Taking place in the middle days of June, The European Aritifical Life Forum (EuALF) in Aberdeen with Aramco as the platinum sponsor and leading presence, among a host of upstream specialists in attendance. The event, which occurs every two years, attracts major operators and service companies from around the world. This year's gathering was themed "maximising economic lift", a narrative that fits well with EXPEC ARC's program of developing new products through collaboration with innovative companies such as Zilift and BHGE.

With such companies, Aramco is leading the way on cable deployed Electric Submersible Pump (ESP) development - an item it showcased at this years event, alongside its work on Data Analytics as part of the Big Data Masterclass. In the masterclass, Aramco focused on sharing studies it has performed on 'principle component analysis as a vehicle to crunch large data sets faster'. Representing Aramco among the speaker panels was Christopher Wrighton, research consultant at the ATO, who also sat on this year's organising committee. 

"This  was an excellent opportunity for Aramco to support a well-respected and widely attended event, while at the same time let innovative companies in UK and Europe know Aramco has established an office in Aberdeen and is ready to do business," Wrighton said. "Aberdeen has long been known as centre of excellence for oil and gas and Aramco is very pleased to have a presence in the city.

EuALF is hosted by the Aberdeen arm of SPE International, the largest member organisation serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry. Formed in 1957, SPE Global's membership has now reached over 168,000 across 144 countries and includes more than 68,000 students.

The Aberdeen Section is one of the largest of the SPE Sections across the world and in 2016 won the President's Award for Excellence, for the 7th year in a row – the only section to do so ever. The section has over 3,000 members ranging from drilling and completions engineers to production and operations specialists, HSE practitioners, and other professionals.