Saudi Aramco, Mazda and AIST to develop low-emission engines
Oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco has partnered with Japanese carmaker Mazda Motor Corporation and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) for the development of more efficient, lower-carbon engines.
Saudi Aramco will utilise Gasoline Compression Ignition (GCI) technology to provide low-carbon fuel, while Mazda will develop a prototype of an efficient engine, with the research and development to take place at AIST in Tokyo. The research programme is set to be completed in 2020.
In a press release, Mazda explained that the research will largely focus on developing a ‘low-carbon fuel’ as well as looking at the internal combustion engines that use the fuel. The companies feel this is important because in 2035, despite global efforts to move toward electric cars and the like, 85% of vehicles around the world will still be using combustion engines.
Ahmad O. Al-Khowaiter, Chief Technology Officer at Saudi Aramco, stated: “This cooperative research with Mazda and AIST underscores our shared commitment to delivering advanced technology solutions that make a significant impact on real-world issues, notably a sustainable, affordable mobility future.”
Saudi Aramco has emphasised its support of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 which will diversify the country’s economy in order to reduce reliance on oil.
The company has taken several steps toward a more sustainable future, including agreeing to plant 1mn trees in Saudi Arabia. In May this year, the largest oil and gas company in the world announced that it would plant 26 varieties of trees and seedlings with low water consumption, to preserve natural resources in Saudi Arabia.
For Mazda’s part, this project is in line with its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 initiative which aims to “use driving pleasure, the fundamental appeal of the automobile, to help solve issues facing people, the earth and society”.
Global Offshore rebrands Enelift and invests in global hubs
Global Offshore has rebranded Enelift and will invest "a seven-figure sum" in establishing new support hubs in Houston, Dubai, Singapore, Perth and the Caspian during the next six months.
The investment will cover oil, gas and renewables, mainly concentrating on manufacturing capability with associated R&D, as well as in stock held in the hubs.
The company’s flagship Hinge Lok technology provides aluminium, non-welded light weight transportation cradle for casing and tubing. Enelift now plans to enhance its offering by augmenting its existing solutions with robotics and remote operational and training technology, which will reduce manpower for handling offshore equipment that is transported and stored using the Hinge Lok system.
Enelift is partnering with "a Japanese robotics company" and the technology will be trialed with "a Norwegian operator on a Norwegian drilling rig", according to a statement.
Operating from its bases in Aberdeen, UK and Esbjerg, Enelift was founded by 35-year industry veteran and Managing Director Paul Brebner 10 years ago to offer the offshore energy industries safe, reliable and efficient storage and transportation of equipment.
The expansion plans are bolstered by the appointment of Jim Clark of the Craigendarroch Group to Chairman, and Adam Maitland to Non-Executive Director. Maitland is the Managing Director of Hutcheon Mearns IF, and brings his wealth of expertise in the field of corporate finance.
Brebner said Enelift may be a new name in the market, but the experience it brings is "industry renowned".
"Our solutions are underpinned by safety that enables inefficiencies and their associated costs to be eradicated – meaning operational personnel can focus doing what they do best, safely. We remain committed to providing the safest storage and transportation solutions for equipment in the sector as we grow our global operations," he said.
Clark said the market is changing and its solutions fully support customers’ economic and safety aspirations.
"We are very well placed to take full advantage of increasing opportunities in the Middle East, Africa, Far East and Americas. Safety is our absolute commitment to our customers and our support hubs will facilitate this. Aligning our identity to our entire offering ensures that we will drive our expansion through new products and global support sites across the rest of this year."