Baker Hughes Incorporated opened its Artificial Lift Research and Technology Center on February 20 in Claremore Oklahoma - an 80,000+ square foot employee-designed center for research, engineering, design, and testing. The $60-million facility was built to satisfy growing research, development, and more extensive testing requirements for the artificial lift industry.
The new facility features comprehensive equipment needed for self-sustaining R&D product development and operations. It will bring together the industry's leading technologists, engineers, and scientists who design, manufacture, and test all major artificial lift system components that enable operators to get more value out of their wells.
"Baker Hughes has operated in Oklahoma since the earliest days of our industry. We've stayed here because of the rich and vibrant investment climate maintained by the state," said Martin Craighead, Baker Hughes Chairman and Cheief Executive Officer.
"Oklahoma has always been supportive of the critical oil and gas research, development, and manufacturing work that is requried for the industry. We look forward to a strong, ongoing partnership with Claremore and the state of Oklahoma," Craighead noted.
At the ribbon cutting ceremonies attended by about 300 dignitaries, guests, and employees - Stephen McKeever, Oklahoma Secretary of Science & Technology commented "the oil and gas industry has long looked to Oklahoma to support new technology development. We are proud to work with companies like Baker Hughes that recognize the rich innovation environment available to them in Oklahoma.
The ALRTC complements four existing Claremore facilities. Across Oklahoma, Baker Hughes has more than 15 facilities.
Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company's 59,000-plus employees work in more than 80 countries to help customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport, and process hydrocarbon resources.
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