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Huawei launches centre for smarter energy solutions in Saudi

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Huawei, a leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has launched a new Joint Innovation Center (JIC) in Saudi Arabia together with Saudi Aramco and King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).

Located in Dhahran Techno Valley Innovation Center, the centre will be dedicated to the oil and gas industry, jointly working with the leading oil and gas company and the university, said a statement.

The centre is committed to enabling ICT technologies for the industry, leveraging on Huawei technologies and global partners’ expertise to meet customers’ specific requirements, it said.

Huawei is also working with leading partners such as Honeywell, Schlumberger, GE, Yokogawa, SAP, and other leaders to develop solutions with full co-operation.

The inauguration ceremony at centre was attended by senior executives from Saudi Aramco, KFUPM, and various partners companies, as well experts from other leading technical, engineering and energy service firms.

Yan Lida, president of Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group, said: “Middle East is a strategic region for Huawei’s global footprint. We have 15 years of local experience and have become the leading ICT infrastructure provider.

“By understanding the massive transformation happening amongst different industry customers, Huawei has launched Business Driven ICT Infrastructure (BDII) as a guiding principle of our Enterprise Business in order to address these challenges.”

“Business is the source of power to determine ICT needs and will ultimately drive ICT infrastructure changes. The key to BDII lies in “Ecosystem-based Innovation”, which is reflected in three ways: customers’ business innovations, partner’ industrial application innovations, and Huawei’s ICT infrastructure innovations. Huawei will focus on ICT infrastructure that includes cloud computing, pipe, and devices,” Lida added.

The JIC will focus on digital and intelligent oil fields, digital pipelines, intelligent refineries, high performance computing, big data, mobility, safety and security, cloud computing, and energy management. 

It will also play a key role in knowledge sharing of broad technical industry areas through structured training and knowledge transfer programmes that can effectively add value to Saudi Aramco, KFUPM, and other oil and gas companies, as well as partners.

Within Saudi Arabia, Huawei has supported similar knowledge-sharing initiatives such as its Annual Seeds for the Future education programme, which offers select students each year the opportunity to develop practical skills that will prepare them for a career in the ICT industry. – TradeArabia News Service

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