Petronas partners tech firms to boost Artificial Intelligence initiatives

Petronas partners tech firms to boost Artificial Intelligence initiatives
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Aims to develop technology best practices and frameworks.

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Malaysian oil and gas company, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), has partnered with different tech companies to boost data and artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives, in hopes of enhancing productivity.

Petronas recently signed a deal with the American software company Databricks to build Generative AI models specific to its needs.

Petronas will leverage the Databricks Lakehouse Platform to "democratise data, analytics and AI across the organisation".

Databricks will also help the petroleum giant monetise data assets and AI models by developing a large, open ecosystem of data consumers on a single platform.

Separately, the company is collaborating with AIQ, an Abu Dhabi-based technology firm to build AI solutions to drive sustainability across energy operations.

The two parties will work together to pilot and test AI solutions to discover viable applications and use cases that can create value across multiple business verticals in the energy sector on a global scale.

They will also develop AI and Advanced Analytics best practices and frameworks to ensure commercial and operational excellence throughout their joint projects.

Petronas Group's vice president for technology and commercialisation Aadrin Azly said the company is working to transform operations, enrich the skills of employees and boost organisational productivity and effectiveness with AI.

"It is aligned to what we want to achieve through our AI Centre of Excellence,” he added.

Besides working on AI solutions, the gas company said it will also design and roll-out capability development initiatives with AIQ to upskill its workforce.

Earlier this week, Petronas Digital Sdn Bhd, the digital arm of Petronas entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft and Cegal to accelerate digital innovation for the upstream value chain.

The collaboration will see the construction of Microsoft Azure High-Performance Computing (HPC), an AI Infrastructure platform to support and scale a wide array of applications to enhance operational efficiency.

"We aim to advance exploration activities with better cloud agility, automation, and data lifecycle management", Azly said.

The proposed construction of this Azure HPC platform will also support other partners in Malaysia’s energy sector, including production agreement contractors (PACs), to achieve their business objectives.

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