Petronas Digital, the digital subsidiary of the Malaysian energy conglomerate PETRONAS, has joined forces with tech giant Microsoft and Cegal. The collaboration's primary objective is to develop the Microsoft Azure High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) infrastructure platform. This platform is designed to enhance the operational efficiency of PETRONAS Upstream. It will focus on advanced AI, machine learning, energy transition, and decarbonization applications.
The Azure HPC platform is not exclusive to PETRONAS. It is anticipated that other Malaysian energy companies, including production agreement contractors, will leverage this platform to achieve their business goals.
Aadrin Azly, Petronas Vice President of Group Technology and Commercialization, commented on the collaboration, stating, “This collaboration has the potential to unlock new possibilities and drive innovation in the upstream value chain.” He emphasized the combined expertise of Petronas , Azure's HPC, AI Infrastructure solution, and Cegal's proficiency. Aadrin added, “HPC and AI capabilities can further optimise the delivery of our energy offerings and innovate operations within the wider energy industry.”
K Raman, Microsoft Malaysia's Managing Director, expressed Microsoft's commitment to Petronas , highlighting their shared vision for technological advancements that promise growth and efficiency in the energy sector.
Cegal's Chief Executive Officer, Dagfinn Ringås, shared his perspective, noting the significance of moving HPC workloads to the cloud with Cegal's managed service. He described it as a “game-changer deal” in Asia and a testament to their ambition to lead in the global tech arena for the energy sector.
The new venture builds upon Petronas´ ongoing collaboration with Microsoft and Cegal. The existing partnership focuses on enhancing exploration activities through improved cloud agility, automation, and data lifecycle management.