Research & Development Center (R&DC) opens

Company scientists get their own home in November 2000: the state-of-the-art Research and Development Center (R&DC) in Dhahran. R&DC spearheads the development of cutting-edge surface upstream and downstream technology.

A fresh look

We introduce a new logo with the new millennium. The new corporate identity is unveiled in Dhahran on April 24.

Petroleum reservoirs are modeled in 3-D visualization rooms to optimize production.


Hawiyah Gas plant begins gas production

The Hawiyah Gas plant begins operations with a processing capacity of 1.4 billion standard cubic feet of non-associated gas per day. The plant boosts the Kingdom's gas supply by more than 30%, fuels electricity grids and water desalination plants, and feeds the country's petrochemical industry.

Launch of the Environmental Master Plan

From improved air emissions controls and waste management to cleaner gasoline and diesel fuels, the Environmental Master Plan applies flexible funding streams to support initiatives that can deliver impactful changes.

The Hawiyah Gas Plant is the first to process nonassociated gas.


Company subsidiary acquires Texaco's interest in Motiva

Saudi Refining Inc., a subsidiary of Aramco Services Company, takes a 50% interest in Motiva, the refining and marketing company operating primarily in the eastern United States. The other 50% interest is owned by Shell.

The Leo Star, a double-hulled supertanker capable of transporting 2 million barrels of crude oil, joins the Vela fleet.


Haradh Gas Plant opens

Located at the southern tip of Ghawar, Haradh Gas Plant is our second facility to process only non-associated gas. Designed to process 1.6 billion standard cubic feet per day of a combined raw feed of sweet and sour gas, the plant comes on-stream in June.

The Haradh Gas Plant is named Project of the Year by the Project Management Institute.


Company acquires interest in Showa Shell

A company subsidiary acquires a 10% shareholding in Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., a Royal Dutch/Shell refining and marketing arm in Japan. We agree to provide Showa Shell with a minimum of 300,000 bpd of oil. The equity stake is later increased to nearly 15%.

The Qatif crude oil increment added 800,000 barrels per day of oil processing capacity to our portfolio.


Joint venture with Sumitomo Chemical Co.

We form a joint venture with Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. of Japan, to develop an integrated refining and petrochemical complex in Rabigh on the Red Sea coast.

The digital display wall in the Operations Coordination Center is the largest in the petroleum industry.


New technologies at Haradh III

Haradh III is the first major addition to production capacity — at Saudi Aramco or anywhere else in the world — to bundle the latest drilling and production technologies and apply them to a drilling program developed for a particular field.

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The Haradh oil increment is developed with 32 maximum reservoir contact wells rather than 280 vertical wells, slashing well-development costs.


Equity ventures in China

Company subsidiary Saudi Aramco Sino Co. Ltd. (SASC) sign agreements with ExxonMobil, Sinopec Corp and the Fujian Provincial Government of China to form two joint ventures: Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co. Ltd. (FRPC), a refining and petrochemicals venture, and Sinopec SenMei (Fujian) Petroleum Co. Ltd. (SSPC), a marketing venture.

The Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Co. Ltd. complex in China.


75th anniversary

We celebrate our 75th anniversary in Dhahran in May.

Design begins on the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture

In addition to being an iconic architectural landmark, the Center will be a cultural institution of international renown, and a model for social progress through education and cross-cultural exchange.

Saudi Aramco celebrates its 75th anniversary in Dhahran.


12-million bpd capacity expansion program completed

We complete a multi-stage, large-scale project spanning our entire business, expanding our production and processing capacity of oil, gas, natural gas liquids, refining and petrochemicals. With this expansion, maximum sustainable crude oil production capacity reaches 12 million bpd, nearly 15% of total global oil demand.

Petro Rabigh, our first petrochemical plant, begins production

In partnership with Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. of Japan, we enter the petrochemical business with the start-up of Petro Rabigh, an integrated refinery and petrochemical plant.

The Petro Rabigh project integrates an existing refinery with a petrochemical complex.

Design and start-up assistance for KAPSARC™

We support the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, a future-oriented independent research and policy institution committed to energy and environmental exploration and analysis, due to be completed in 2012.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Built from scratch on a 36-million square meter site, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is located about 80 kilometers north of Jiddah on the Red Sea. We enlist the help of an international advisory council to ensure the university meets the best practices of the world's top academic and research institutions.

The King Abdullah University for Science and Technology opens for classes.