On the 5th September 2019, the National Space Science Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tatweer Petroleum that outlines a framework for cooperation between the two entities in the remote sensing field.

The memo was concluded by NSSA Chief Executive Dr. Mohamed Al Aseeri and Tatweer Chief Executive Mr. James Kenneth Easlack, in the presence of officials from both sides.

Signing the memorandum will allow both parties the exchange of knowledge and expertise in relevant areas, build capacity, share resources and undertake joint initiatives and projects.

In this regard, Dr Al Aseeri highlighted that remote-sensing data are highly useful for the oil and gas industry. Remote sensing has proven to be an integral tool for downstream and upstream oil and gas operations through evaluation of infrastructure for well-site planning and for exploration.

Relevant to the subject, Dr Mohamed Al Othman, NSSA adviser to the Board of Directors commented “Remote Sensing applications usage can be seen while extracting mineral deposits with several remote sensing techniques. Each mineral composition has its own spectral reflectance. Using a combination of remote sensing techniques like multispectral or hyperspectral cameras and spaceborne spectrometers gives potential to map more minerals. There is some predictability with remote sensing applications for geology and minerals. After detecting one mineral, almost certainly other specific minerals accompany it.” Dr Al Othman further added “Another usage can be seen while assessing terrain stability using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and interferometry in the oil and gas sector. Industries like the oil and gas sector monitor terrain stability using these types of remote sensing applications for better safety standards. Over time, continual satellite data means higher safety and ensures pipeline productivity.”

Dr. Al Aseeri concluded “We are very keen to start initiatives and projects with Tatweer Petroleum, to help us achieve his Majesty’s vision and NSSA goal related to responding to national requirements through providing space information and earth observation data that serve the comprehensive development process and contribute to advancing space science and the sustainable development of the Kingdom.”

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