OKLAHOMA CITY – GE has opened its oil and gas technology center in Oklahoma City.
The new center is expected to become a central hub for the company’s scientists and engineers to collaborate with the oil and gas industry on digital and hardware solutions and advancements.
The center is five stories, with 125,000 sq ft (11,613 sq m) of lab and office space that includes: 400-ft (122-m) and 60-ft (18-m) deep test wells; two 30-ton overhead cranes; and a floor dedicated to customer collaboration with embassy offices. The center can accommodate 230 people.
The company says the research focus at the center will span across all areas of oil and gas from production solutions and well construction systems to oilfield facilities and systems and reservoir performance.
Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO of GE Oil & Gas, said: “We believe a strong commitment to R&D will help our oil and gas customers find new efficiencies to work through tough market conditions and lead to transformational opportunities for the industry to thrive long term.
“The new technology center in Oklahoma City will accelerate innovation; it’s where we can bring the full power of digital solutions and technology from across GE’s industrial businesses to advance the oil and gas industry.”
At the center opening, GE unveiled a prototype drone, nicknamed “Raven,” engineered to detect emissions precisely and cost-effectively. Southwestern Energy Co. successfully piloted the technology to detect emissions from oilfield equipment at well sites in Arkansas in July.
The company’s new center has established several programs and partnerships with industry and academia, including Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma and has R&D agreements in place with many operators in North America.