US energy secretary Rick Perry explores ADNOC tech

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HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed is shown ADNOC’s new AI platforms and command centre

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, has met with United States secretary of energy Rick Perry, who is leading the US delegation, participating in the US-UAE Strategic Energy Dialogue, taking place in Abu Dhabi.

During his visit, Secretary Rick Perry visited ADNOC’s Panorama Digital Command Centre that uses smart analytical models and cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence platforms to generate operational insights that enhance performance and create additional value.

And in the meeting, at ADNOC’s corporate headquarters, discussions focused on strengthening the UAE and ADNOC’s “long-standing and close” relationship with the United States in the energy sector.

Dr Al Jaber briefed Rick Perry on the latest developments in Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas industry, including ADNOC’s ongoing transformation and the new investment opportunities through the company’s expanded partnership model.

ADNOC has recently enhanced various aspects of its operations with slick technology deployments, in many cases through its subsidiaries.

He also updated secretary Perry on ADNOC’s plans to explore the potential of Abu Dhabi’s unconventional gas reservoirs and the ongoing minority public listing of its fuel services subsidiary, ADNOC Distribution.

Dr Al Jaber praised the energy partnership between the UAE and the United States. “We see multiple opportunities to further strengthen these ties as ADNOC adapts to new market dynamics and creates a progressive, energised and commercially focused business that will ensure we continue to thrive in the evolving energy landscape,” he said. “As we focus on maximising value from all our gas reservoirs, ADNOC is ready to partner with companies that bring technology, expertise and capital, and who share our vision of a future in which our industry continues to play a key role in delivering sustainable economic growth.”

“The strong bi-lateral relationship between the United States and the UAE has expanded rapidly over the last decade, not just in the energy sector but across the full economic spectrum,” secretary Perry said.

In 1939, US energy giant ExxonMobil, in the guise of Petroleum Development (Trucial Coast), was granted a 75-year onshore exploration, development and production concession that expired in 2014. In 2006, ExxonMobil renewed its partnership with ADNOC when it was awarded a 28 per cent participating interest in the Upper Zakum offshore concession, operated by ADNOC Offshore.

ADNOC also partners with Occidental Petroleum (OXY) which has a 40 per cent participating interest in the Al Hosn facility, operated by ADNOC Sour Gas. Located in the onshore Shah Field, Al Hosn is one of the world’s largest plants processing sour gas, producing one billion cubic feet per day of the gas. In 2016, plans were announced to increase Al Hosn’s processing capacity by 50 per cent.

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