GE opens oil and gas R&D center in Oklahoma

Two test wells drilled deep underground and a well simulation towering five stories above, highlight the advanced research capabilities of GE’s Oil and Gas Technology Center.

GE have opened their oil and gas technology center in Oklahoma City, which is expected to become the central hub for the company’s scientists and engineers to collaborate with the oil and gas industry on digital and hardware solutions and advancements. The center consists of five stories and 125,000 sq ft of lab and office space, suitable for 230 employees.

The facility is designed to advance technology throughout the oil and natural gas industry, and is the company’s 10th worldwide research center, however, the first to specialize in one area.

GE’s CEO, Lorenzo Simonelli, says the research focus at the center will span across all areas of oil and gas such as; production solutions and well construction systems, oilfield facilities and systems, and reservoir performers. Simonelli believes a strong commitment to R&D will help the oil and gas customers find new efficiencies to work through tough market conditions and lead to transformational opportunities for the industry to thrive long term.

“This is a unique center from a global perspective and the plan is to be at the forefront and take the industry forward through applied technology,” Simonelli said. “Unconventional oil and gas drilling is taking place in other parts of the world. There is an opportunity to bring them in here to study and learn with others in the industry. This is going to provide the ability for commercialization of new technology and a new approach at a faster pace.”

The new technology center will accelerate innovation, the center will enable the full power of digital solutions and technology from across GE’s industrial businesses to advance the oil and gas industry.

While the oil and natural gas industry has used improved technology over the past decade to unlock vast amounts of oil and natural gas, the industry remains inefficient, said Mike Ming, general manager of the research facility. The new technology outcomes from this center will solve this issue by utilizing reserves in cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways and subsequently attracting companies from across the nation and around the world.

An innovative creation which has already been developed at the technology center is ‘Raven’ the prototype drone, engineered to detect emissions precisely and cost-effectively. ‘Raven’ has already been successfully piloted and was able to detect emissions from oilfield equipment at well sites in Arkansas. ‘Raven’ is one of many exciting developments to be produced from Oklahoma’s new research center.

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