Baker Hughes General Electric and Saudi Aramco have cut the ribbon on a research facility at Dhahran Techno Valley – a centre that bosses say verges on science fiction.
The facility is home to the first industry 3D printer for metal in Saudi Arabia, as well as a data visualization and automation platform designed to help simulate and optimize well activity and construction.
The Visualization Lab, as it is known, is 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 planners to run multiple predictive simulations and workflows to optimize the construction process.
Saudi Aramco’s Vice President of Petroleum Engineering and Development, Nasir Al Naimi, 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.
He said: “This centre will be a gamechanger in ways that many of us would have considered science fiction at the beginning of our careers.
“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.
“In a way, I believe the strength of this relationship comes from a fundamental alignment of the technology roadmaps between Saudi Aramco and BHGE.”