Our research and development activities focus on applying our expertise and ingenuity to generate innovative ideas that will make our resources more accessible, useful, sustainable and competitive. Achieving breakthroughs that truly move our company and the energy industry forward requires access to the best ideas, people and partners from around the world.
Establishing and growing a global research and technology presence is an integral component of our drive to develop breakthrough solutions for the challenges faced by our industry. The network we have established reflects our belief that investments in technology development are critical for maintaining an affordable, accessible and sustainable energy supply to the world while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Our research network includes our in-Kingdom research center at KAUST, five international research centers (Beijing, Boston, Detroit, Houston, and Paris), and three technology offices (Aberdeen, Daejeon, and Delft), all of which are aligned with our R&D Center and EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) in Dhahran.
Our Technology Office in Aberdeen focuses on drilling and production technologies. The European arm of Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) is located within the office, whose mission is to source and develop relationships with strategically significant and innovative energy technology companies.
Our Beijing Research Center conducts research on chemical enhanced oil recovery and advanced seismic imaging technologies, including automated fault detection and improvements in data quality through super resolution. The results of our research are already producing cost savings and improvements in exploration and reservoir management.
The Center is also evaluating the expansion of research activities into the downstream sector in areas such as transportation efficiency, greenhouse gas management, advanced control and power systems, robotics, materials science, nanotechnology and advanced computing.
First Asia Pacific-based global research center
The center has already made significant achievements in its research into chemical enhanced oil recovery challenges as well as advanced seismic imaging.
Aramco Research Center-Boston supports both the upstream and downstream businesses in the areas of computational modeling, advanced materials, and nanotechnology. The center is located adjacent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Collaborative research projects with MIT faculty focus on modeling, visualization, simulation, and advanced materials. The Advanced Materials team engages with the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) to pursue research in membrane technology for gas separation and sweetening, materials for heavy hydrocarbon removal, and mesoporous zeolites for crude oil upgrading.
Additionally, our Power Systems organization is leveraging this relationship through sponsorship of a multi-year consortium project entitled “Utility of the Future,” which focuses on technical and economic assessment of distributed versus centralized power generation business models.
Daejeon, South Korea
Our CO2 Management Collaboration at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea, is dedicated to addressing issues related to carbon management. The collaboration follows an interdisciplinary approach to innovative and cost-effective CO2 capture, storage, and conversion from fixed and mobile sources.
Delft, The Netherlands
The Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is home to our technology office that focuses mainly on seismic processing and subsurface imaging to help us better understand the nature of our subsurface geology.
The R&D team at Aramco Research Center in Detroit focuses on competitive transportation solutions, improving the efficiency of current and future engines, reducing overall environmental impact, cost, and complexity of engine systems.
The Center can accommodate light-duty and heavy-duty fuels research programs and also offers full on-site integration and the demonstration of new vehicle technologies. Our Strategic Transportation Analysis Team, based in the Detroit Center, provides dynamic industry analysis relevant to our fuels research and development activities.
The 4,645 square meter Center is configured with four fuel and engine dynamometer research labs and features a vehicle lab equipped with an environmental chamber.
11 operational research centers and technology offices worldwide
A country’s ability to conduct research and development is a determining factor in its economic competitiveness and sustainability.
Aramco Research Center in Houston focuses on upstream technologies for conventional and unconventional resources to support discovery and recovery goals.
Specific areas of research include advanced seismic imaging, unconventional productivity enhancement, smart fluids to improve well productivity, nano-based polymers, surfactants, cement technologies related to drilling operations, quantitative geology, and advanced downhole sensors. It is the largest center outside Saudi Arabia.
Our Aramco Fuel Research Center in Paris is located at IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPen). IFP Energies nouvelles is a public-sector research, innovation and training center active in the fields of energy, transport and the environment. Thanks to this strategic placement, we can capitalize on IFPen’s facilities and links to various European automakers to accelerate the innovation cycle of different fuel technologies.
Areas of research are focused on the development and optimization of innovative fuel and engine systems.
Our research network in-Kingdom includes our R&D Center and EXPEC Advanced Research Center in Dhahran, and our research center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
Research areas at KAUST include catalyst development, materials science, nanotechnology, robotics, solar energy materials and fuel technology. The strong capabilities provided in downstream areas are complemented by our FUELCOM collaboration with the KAUST Clean Combustion Research Center.
In addition to our 23 full-time scientists and engineers currently conducting research at KAUST, we also sponsor employees pursuing advanced degrees at KAUST and hire graduates, creating a conduit of talent to drive innovation in our company and in our industry.
New facilities for Saudi Aramco researchers
A new Saudi Aramco R&D Center is under development on the KAUST campus. When fully operational, the 15,300 square meter center will host 139 full-time researchers and support staff exploring carbon management, computational modeling, oil and gas network integration, and environmental protection.