Saudi Aramco signalled its commitment to cutting edge technology and developing global partnerships with the opening of a new research facility from Baker Hughes GE (BHGE) at Dhahran Techno Valley, in Saudi Arabia.
The state-of-the-art facility will house a host of groundbreaking 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 center 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 & 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 Saudi Aramco’s capabilities to project manage, design, manufacture, and commission hardware and software (control & 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.
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.