place at the Buddha-Bar, Grosvenor House, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The sponsors of this year’s Awards were Petrofac (gold sponsor), Orpic (silver sponsor), Proserv, Restrata, and Al Suwaiket & Al Busaies Attorneys at Law.

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