Schlumberger joins Adnoc and G42 joint venture to develop AI for oil market

The companies will work to identify pilot projects that have the potential to be commercialised

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 10, 2016:    Students from ADNOC schools male campus tour the core cleaning lab at the Schlumberger operational base in the ICAD II area of Musaffah in Abu Dhabi on October 10, 2016. The tour is part of a program hosted by Young ADIPEC, a program to introduce students to careers in oil and gas sector. Christopher Pike / The National

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Schlumberger is joining artificial intelligence firm Group 42 and AIQ to develop and sell AI products for the global exploration and production market.

AIQ is a joint venture between G42 and Adnoc to develop and commercialise AI products and applications for the oil and gas industry.

As part of the partnership, AIQ’s data scientists and software developers will work on building and deploying AI solutions using Schlumberger’s open software platforms. The deployment will be hosted on G42’s cloud infrastructure.

Data gathering, modelling tools and predictive maintenance using machine learning technology allow energy companies to avoid service disruptions and respond swiftly to market dynamics – which have been critical in 2020.

The energy industry is facing its biggest shock in 70 years from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the International Energy Agency, which forecast that global energy demand will fall by 6 per cent this year. This is about seven times the rate of decline after the 2008 global financial crisis.

Schlumberger, the world's biggest oilfield services company by revenue, G42 and AIQ plan to share proprietary research technology and work to identify pilot projects that have the potential to be commercialised.

"These advanced AI solutions will play an important role in helping to further accelerate digital transformation within the global energy industry,” said Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, chairman of AIQ.

AIQ, which is 60 per cent owned by Adnoc and 40 per cent by G42, combines AI modelling, supercomputing and a team of data scientists and software engineers from G42 with Adnoc's oil and gas industry expertise and a vast amount of data.

G42 owns and operates Artemis, the world’s 26th-most powerful supercomputer.