GTS - UTP Technology Collaboration Initiatives (11 Nov 2008) PDF Print E-mail


Group Technology Solutions (GTS) of Research & Technology Division in collaboration with Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) has officially launched the GTS-UTP Technology Collaboration initiative on 11 November 2008. The event was officiated by Y.Bhg. Datuk Dr. Zainal Abidin b Hj. Kasim, Rector of UTP at the university. It was attended by GTS Management, UTP Management, Technology Provider’s representatives from Emerson, Honeywell, Foxboro, Yokogawa, Endress+Hauser, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Fisher, Metso and Masoneilan.


The objectives of the collaboration are:

  • To capitalise on PETRONAS’ experience in Oil & Gas industry for the development of technology
  • To leverage on Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS experience in R&D & Technology Development
  • To pave the way for the Industries and University to work together for future practical technology development
  • To accelerate technology development as a catalyst for supporting PETRONAS Technology Agenda
  • To instill innovation traits within PETRONAS and UTP, as a step toward inculcating a sustainable innovation culture


In his opening speech, Y.Bhg. Datuk Dr. Zainal stressed that UTP shall strive to work together closely with the industries in support of their activities, particularly in research & technology development. On the similar tone, besides the establishment of relationship as research partners, the industries are invited to contribute in the industrial internship and the adjunct lecture programmes that would support the university to develop the expertise required by the industry. Moreover, the collaboration can also act as a stepping stone for UTP to meet the aspirations to achieve “Research” University Status by 2010.


Ir. VR Harindran, Custodian Engineer, Instrument & Control, GTS in his reciprocating address thanked UTP for the assistance given so far and took the opportunity to highlight other activities that are in the pipeline, as part of the GTS – UTP collaboration.


Notable achievements of this unique collaboration is the completion of the FOUNDATION Fieldbus Testing Facilities and Partial Stroke Testing Facilities recently, with close cooperation and support from the technology providers. Both initiatives are driven by GTS, supported by the SKG14 Improvement Working Group (IWG) and the Electrical & Electronics Department of UTP. Testing activities are currently in progress, with the ultimate deliverables being a comprehensive guideline on the implementation of the respective technologies in PETRONAS OPUs.



The guests were then taken on a tour to both facilities, with explanations and demonstrations given to the guest of honour and others by the SKG14 IWG team members, namely Khairul Anwar Idris and Syaimaa A Rahim for the FOUNDATION Fieldbus Testing Facility and Mohd Rashdan Mahmood for the Partial Stroke Testing Facility.


Overall, the event was a huge success, thanks to the assistance and contributions from all collaborators concerned. It is hoped that this will mark the start of an enhanced collaboration between GTS and UTP, focusing on specific technology development. To ensure the sustainability and enhancement of the collaboration, the current GTS-GR-UTP Alliance Steering Committee will be a platform to monitor the progress of the R&D from the Strategic Alliance (SA) partners and Technology Development driven by GTS.