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Ours is a business built on innovation. For upstream, every percentage increase in recovery rates adds millions of barrels of recoverable oil to our reserves base. Every gain in operating efficiency expands our ability to provide more energy at lower cost. And more reserves and longer-lived production means more energy for opportunities, in Saudi Arabia and for our customers around the globe.

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Join us here and you’ll be joining some of the world’s most talented scientists and researchers, working with the latest technologies to produce industry-changing discoveries.

What we do

Our Upstream research is focused on reservoir engineering, computational modeling, production, drilling, geophysics and geology and is carried out by our Advanced Research Center, Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Center (EXPEC ARC). Here we’ve made significant breakthroughs in seismic measurement, simulation, and visualization, which all increase our ability to recover our precious hydrocarbon resources.

In our Downstream business, focusing on technology improves our production value chain from discovery and recovery to processing and delivery, while helping us ensure energy stability and enhance economic opportunity.

Our state-of-the-art R&D Center explores the techniques and technologies that can make these impacts. For Downstream, scientists focus on improved energy efficiency, cleaner fuels, and reduced carbon emissions. In particular, they’re looking at developing industrial processes and applications for better carbon utilization, including the development of low-cost technologies for CO2 capture from fixed and mobile sources, and the methods to convert CO2 into valuable chemical intermediates for commercial use.

To support all of our research in this field, we also have a range of partnerships and dedicated offices around the world that give us access to an entirely new spectrum of ideas and innovative thinking.

In 2014, we were granted 99 patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Global research network

Achieving global leadership in energy-related technologies and supporting the creation of a knowledge economy in the Kingdom

Boston Detroit Houston Delft Beijing Daejeon (KAIST) Thuwal (KAUST) Paris Aberdeen Dhahran (R&DC, EXPEC ARC)
  • In 2014, we were granted 99 patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Our R&D Centre developed a distinctive one-step process (SuperButol™) to convert a mixture of butenes into mixed butanols liquid.
  • In September 2014, we inaugurated our largest research centre outside Saudi Arabia in Houston, Texas, which focuses on upstream technologies for conventional and unconventional resources.
  • In 2014, the Advanced Materials team engaged 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.

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Creating and sustaining a culture of innovation

What do you get when you put an inventor, industrial design specialist, patent attorney, commercialization and licensing specialist, and entrepreneurial specialist together in one room for three days? The answer is the ultimate mentorship accelerator for taking great ideas to market.

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A step forward in fuel technology

Collaboration and technology go hand-in-hand and this was on full display when the Aramco Fuel Research Center (AFRC) in Paris unveiled the latest development in its energy efficient, Octane-on-Demand (OoD) engine technology. Since 2013 the project has been a collaboration with prestigious French energy research institute IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN), with the goal of improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

IFPEN, a leader in its field, which also receives Saudi Aramco sponsored students, brings with it a very strong background in engine fuel matching, and for its part, Saudi Aramco brings knowledge of fuel production and industrial networks.

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