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PETRONAS Partners With ANYbotics AG To Commercialise ANYmal X

2022 Media Release - 23 Mar

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 March 2022 – PETRONAS’ technology commercialisation arm, PETRONAS Technology Ventures Sdn Bhd (PTVSB) is partnering with Swiss autonomous robotics solutions specialist, ANYbotics AG to commercialise ANYmal X, an industrial inspection robot specifically designed and certified for safe usage in hazardous and potentially explosive environments. 

PETRONAS and ANYbotics AG signed a collaboration to commercialise the world’s first explosive-proof industrial inspection robot, ANYmal X. From left, Dr. Nasir Darman, Chief Technology Officer of PETRONAS; Bacho Pilong, Senior Vice President of Project Delivery & Technology, PETRONAS; Dr. Mahpuzah Abai, CEO of PTVSB; ANYbotics Chief Commercial Officer, Enzo Wälchli; ANYbotics CEO & Co-Founder, Dr. Péter Fankhauser, and Dr. Norhayati Hashim, Head of Gas Sustainability & Technology, PETRONAS.

PETRONAS has been spearheading the integration of the autonomous, legged Ex-certified (Explosive Certified) robot services with the needs of the oil and gas industry by co-developing ANYMal X with ANYbotics through joint research and development (R&D) efforts since 2019.  

A commercial agreement was signed yesterday on the sidelines of the Offshore Technology Conference Asia 2022 (OTC Asia 2022) between the two parties, respectively represented by PTVSB Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mahpuzah Abai and ANYbotics Chief Commercial Officer, Enzo Wälchli. PETRONAS Senior Vice President of Project Delivery & Technology, Bacho Pilong and ANYbotics CEO and Co-Founder, Dr. Péter Fankhauser were witnesses. The agreement marks PETRONAS’ commitment to scale ANYmal X deployment to PETRONAS’ facilities and promote the utilisation of ANYmal X across the industry up until 2025.

Deployable at both onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities, ANYmal X is designed and certified for safe usage in hazardous and potentially explosive environments.

Dr. Mahpuzah said, “Through this strategic partnership, PETRONAS intends to capitalise new opportunities to increase technology sales to both domestic and international markets, while at the same time drive innovation in R&D to go beyond conventional applications. We are confident that this collaboration will result in a more robust ecosystem for both parties.”

Dr. Fankhouser said, “ANYmal X is a world’s first, and remarkable engineering achievement. We are thrilled about the industry-wide impact to improve the safety and efficiency of operations for our partners in the energy industry.”

Anymal X is deployable at both onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities, or at petrochemical production and processing operations. Any equipment used in these areas must be guaranteed not to cause any explosion, even in the presence of high levels of combustible substances.