Aramco accelerates technology drive with BHGE research partnership

Aramco accelerates technology drive with BHGE research partnership
Published: 3 July 2019 - 3 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
Saudi Aramco signalled its commitment to advanced technology and developing global partnerships with the opening of a game-changing Baker Hughes GE (BHGE) research facility at Dhahran Techno Valley.

The facility will house a host of ground-breaking technologies, including the first industry 3D printer for metal in Saudi Arabia and a data visualisation and automation platform to help simulate and optimise well activity and construction.

“This centre will be a game-changer in ways that many of us would have considered science fiction at the beginning of our careers,” said Saudi Aramco’s vice president of petroleum engineering and development, Nasir Al Naimi, welcoming invited guests and a BHGE management delegation led by CEO Lorenzo Simonelli to the Dhahran Techno Valley.

Saudi Aramco expects the technology and strategic impact of the new centre to significantly upgrade the company’s capabilities to project manage, design, manufacture, and commission hardware and software (control and condition monitoring industry) with the ambition of deploying it globally.

Saudi Aramco and BHGE have a long history of working together. We appreciate BHGE’s wholehearted commitment to the kingdom and to supporting Saudi Aramco in its operations,” Al Naimi said. “In a way, I believe the strength of this relationship comes from a fundamental alignment of the technology roadmaps between Saudi Aramco and BHGE.”

The facility is also expected to house a visualisation lab equipped with a digital learning, visualisation and automation platform able to absorb data from multiple sources to create a digital twin of the planned well and its surrounding ecosystem. This will in turn enable well planners to run multiple predictive simulations and workflows to optimise the well construction process.

The Dhahran Techno Valley Holding Company (DTVC) – a wholly owned subsidiary of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) – is a key driver of the Dhahran Techno Valley Ecosystem, which was created to promote a knowledge-based economy in Dhahran and in the Eastern Province. This ecosystem includes KFUPM, national champions such as Saudi Aramco, SABIC and SEC, technology partners and small to medium size enterprises.

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