As the Middle East places stronger emphasis on sustainability, energy giant Aramco has joined forces with industrial software leader AVEVA to establish an R&D-focused digital hub in Saudi Arabia.

The partners intend to work together to deploy digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and data management in the region to support the Kingdom’s energy transition strategy.

In addition to rolling out cutting-edge predictive analytics technology across Aramco’s operating facilities, the partnership aims to focus on blue hydrogen and decarbonisation facilities.

Recognising that digital technologies have the potential to accelerate the transformation of industry, Ahmad Al-Sa’adi, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Aramco, said that establishing partners with companies such as AVEVA is an essential element in its digital transformation strategy.

“The regional hub that would be established by AVEVA would contribute to Aramco’s ‘In Kingdom Total Value Add’ (IKTVA) programme goals and will facilitate Saudi Arabia’s path to realising the benefits of a digital economy,” he added.

The new hub will also allow customers to make use of AVEVA’s Digital Twin predictive analytics technology, which the company claim to optimise performance.

Expressing optimism about working with Aramco during its digital transformation journey, Peter Herweck, CEO, AVEVA, commented, “Through this partnership the vision of our companies is to play a fundamental role in industrial sector decarbonisation within Saudi Arabia and the delivery of its sustainable goals.”

It is also projected that up to 300 high skill jobs could be created in the region by 2030.