Saudi Aramco breaks ground new research centre at KAUST
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Saudi Aramco breaks ground for new research centre at KAUST

8:57 AM, 19th December 2016
Dignities from Saudi Aramco and KAUST
Dignities from Saudi Aramco and KAUST during the groundbreaking ceremony for a new research centre.

THUWAL, SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Aramco broke ground for a new, state-of-the-art research centre at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The construction is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Ali I Al Naimi, chairman of KAUST board of trustees; Khalid Al Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, chairman of Saudi Aramco and vice-chairman of KAUST board of trustees; Amin H Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco; Prof Jean-Lou Chameau, KAUST president; and several government, academic and business dignities.

The new centre will be an 11,300-square meter research facility, housing 132 scientists and researchers, aimed at supporting Saudi Aramco’s upstream and downstream research domains as well as environmental protection research efforts.

The facility will allow the company to leverage its unique position within the R&D ecosystem at KAUST to accelerate the implementation of the company’s technology strategy.

The new centre will include laboratories and offices to support research in the areas of chemicals, intelligent systems, solar energy, reservoir engineering, computational modelling, and environmental protection.

“Saudi Aramco and KAUST are leaders in technology development domestically and internationally. Their unique roles in developing innovative and original research are essential to the future success of the energy industry in Saudi Arabia. Their future joint research and development efforts, through collaboration and partnership, will help achieve the Kingdom’s strategic energy objectives and create business value in pursuit of the national objective of transition to a knowledge society, as enunciated in Vision 2030,” said Al Falih.

“The groundbreaking marks a major milestone in the successful partnership between Saudi Aramco and KAUST, for the benefit of the nation as a whole. Our partnership with KAUST will accelerate the successful delivery of technologies across the entire value chain of the energy industry,” said Nasser.

“At KAUST, we are committed to advancing science, innovation and technology through distinctive and collaborative research, which relies upon the nurturing of ideas and talent. Partnering with Saudi Aramco on this new centre is the latest in a series of shared successes to foster the transition to an innovation-driven economy sustained by intellectual capital and scientific discovery,” said Jean-Lou Chameau, president, KAUST.

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