It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our first edition of SandRose Magazine for the 2021-2023 term. The theme of this issue is “Today’s energy shapes our tomorrow,” paying tribute to the energy industry’s role in advancing our world by powering our lives and creating a better and brighter future for all. When we refer to “today’s energy,” we also celebrate the energy industry’s greatest asset: its people. This idea is corroborated by a milestone that the SPE-KSA section achieved in July 2021 when we became the largest SPE section in the world. We proudly commemorate this occasion with messages from the SPE-KSA Board of Directors and SPE International leaders.
In this issue, we introduce an editorial celebrating the Kingdom’s energy journey from 1930 to 2030, exploring the evolution and transformation of the energy industry from its inception in 1930 to the present day as well as the road ahead to achieving Vision 2030 ambitions. In this issue Mr. Fuad Al-Therman pens a poignant article reflecting on the importance of aiming to achieve our personal best by challenging ourselves. The SandRose editorial team also interviewed Saudi climber, Abdulrahman Al-Abdu about the sport and the life lessons it provides. Much like Mr. Al-Therman’s sentiments and ambitions, the drive to climbing the greatest peaks always originates from a deep-rooted desire to defy our limits. In this issue, we also introduce the “SPE-KSA Members Spotlight” to celebrate the people behind the success of SPE-KSA. We are delighted to inaugurate this feature with SPE MENA Regional Director, Mr. Faisal Al-Nughaimish. Towards the goal of honoring SPE’s mission to promote knowledge dissemination, we feature hand-picked technical papers covering the latest innovations from the industry. Furthermore, we are proud to introduce the SandRose Technical Paper digest, summarizing paper recommendations from subject matter experts (SMEs). With the commencement of this new SPE term, SPE-KSA has already organized a host of activities that we are proud to highlight in this issue—starting with the newly established D&I Committee’s “Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace” panel and the Student Outreach Team’s Energy4me and school visits programs.
I would like to thank Schlumberger for sponsoring this issue. Your support and partnership is instrumental to the success of this magazine. I would also like to thank SandRose contributors and the editorial team for their dedication and enthusiasm. Finally, I would like to thank former editors-in-chief Hala Al-Hashmi, Salma Al-Hashmi, Hind Al-Rayes, and Rawan Al-Nasser. Thank you for your support and guidance with this first issue.
As always, we are always looking for talented writers and artists to feature in future issues. For feedback or contributions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]