DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia – Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) has opened a new research facility at Dhahran Techno Valley.
According to Saudi Aramco, this will host development of various technologies, including the first industry 3D printer for metal in Saudi Arabia and a data visualization and automation platform to help simulate and optimize well activity and construction.
Aramco expects these developments to significantly upgrade its capabilities to design, manufacture, and commission hardware and software for control and condition monitoring.
One expected feature of the new facility will be a visualization laboratory equipped with a digital learning, visualization and automation platform.
It will be able to absorb data from multiple sources to create a digital twin of a planned well, which should in turn allow well planners to run multiple predictive simulations and workflows to optimize the construction process.
Dhahran Techno Valley Holding Co. is a subsidiary of the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.
Aramco and BHGE have also signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly create a new center in-Kingdom to manufacture non-metallic materials for use in a variety of areas of the energy industry.
These materials will improve efficiency and reliability of Aramco’s assets by reducing the effects of corrosion. Initially the venture will initially focus on non-metallic reinforced thermoplastic pipes.