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Message from the President & CEO

As President and Chief Executive Officer, I have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Company’s Website.

The progressive movements of developments and implementation of large industrial projects, reflects the deep concern of the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the industrialization of the Kingdom, on the basis of scientific and modern technologies.

The Saudi leadership has continued to play an important and constructive role through implementation of hundreds of huge projects in almost all parts of the Kingdom. Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company Limited (known as SAMREF) is one of these large projects.

SAMREF is a joint venture owned equally by Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (ExxonMobil) of the United States of America.  In 2014, Samref has successfully completed 30 years of successful Operation.

The significance of SAMREF can be seen from many aspects, namely:

• In-Kingdom processing of crude oil, which enables the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to export finished products and not only crude oil. This constitutes an important transition in the methods of best utilization of the Kingdom’s oil wealth;

• Availability of oil energy in the Western province provides a positive, quick and constructive contribution for the development of the new Industrial City of Madinat Yanbu Al-Sinaiyah (MYAS);

• Offering new opportunities for Saudis to participate in the industrialization programs and providing them with training and career development, to qualify them to undertake the leadership and management of the Kingdom’s projects.
SAMREF’s vision is to be the leading refinery in Europe and Asia. It is well on its way to achieving that vision but it is a continuous journey, calling for constant striving for as near to perfection as possible. The Company has many records of which it is proud of, including but not limited to, an enviable safety record and a mechanical reliability which puts the Company into the first quartile of refineries.

Among the emerging challenges facing SAMREF is the ever evolving Cyber Security threat. SAMREF always strives to employ the most effective protection measures in place, educate and empower our employees to be ever vigilant against Cyber attacks.  We also believe that Cyber security is a shared responsibility, and are continuously collaborating with our shareholders and other JV's to keep our defenses up-to-date

All the above could not have been achieved without a dedicated, loyal and conscientious Workforce, of whom 90% are Saudi Arabian Nationals. They are proud of being SAMREF’s employees. It is through this employment that they are making a valuable contribution to the welfare of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the local Community and the wider community of the Region.

Mohammad N. Al-Naghash
President and Chief Executive Officer