On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, the National Petroleum Services Company organized a Groundbreaking Ceremony for its Oilfield Research and Innovation Center (NORI) in Dhahran Techno Valley.
The Research & Development Center aims to create an open platform to host international innovators to develop oilfield research and innovative technologies in Saudi Arabia. The agreement to establish NORI was signed in September 2018 between NESR and Dhahran Techno Valley Company (“DTVC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of King Fahd University of Petroleum (“KFUPM”). NORI is aligned with Saudi Aramco’s IKTVA program and will enhance NESR’s local content while also adding significant value to Dhahran Techno Valley and the Saudi oil and gas industry.
Dr. Muhammad M. Al-Saggaf, President of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), stated, “Dhahran Techno Valley brings together a large number of national and international energy and technology companies in one place, and is poised to be a hub of innovations and startups that is world-scale. Techno Valley provides the necessary infrastructure, services, and the appropriate climate to incubate the development of new technologies as part of the implementation of the Saudi Vision 2030. The Saudi Vision 2030 emphasizes the importance of strengthening the technology sector in general, and energy technologies in particular, in order to support the knowledge-based economy, and maximize the creation of startups. The start of construction of NORI is a significant milestone in this regard and it is heartening to see a local company like NESR taking such giant strides in such a short period. I wish them all the best for the success of NORI.”
Dr. Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani, Saudi Aramco’s Senior Vice President for Upstream, commented, “We are very pleased to see the progress of NORI, which is the first large scale investment by a local company in Dhahran Techno Valley. NORI’s model, akin to the larger technological changes we are seeing globally, will create an open platform for innovative technology companies in the upstream space to come to the Kingdom and will be beneficial to the Saudi oil and gas industry. This is a first of a kind approach in the industry and I look forward to the completion of NORI and wish NESR the best for the future.”
Sherif Foda, NESR CEO and Chairman of the Board, commented, “We are very excited about the progress of NORI, which will allow NESR to develop fit-for-purpose techniques and technologies for Saudi Arabia and the whole region. We plan to bring our technical partners from North America and the rest of the world to NORI, which will allow them to customize and develop technologies in Saudi Arabia for the local industry. This will also be a great opportunity to provide employment opportunities for Saudi engineers and researchers and an important vehicle for partnership between Saudi Aramco and Saudi academic and industrial sectors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Al-Saggaf and Dr. Al-Qahtani and the management of Saudi Aramco, KFUPM and DTVC for their continued support.”
National Energy Services Reunited Corp. was founded in 2017. NESR is one of the largest national oilfield services providers in the MENA and Asia Pacific regions. With over 4,000 employees, representing more than 40 nationalities in over 15 countries, the Company helps its customers unlock the full potential of their reservoirs by providing Production Services such as Cementing, Coiled Tubing, Filtration, Completions, Stimulation, Pumping and Nitrogen Services. The Company also helps its customers to access their reservoirs in a smarter and faster manner by providing Drilling and Evaluation Services such as Drilling Downhole Tools, Directional Drilling, Fishing Tools, Testing Services, Wireline, Slickline, Fluids and Rig Services.