Oct 12 - Saudi Aramco Opens First Overseas R&D Facility

Source Press Release
Company Saudi Aramco 
Tags Technology
Date October 11, 2012

Saudi Aramco announced that it officially opened its first satellite research office at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands on September 21.

The inauguration is a major milestone as it marks the first of several satellite research centres (SRCs) set to open worldwide, the company said.

Saudi Aramco has a strategy to better leverage global scientific expertise and strengthen collaboration in providing solutions to the company’s research and technology challenges.

The company’s EXPEC Advanced Research Center and its Research and Development Center (R&DC) are expanding their presence internationally by establishing SRCs in strategic locations around the world.

These centres will increase access to talent and technology abroad and promote closer collaboration with key research institutions, according to the company.

“Saudi Aramco and TU Delft have a long-standing partnership stemming from our support of innovative postdoctoral and collaborative research related to oil and gas technical challenges,” said Saudi Aramco CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih, who officially opened the research facility.

“We are delighted to strengthen and deepen this partnership with TU Delft through the establishment of this first satellite office, and we continue to augment our position with additional leading institutions throughout the world to leverage specialised research niches,” he said.

The centre at TU Delft concentrates on geophysics research in near surface characterisation and data-driven seismic processing and is one of two Saudi Aramco embedded research groups that are closely aligned with universities.

The second group at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology, undertakes projects related to biocapture, robotics, fuel technology, chemicals, membranes and advanced materials.Five additional stand-alone research centres are also well under way.

The second technology office, located in Aberdeen, Scotland, is nearing completion and will handle partnerships, collaboration and other business functions largely related to production and drilling technologies.

A centre in Houston will span all upstream disciplines. Houston, a major hub for oil and gas research and development (R&D) activities, is near chemical and oil field fluids manufacturers. It is also close to service companies' R&D labs, as well as top petroleum engineering universities.

A stand-alone centre is also under way in Cambridge, Massachusetts, adjacent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to support computational reservoir modelling, nanotechnology and advanced gas membrane systems. This centre will host both EXPEC ARC and R&DC teams.

Beijing will be the location for another research centre with emphasis on research in reservoir and production chemistry and geophysics.

A southeast Michigan centre will focus on carbon capture from mobile sources and fuel technology research, and the company’s Fuel Technology Team - in collaboration with leading research organisations - will be conducting joint research on fuel and engine development in Paris.

All centres are expected to be fully operational in 2013, the company said.

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