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Natural Gas STAR Program

First Global Methane Initiative Workshop and Exhibition in the Middle East

April 27-28, 2015, Khobar, Saudi Arabia

The agenda and presentations are provided below.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Time Agenda Item
09:00 – 10:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • His Royal Highness Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Vice Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
  • Mr. Khalid A. Al-Falih, Saudi Aramco President and CEO
  • His Excellency Joseph W. Westphal, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
10:00 – 11:30

Exhibition Tour and Networking

  • Guided by the event coordinators: Mr. Mohammed Al Othman & Mr. Saeed Al Alloush
12:30 – 12:55

Environmental Protection in Saudi Aramco

  • Mr. Houmod Al-Utaibi, General Supervisor, Environmental Protection Dept., Saudi Aramco
12:55 – 13:20

Advancing Climate Protection, Operational Safety and Energy Security via Methane Emissions Management

  • Mr. Scott Bartos, International Program Manager, Climate Change Division, US EPA
13:20 – 13:45

CCAC – Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP): Background, Partners, Responsibilities, Benefits, Calendar 2015/2016

  • Mr. Philip Swanson, Methane Partnership Administrator, UNEP
13:45 – 14:10

Saudi Aramco Methane Reduction Efforts: Flare Minimization Program

  • Mr. Adel S. Al-Ghamdi, Sr. Process Engineer, Process & Control Systems Dept. Saudi Aramco
14:25 – 14:50

CCAC – Oil & Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP): Partner Reporting Mechanism

  • Mr. Philip Swanson, Methane Partnership Administrator, UNEP
14:50 – 15:15

Methane Emissions and Mitigation Opportunities: 9 CCAC Sources, Other GMI Sources

  • Mr. Don Robinson, Vice President, ICF International
15:15 – 15:40

Methane Emissions Detection and Measurement Techniques, Equipment and Costs

  • Mr. Larry Richards, HyBon Engineering
15:40 – 16:05

Methane Emissions Inventory Experience in the Middle East: Ras Laffan

  • Mr. Saif Al Naimi, Director of HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate, Qatar Petroleum
16:05 - 16:35 Q & A session with presenters
16:35 First Day Closing

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Time Agenda Item
08:00 – 08:15

Opening Remarks – Recap of Day 1

  • Mr. Saeed Al Alloush (Saudi Arabia) and Mr. Scott Bartos (US EPA)
08:15 – 08:45

Methane Emissions Control/Reduction Project Evaluation and Implementation

  • Mr. Larry Richards, HyBon Engineering
08:45 – 09:45

Saudi Aramco, U.S. and Other Country Case Studies

10:00 – 11:30

Oil & Gas Partner Case Studies


Closing Remarks

  • Mr. Khalid Abuleif, Sustainability Advisor to the Minister & Chief Negotiator for Climate Agreements, Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia
13:00 – 16:30

Field Trip To Saudi Aramco Engineering Solutions Center (ESC)

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