ADNOC, IBM collaborate for blockchain platform

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The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced its successful collaboration with IBM, piloting a blockchain-based automated system to integrate oil and gas production across the full value chain. The system will provide a secure platform for the tracking, validating and execution of transactions at every stage, from production well to the end customer.

According to ADNOC, using blockchain technology will reduce the time it takes to execute transactions between ADNOC’s operating companies and significantly increase operational efficiencies across its full value chain. It will also improve the reliability of production data by enabling greater transparency in transactions.

The project was announced by Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi, ADNOC Digital Unit Manager, at the recent World Energy Capital Assembly, in London. At the event, ADNOC shared its ambitions and early successes in embedding Blockchain and other advanced technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, across its business to enhance operational efficiency, drive profitability and unlock new value from oil and gas resources to seize the opportunities created by Oil and Gas 4.0.

Al Mughairbi said: “We believe this could be the first application of Blockchain in oil and gas production accounting anywhere in the world. It demonstrates how ADNOC is leveraging innovative partnerships to unleash the power of technology and creative thinking to enhance efficiencies and deliver greater performance.

“Blockchain is a game-changer. It will substantially reduce our operating costs by eliminating time-consuming and labor-intensive processes, strengthen the marketing and trading of our products, and create long-term sustainable value that will ensure that ADNOC delivers on its 2030 smart growth strategy.”

Zahid Habib, IBM’s Chemicals and Petroleum Solutions VP, said: “With this pilot, ADNOC takes a massive leap forward in asset provenance and asset financials, which, in its simplest terms, enables the ability to track irrefutably, every molecule of oil, and its value, from well to customer. This unlocks the potential to digitally reinvent ADNOC’s hydrocarbon value chain, adds a unique dimension to their data visualization in their Panorama Digital Command Center, and accelerates ADNOC towards their 2030 Vision.”

As the Blockchain application is expanded, it will eventually be linked to customers and investors, providing seamless integration among stakeholders. This enhanced clarity and transparency will reduce inherent business risks and consequently enhance the attractiveness of ADNOC Group as an investment partner.

At ADIPEC 2018, ADNOC announced that it is focusing its efforts on tapping the energy resources needed to enable global economic growth in the 4th Industrial Age, an era in which digital innovation is delivering unprecedented levels of prosperity and driving demand for oil and gas products. ADNOC is gearing up to meet this demand and, through creative partnerships, seize the opportunities of Oil and Gas 4.0.

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