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NTC and Schlumberger Are Collaborating on AI Deployment

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Following the initiative for a ‘Digital Pakistan’ by the Government of Pakistan, the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) and oilfield services company Schlumberger announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the deployment of AI and digital solutions enabled by the DELFI cognitive E&P environment, hosted on the NTC’s data centers in Pakistan.

By working together, the two organizations will enable Pakistani energy companies to benefit from new digital and data-driven technologies that significantly increase operational efficiency and improve business performance.

Zaurayze Tarique, the Managing Director of Schlumberger Pakistan and Yemen stated, “Our strategic collaboration with NTC accelerates digital transformation for the Pakistani energy industry. By hosting the DELFI environment on NTC’s in-country cloud services Schlumberger provides customers with secure access to our leading AI and digital solutions on a rapidly expanding cloud service across Pakistan”.

“With advanced cloud technologies and almost limitless capacity, geoscientists, engineers, and data scientists can accelerate their workflows and insights to enhance critical business decisions,” Tarique added.

He said that the “Deployment of DELFI solutions will help the Pakistani energy sector elevate performance across the industry’s value chain,” and remarked that “in resource and knowledge-intensive industries, such as the oil and gas industry, companies can now deliver breakthrough performance thanks to the development and large-scale use of innovative digital technologies and new cloud-based business models”.

“By collaborating with Schlumberger, the NTC is extending its commitment to investing in the development of the industry by working with the largest industrial and technological leaders from international and Pakistani oil and gas markets,” commented Viqar Rashid Khan, the Managing Director of the NTC.

Schlumberger will work with the NTC on a programmatic roll-out of technologies to expand cloud-based solutions in Pakistan. This will include the adoption of the DrillPlan coherent well-construction planning solution which maximizes the results from drilling teams by automating repetitive tasks and the validation of workflows in a single, common system.

Energy companies will also gain access to the DELFI Petrotechnical Suite — Schlumberger’s collection of digital solutions for pyrotechnical workflows — and will enhance their capabilities with AI and high-performance computing power enabled by the cloud.

These new digital technologies are advantageous for the discovery and production of energy because they enable large complex models, computer simulations, and analyses to be run in a fraction of the time in comparison to traditional computing solutions.

The MOU also formalizes the commitment from both organizations to deploy the OSDU™ Data Platform — the industry standard for digital data for the energy industry — and lays the foundation for collaborative innovation for future energy workflows and solutions.

The NTC has its extensive and growing network of data centers across Pakistan, supported by proprietary technologies and services for storing, processing, and analyzing data with advanced digital capabilities including AI.

The NTC also complies with international and Pakistani standards for data protection and security.

The Federal Secretary IT Siddiqui said that “It is indeed a historic occasion for NTC to have achieved this milestone and I would like to congratulate NTC management and Schlumberger on the signing of this MOU”.