Claremore Daily Progress

February 21, 2014

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Baker Hughes opens new Artificial Lift Research and Technology Center


Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE —

Baker Hughes Incorporated has opened its Artificial Lift Research and Technology Center (ALRTC) — a world-class, employee-designed center for research, engineering, design, and testing of artificial lift technologies. 
The 60-million-dollar facility was built to satisfy growing research, development, and more extensive testing requirements for the artificial lift industry. 
“Baker Hughes has operated in Oklahoma since the earliest days of our industry. We’ve stayed here because of the rich and vibrant investment climate maintained by the state,” said Martin Craighead, Baker Hughes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Oklahoma has always been supportive of the critical oil and gas research, development, and manufacturing work that is required for the industry. We look forward to a strong, ongoing partnership with Claremore and the state of Oklahoma.” 
This facility complements the four existing facilities in Claremore. Across the state of Oklahoma, the company has more than 15 facilities, including Oklahoma City, Broken Arrow, Clinton, Sand Springs, and Yukon.   
“As its largest employer, Baker Hughes continues to enhance its presence in Claremore with this new facility investment,” said Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce, Larry Parman. “We are pleased that Baker Hughes continues to expand its business in Oklahoma.”  
The ALRTC features comprehensive equipment needed for self-sustaining, R&D product development and operations. 
The Center will bring together the industry’s leading technologists, engineers, and scientists who design, manufacture, and test all the major artificial lift system components that enable operators to get more value out of their wells. 
“The oil and gas industry has long looked to Oklahoma to support new technology development. We are proud to work with companies like Baker Hughes that recognize the rich innovation environment available to them in Oklahoma,” said Stephen McKeever, Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology.
Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company’s 59,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources. For more information on Baker Hughes, visit: www.bakerhughes.com.