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Khalifa University and ADNOC Sign R&D Framework Agreement to Undertake Research and Development Program

December 9, 2021

Agreement Paves Way for Advancing Innovation in the Abu Dhabi Oil and Gas Sector  


Khalifa University of Science and Technology and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) announced they have signed a research and development framework agreement for undertaking a joint research and development program that will advance innovation in the oil and gas sector in the areas of strategic importance to ADNOC. 


The agreement was signed by Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University, and Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, Executive Director, People, Technology & Corporate Support Directorate, ADNOC, on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2021 that was held from 15-18 November at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC). 


According to the agreement, a research and development board will be established with particular focus on upstream, downstream and digital solutions for the oil and gas industry and will have members from both partners. Khalifa University’s members are Dr. Steve Griffiths, Senior Vice-President, Research and Development; Dr. Saeed Alhassan, Senior Director, Petroleum Institute; and Dr. Ernesto Damiani, Senior Director, Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute. 


Khalifa University’s Petroleum Institute is home to the Center of Catalysis and Separation (CeCaS) and the Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and H2 (RICH Center). The two research centers, along with other research undertaken at the Petroleum Institute and elsewhere at Khalifa University, contribute to technology innovations in areas such as hydrogen, carbon capture, catalysis and enhanced oil recovery. Khalifa University’s Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute provides a broad spectrum of intelligent systems capabilities that can be tailored to the needs of the oil and gas sector.


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
9 December 2021