• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Abdulaziz Almuhaidib

Saudi Ministry of Energy

General Manager, Innovation & Development

Abdulaziz Almuhaidib is General Manager of Innovation & Development at the Ministry of Energy in Saudi Arabia. Prior to that he was the Director of Aramco Research Center in Beijing with a portfolio spanning upstream and downstream research. Abdulaziz started his career with Saudi Aramco in 2004 where he completed several assignments in upstream research, operation, and field development. He held various leadership roles including the Champion of Geophysical Data Acquisition and Chief Technologist of the Geophysics Technology Division at Saudi Aramco Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC). Abdulaziz holds a B.Sc. from the University of Tulsa, M.Sc. from the University of Texas at Austin, and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), all in Geophysics. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles published in scientific journals and conference papers. Abdulaziz is an alumni of Saudi Aramco Young Leaders Advisory Board (YLAB), and former president of Dhahran Geoscience Society (DGS).


Sessions With Abdulaziz Almuhaidib

Monday, 6 March

  • 10:30am - 11:10am (CST) / 06/mar/2023 04:30 pm - 06/mar/2023 05:10 pm

    Transferring Technologies for Next-gen Geothermal

    While the current technology only taps a very limited amount of the total available potential, geothermal energy could play a crucial role in the energy transition as a source of clean firm power and a significant contributor to heat markets wherever it is available. Several innovative techniques including Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS), Advanced Geothermal Systems (AGS) and Superhot Rock (SHR) are currently being developed to unlock the potential of geothermal energy by artificially creating conditions that allow for the extraction of subsurface heat present at different depths everywhere in the world. Technology providers and startups—from a spectrum ranging from core geothermal technology to core oil and gas exploration and production—are developing solutions to overcome existing technical challenges. This session will focus on the current status of next-generation geothermal technology, its drivers and inhibitors and discuss what needs to be done to accelerate its deployment globally.