Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan consisting of hundreds of islands, is unique. It has long served as the pivotal bridge linking Northeast Asia with the rest of the world, and today, Okinawa again is a significant bridge connecting Saudi Aramco with the Asian region.
Saudi Aramco has operated a crude oil terminal in Uruma City on the east coast of Okinawa Island since 2010, when an agreement with the Japanese government was signed. Saudi Aramco uses the terminal to store Arabian crudes, and then it sells the crude oil to various markets in the Asia Pacific area. The agreement provides Japan the first priority in the event of an emergency.
Okinawa also was the site for three successful executive retreats that Saudi Aramco hosted in the past, uniting Saudi Aramco senior management with regional customers. With Okinawa being the symbol of the connectedness with Asia Pacific, Aramco Asia-Japan (AAJ) has been building and deepening its commitment to the island through various activities that deliver clear environmental footprints and a social license to operate on this beautiful island.