Powering innovation

We originate impactful, innovative solutions to make our resources more dependable, sustainable, and valuable — for the benefit of our business, Saudi Arabia, and energy consumers around the world.

Personnel at our Houston R&D Center investigate new sealants that can repair broken oil well cement downhole and bring production back from damaged wells.

Technology and innovation are key drivers of our strategy to maximize the inherent value of the resource base, enable a more diversified and globally competitive domestic market for our products, and create a Saudi workforce with a world-class knowledge base. We realize these goals by developing and commercializing new technologies, evolving strategic alliances with industry partners, forging relationships with world leading research and academic institutions, and pursuing strategic acquisitions and investments to generate additional value.

Our research and development (R&D) efforts focus on the upstream, downstream, and sustainability domains — specifically on high-impact technologies that have the potential to create significant competitive advantage for our operations and help grow new businesses.

In 2016, we progressed initiatives across the hydrocarbon value chain, from underwater robotic seismic acquisition and faster reservoir modeling to improved refinery yields and new fuel formulations.

The Houston facility is part of our Global Research Network, which is dedicated to achieving breakthrough innovations to meet energy challenges.

We collaborate with local and global centers of technical excellence to complement and enhance our own in-house research capabilities. Within the Kingdom, we have joined efforts with research universities to advance our work on new technologies for upstream and downstream disciplines, and we nurture alliances between academia and industry by engaging with leading energy service companies in research and innovation parks.

Internationally, we have productive research and education associations with world-renowned technical universities. We also invest globally in startup and high-growth companies developing technologies aligned with our vision.

Strategically located in technology hubs in key energy markets, our global research network attracts leading researchers interested in doing the best work of their careers. The network provides an environment for innovation to flourish and underscores our drive to achieve global leadership in energy-related technologies.

Investments in building our research capacity are designed to achieve a lasting competitive advantage and make us more adaptable and resilient as a company. Our dedication to pursue breakthrough technologies and generate innovative ideas is a cornerstone of our commitment to help build a secure energy future here in the Kingdom, and for people around the world.

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