Aramco and Cognite establish joint venture to accelerate industrial digitalization

Aramco and Cognite JV signing ceremony
  • New company will distribute advanced solutions across sectors
  • Joint venture to serve business customers in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region

Aramco and Cognite will establish a new company that will focus on digitalization in Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East and North Africa region. The JV will develop, distribute and deploy end-to-end digital and advanced solutions for customers across industries, including oil and gas, power and utilities, manufacturing and shipping.

The solutions will enable the digital transformation of companies through production and yield optimization, predictive maintenance, workforce digitalization, advanced safety measures and a reduced environmental footprint of industrial operations. The JV will leverage Cognite's flagship industrial data platform, Cognite Data Fusion, as its core technology and will harness state-of-the-art cloud capabilities for data hosting, analytics and artificial intelligence.

Aramco and Cognite expect the JV to be operational in 2021, following receipt of all required regulatory clearances.

“Aramco has pursued an ambitious Digital Transformation Program with the goal of transforming the Company into the world's leading digitalized energy corporation, maximizing value for shareholders and spearheading digital innovation in the energy sector globally. The JV with Cognite aims to create advanced end-to-end digital software solutions in Saudi Arabia, which will maximize local content, contribute to GDP growth, create new jobs, accelerate digital talent development and sustain Aramco’s resilience.”

Aramco Senior Vice-President of Technical Services, Ahmad Al Sa’adi, said:

“We are committed to making our strategic partnership with the world’s largest integrated oil and gas company a resounding success. We believe Aramco’s deep operational expertise, combined with Cognite’s track record of developing and deploying industrial software for digital frontrunners, will be a powerful catalyst for the commercial success of the joint venture and the advancement of digital transformation across heavy-asset industries.”

Øyvind Eriksen, President and CEO of Aker ASA and Chairman of Cognite’s Board of Directors said: