Saudi Aramco, a global petroleum and natural gas company, has reportedly broken ground on a new upstream research and development (R&D) centre in Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia.
According to reports, the new centre ninth R&D facility outside the Kingdom and will focus on upstream technologies in simulation and modeling, advanced materials, data analytics and artificial intelligence.
The new facility aims to promote collaborative research activities primarily with MSU and other entities in Russia.
The groundbreaking at MSU Science Park follows the announcement of a MoU signed in August by the two partners. At the event, a research agreement between Saudi Aramco and MSU was sealed to enable collaborative research projects between the two entities.
“Saudi Aramco welcomes the collaboration with Lomonosov Moscow State University, an institution globally renowned for its centuries-old tradition of academic excellence, and its importance to the oil and gas industry. Strong partnerships between industry and academia are key to addressing society’s energy challenges, and Saudi Aramco’s global research center at MSU Science Park will help drive research and innovation to develop new technology solutions,” said Nasser.
A research agreement between Saudi Aramco and MSU was also signed to enable collaborative research projects between the two entities.
Nasser added, “Our ongoing strategic engagements and discussions with partners in Russia are taking our relationship to new heights. We advance our shared interests in stewarding our nations’ rich hydrocarbon resources, providing reliable energy sources to the world.”