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Shell celebrates 75 years of partnership with Saudi Arabia

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Mar 20, 2016

RIYADH – Shell in Saudi Arabia commemorated its 75th anniversary at an event hosted on Wednesday in the presence of Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President and Chairman of the Board Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) as the guest of honor and Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden. In attendance were Prince Mohammed K.A. Al-Faisal, CEO of Faisaliah Group; Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Faisal, Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Health and Chairman of the Board of Saudi Aramco; Amin Nasser, CEO of Saudi Aramco, and Sheikh Mohammed Al Jomaih.

Shell’s journey in Saudi Arabia began with the refueling of King Abdulaziz’s airplane. Today, Shell is active in refining, petrochemicals, aircraft refueling services and the blending and marketing of lubricants. Shell employs more than 2,000 staff with its partners in the Kingdom, with approximately 80% staff being Saudi nationals.

The 75-year celebratory event took place at the National Museum and highlighted the longstanding partnership between Shell and the Kingdom, memorialized with the opening of the ‘Saudia’ photo exhibition. ‘Saudia’ showcases the Kingdom’s remarkable political, social and economic developments over the last seven decades through a series of historic images. The King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives was Shell’s partner in creating the ‘Saudia’ photobook and exhibition. The exhibition, which includes pictures never published before, will remain in the National Museum for another two weeks and is open to the public.

Speaking at the commemorative event, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said “we are proud of our long-standing and successful partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and with its people. As we have over the last 75 years, we are determined to use our innovative technology to support the Kingdom’s future energy needs.”

“We look forward to many more decades of success, progress and partnership,” he added.

Shell’s long-standing partners also participated in the commemorative event, including Saudi Aramco with whom Shell has established the Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery, one of the largest refineries in the Middle East, SABIC with whom Shell owns SADAF, one of the world’s largest petrochemical complexes, Peninsular Aviation Services Company Limited which provides fuel to international airports in the west of the Kingdom and the Al Jomaih family which has 50% shareholding in Jomaih and Shell Lubricating Oil Company (JOSLOC), which manufactures and distributes Shell lubricants in Saudi Arabia.

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