Saudi Arabia launches artificial intelligence center for energy
Enhances the competitiveness of the sector and contributes to building national capacities and competencies
Sunday – 18 Jumada Al-Thani 1442 A.H – January 31, 2021 A.D.
The Artificial Intelligence Energy Center contributes to building national capacities and competencies (SPA)
Riyadh: «Middle East Online»
This came during a visit by the Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, to the headquarters of the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence (SADAA). The center aims to achieve the goals of the “Vision 2030” shared between the Ministry of Energy and “Sadaa”, as well as strengthening the Competitiveness of the energy sector, especially in the aspect of joint innovation in artificial intelligence associated with this sector.
It is expected that the center will contribute to building national capabilities and competencies related to artificial intelligence in the energy sector, which will enhance the achievement of the goals of the National Data and Artificial Intelligence Strategy (NISADI) to reach more than 15,000 specialists in the field by 2030, and advance cooperation with major national and global leading companies. In the fields of energy and artificial intelligence to localize technology and stimulate investment in artificial intelligence, as (NESDI) aims to reach 75 billion Saudi riyals of local and foreign investments in its fields by 2030.
The Artificial Intelligence Energy Center will be managed jointly by the Ministry of Energy and SADAA, with the participation of the main stakeholders in the national energy system.
In a related context, the Minister of Energy signed with the Chairman of the Authority, Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghamdi, a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening efforts aimed at raising the ranking of Saudi Arabia in the leading global indicators related to data and artificial intelligence, and to contribute to the development of national capabilities on data and artificial intelligence methodologies in the Kingdom.
The memorandum of understanding comes within the framework of supporting government integration between the Ministry of Energy and “SADAA” to achieve common goals related to supporting, developing, reviewing and implementing strategies in the fields of data and artificial intelligence in the energy and gas sectors.
In addition, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said that the launch of the center and the signing of the memorandum come at a time when “Vision 2030” has achieved great successes, under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and a follow-up from the Crown Prince, indicating that “this center comes as an extension of the trends The ministry, which relies on data, artificial intelligence, innovation and transformation, as basic pillars for the future of the energy sector, and maximizing the added value of it.
He added, “The energy system believes in the importance of integration and working as a joint government team with the various relevant agencies, taking into account the responsibility and nature of each party’s work,” stressing the importance of the relationship between the energy, data and artificial intelligence sectors in Saudi Arabia, where the energy sector accounts for about 40 percent of the output. The gross domestic product, with more than 270,000 people working in it, while the data in the sector represent a very great wealth, and it represents a golden opportunity to strengthen the Kingdom’s leadership in the application of artificial intelligence in the energy sector.
The Minister of Energy indicated that this cooperation will support the achievement of the goals of “Vision 2030”, and a number of other strategies, such as developing and diversifying the Saudi economy, and creating jobs in the sector. “We will work with (Sadaya) in an integrated manner to achieve the goals of the center.”
For his part, Dr. Al-Ghamdi stated that this cooperation reflects the two parties’ keenness to adopt the localization of advanced technologies in the field of data and artificial intelligence, which will be reflected in national sources of income, explaining that the two sides intend to support the existing efforts in relation to collecting and analyzing energy sector data, and aligning this with the office of management National data, as well as supporting the development of cloud computing solutions to serve this sector.
He praised the launch of the center, which will contribute to enhancing research and development efforts in the field of artificial intelligence, supporting innovation, and enabling entrepreneurship in this sector, as it works to achieve 4 strategic goals, which are: promoting national priorities in the field of energy, developing artificial intelligence to serve knowledge, and gathering expertise. In the energy sector, enhancing data focused on energy and creating artificial intelligence, in addition to developing and leading artificial intelligence in the system of strategic energy partnerships in the Kingdom.
He noted that by 2024, 70 percent of enterprises will use artificial intelligence-based infrastructure and smart services for the cloud to activate artificial intelligence, thus greatly reducing concerns about integration and expansion of enterprises, and more than 50 percent of enterprises use hosted artificial intelligence services. To enhance its portfolio of applications by 2023.
Artificial intelligence will contribute to enhancing the growth opportunity for the energy sector, by reducing time and effort, and reducing operational costs, which in turn will be reflected in the growth of energy sector imports and companies operating in it.