Aramco Partners with Pasqal to Install the First Quantum Computer in Saudi Arabia

Aramco has partnered with Pasqal to install the first quantum computer in Saudi Arabia.

Takeaway Points

  • Aramco Partners with Pasqal to Install the First Quantum Computer in Saudi Arabia
  • The partnership will allow Pasqal to install, maintain, and operate a 200-qubit quantum computer in the second half of 2025.

Who did Aramco partner with?

Aramco, the global integrated energy and chemicals company, said on Sunday that it has partnered with Pasqal, a leading quantum computing company, to install the first quantum computer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The partnership will allow Pasqal to install, maintain, and operate a 200-qubit quantum computer in the second half of 2025.

Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, Aramco EVP of Technology & Innovation, said they are happy to partner with Pasqal to install quantum computers in the country. 

“Aramco is delighted to partner with Pasqal to bring cutting-edge, high-performance quantum computing capabilities to the Kingdom. In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, we believe it is crucial to seize opportunities presented by new, impactful technologies and we aim to pioneer the use of quantum computing in the energy sector. Our agreement with Pasqal allows us to harness the expertise of a leading player in this field, as we continue to build state-of-the-art solutions into our business. It is also further evidence of our contribution to the growth of the digital economy in Saudi Arabia,” Ahmed said.

Georges-Olivier Reymond, Pasqal CEO and co-founder, said in a comment that through the partnership they will be at the forefront of increasing the adoption of quantum computing in Saudi Arabia.

“The era of quantum computing is here. No longer confined to theory, it’s transitioning to real-world applications, empowering organisations to solve previously intractable problems at scale. Since launching Pasqal in 2019, we have directed our efforts towards concrete quantum computing algorithms immediately applicable to customer use cases. Through this agreement, we’ll be at the forefront of accelerating commercial adoption of this transformative technology in Saudi Arabia.  This isn’t just any quantum computer; it will be the most powerful tool deployed for industrial usages, unlocking a new era of innovation for businesses and society,” said Georges.

The Partnership

The two companies intend to leverage the quantum computer to identify new use cases and have an ambitious vision to establish a powerhouse for quantum research within Saudi Arabia, according to the report.

Aramco said that the partnership increases Pasqal’s activity in Saudi Arabia since it established an office in the Kingdom in 2023, and follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the companies in 2022 to collaborate on quantum computing capabilities and applications in the energy sector. 

About Aramco

Aramco is a global integrated energy and chemicals company, driven by the core belief that energy is opportunity. From producing approximately one in every eight barrels of the world’s oil supply to developing new energy technologies, our global team is dedicated to creating impact in all that we do. they focus on making their resources more dependable, more sustainable and more useful. This helps promote stability and long-term growth around the world.

About Pasqal

Pasqal is a leading quantum computing company that builds quantum processors from ordered neutral atoms in 2D and 3D arrays to bring a practical quantum advantage to its customers and address real-world problems. Pasqal was founded in 2019, out of the Institut d’Optique, by Georges-Olivier Reymond, Christophe Jurczak, Professor Dr. Alain Aspect – Nobel Prize Laureate Physics, 2022, Dr. Antoine Browaeys, and Dr. Thierry Lahaye. Pasqal has secured more than €140 million in financing to date.