Malaysian state oil giant Petronas has paired up with two top universities in the UK in the push for lower-carbon and clean energy solutions.

The Kuala Lumpur-based company has established new technology and research centres at Imperial College London and Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

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Both of the centres were launched at a virtual ceremony late last week, with Petronas chief executive Tengku Muhammad Taufik joining a host of fellow Petronas executives and academic leaders from the two storied UK institutions for the launch.

The technology facility at Imperial is the Petronas Centre for Engineering of Multiphase Systems (Petcems), while the facility in Scotland is the Petronas Centre of Excellence in Subsurface Engineering & Energy Transition (Paceset) within the institute of GeoEnergy Engineering.

Petcems will focus on “developing solutions to resolve Petronas’ oil, gas and petrochemical pain points through computational modelling”, Petronas said, including sustainability elements in line with the company’s target of being a net zero carbon player by 2050.

Paceset will work on joint projects on carbon capture and storage, subsurface exploration and artificial intelligence-driven seismic studies, among other initiatives.

Tengku Muhammad Taufik said the partnership “underlines Petronas’ commitment towards pursuing technological advances to address energy transition responsibly”.

Samsudin Miskon, the company’s senior vice president of project delivery & technology, added: “The integration of Petronas in-house technologies throughout the energy value chain is vital towards meeting our business and sustainability goals.”