From left to right, Shoaib Rasheed, Special Assistant, Regional Affairs – Calgary, Ministers’ Regional Office, Government of Canada, Deana Haley, Vice President of Client Services, Calgary Economic Development, Sanjeev Bansal, Jacobs Managing Director, Canada, Mark Brantley, Jacobs Vice President and General Manager Energy and Chemicals North America, Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Mary Moran, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development, and Abdulhakim Joaib , Saudi Aramco Senior Project Manager, Andrew Wong, Jacobs VP Business Development, Canada and Jeanette Sutherland, Manager of Workforce, Calgary Economic Development.Photo by Todd Korol.

Calgary is an established centre of excellence in all things energy, and that increasingly includes providing the engineering expertise to help develop some of the biggest projects in the world.

Global energy and engineering leaders Saudi Aramco and Jacobs Engineering Group reinforced the point in announcing they will provide front-end engineering, procurement management and project management services for part of the massive offshore Zuluf field development project from Jacobs’ offices in Calgary. 

The Zuluf program will provide facilities to process 600,000 barrels of oil per day of Arab heavy crude oil from the Zuluf offshore field.

The contract will support significant engineering and administrative jobs through both Aramco and Jacobs. There is also a contingent of people from the Zuluf project team in Saudi Arabia who will temporarily relocate to Calgary. The Zuluf project in the Arabian Gulf is one of four “mega projects” Saudi Aramco has embarked on support its Saudi Vision 2030.

The Zuluf team in Calgary is located in downtown office space, Jacobs said, and their work is related to onshore Central Processing Facilities for the multifaceted project to increase production of crude oil and associated natural gas.

“We are utilizing our Calgary office’s extensive experience in oil and gas treating and processing to deliver this major project for Saudi Aramco,” said Vice President and General Manager Energy and Chemicals North America Mark Brantley. “We will leverage our local wealth of oil and gas experience to deliver innovative solutions and drive profitable growth for our Canadian operations, and our clients around the globe.”

“We welcome Saudi Aramco’s recognition of Calgary’s world-class talent in their decision to return to Canada, said Managing Director of Jacobs Canada Sanjeev Bansal.

With more engineers and geoscience professionals per capita than any city in Canada and a track record of developing some of the largest and most complex oil and gas projects in the world, Calgary has proven expertise in taking on major challenges.

Officials from Aramco and Jacobs met with Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Mary Moran, President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development, to cement the relationship with the city and to discuss the potential for future work.

“Calgary continues to providing reliable and responsibly-produced energy to the world,” said Mayor Nenshi. “Global partnerships like this one with Saudi Aramco and Jacobs are a great example of how locally-produced solutions can benefit the whole world.”

Calgary Economic Development worked closely with both companies to ensure the success of the Saudi Aramco team’s move to Calgary. Marketing the abundance of engineering talent that makes the city a centre of excellence for all things energy has been a major focus for the organization.

“Calgary is known globally as a centre of excellence in all things energy and the world is seeing that we not only produce energy resources at the highest standards in Canada, we also export the expertise to develop them responsibly worldwide,” said Moran. 

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