Saudi Aramco, Master Gas System Expansion (MGSE)

The Innovative Team Award

Project Name

Master Gas System Expansion (MGSE) Phase 1


Saudi Arabia

Project Details

This project is a multidisciplinary mega-project to meet increasing demand for natural gas in Saudi Arabia and in direct response to Saudi Arabia’s new direction to replace crude with natural gas in power stations for a cleaner environment and sustainable future. The compression stations constructed under the project are the largest of its kind in the world, which provided a unique level of complexity in terms of logistics and constructability.

Team Details

The project team included professionals from various engineering backgrounds as well as experienced construction and project professionals. The project team utilized this opportunity of constructing the compression stations to train many young engineers who became dependable and important members of the team. The senior leadership team for the project consisted of Manager of Pipelines Project Department, General Manager of Downstream Project Management and Vice President of Project Management.

Innovation Description

The project team has gone beyond the norms of a traditional owner-contractor relationship and has fully partnered with the contractor to deliver in an unofficial alliance approach to mitigate the communication barriers and overcoming the culture difference with the foreign contractor (from China). This was instrumental in executing the project before the deadline and achieving 10,000,000 man-hours with zero lost time incidents.