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A specialist Siemens facility based in the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals at Dhahran is to provide collaborative research and development support for energy related topics.
The centre is also to provide the Saudi Arabian institution with knowledge sharing and training for local students and across the Kingdom, as Siemens makes good on its commitment to develop local talent and infrastructure in the region.
The facility will be established in the Dhahran Techno Valley, in Saudi’s eastern province, and will offer investment into certain projects related to research and development, including energy efficient concepts for oil and gas, fuel flexibility concepts for gaseous and liquid fuels, gas turbine technology, renewable energy, advanced water treatment and green technologies.
Wolfgang Dehen, CEO of the Energy Sector at Siemens, said: “The initiative with KFUPM is further step in building Siemens’ overall commitment in Saudi Arabia. We place great importance in growing the skills of its people, through training, support and vocational opportunities, and will strive to add extra value to the world-class programs already being implemented by the university. Siemens is a global technology leader with strong local roots in the region and has a high interest in identifying and utilising local talents for all fields of business and R&D we operate in.”
Research is to be conducted by Siemens in collaboration with customers such as SABIC and Saudi Aramco, as well as various educational research institutions including KFUPM and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
“This centre, which will be built on an approximate area of 7,623 square metres, speaks for the University's commitment to intensify its relationship with the industrial sector,” said Dr Khaled Al-Sultan, rector and CEO of KFUPM.
He added: “Siemens’ DTV initiative aims to provide a platform for the development of new technologies in the Kingdom through research in one city, Dhahran.”