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Qatar Petroleum and Shell Inagurate the Launch of the First Learning Programme of the Project Management Centre of Excellence

His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar, Chairman & Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum ,and Mr. Wael Sawan, Shell’s Executive Vice President Qatar, inaugurated today the launch of the first learning programme of the Project Management Centre of Excellence ‘TAFAWOQ’ at Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre.
Tafawoq steering committee members

The inauguration was attended by TAFAWOQ’s Joint Steering Committee members: Saad Al-Muhannadi – QP’s Director Technical, Ahmad Al Mawlawi – QP’s Director of Administration, Ahmed Al Mulla – QP’s Manager Contracts and Procurement, Abdul Aziz Maarafiya – QP’s Manager Technical Directorate,Project Coordination, Rafi Baghdjian - Shell’s Vice President, Bader Al-Jaidah – TAFAWOQ’s Development Manager, and Herman Veenhuis – TAFAWOQ’s Operations Manager.  Also present there were TAFAWOQ’s Working Group Committee members and the 27 project professionals from Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas, and Shell attending the training programme.

The first training programme ‘Essentials of Project Management’ will provide the participants with a solid foundation of the principles, processes and practices of project management over the life cycle of a capital investment project to build their competencies in project management.  It uses a blended learning approach comprising of ten weeks of virtual learning supported by coaching sessions, classroom learning and on the job training, followed by an intense week of Face-to-Face training using discussions, case studies and role-play enhancing and embedding the virtual learning. 

The inauguration of TAFAWOQ’s first learning programme follows the signing of the Letter of Intent last November by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada and Peter Voser, CEO of Shell that established a unique partnership between Qatar Petroleum and Shell to launch a regionally recognised Project Management Centre of Excellence in Qatar.

TAFAWOQ aims to increase the competence level of the project delivery community in Qatar at all levels. Its programme will span across the project lifecycle and will target project engineers who are involved in project management, supply chain management and project delivery. The Centre will support these professionals to achieve a sustained and competitive performance as they deliver Qatar’s extraordinary capital investment programme.

His Excellency Minister Al-Sada said: “Launching TAFWOQ’s first learning programme  after only five months from signing the Letter of Intent is a key milestone that we should all be proud of. We are delighted to be working with Shell on this unique partnership that builds on Shell Project Academy and QP’s  efforts to continuously enhance competence development in project management and  is aligned with the objectives of  Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the wise direction  of His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.’

 ‘Given Qatar’s  plans to deliver world class projects of diversified nature, both industrial and infrastructural, over the coming decade, I would like to encourage the participants to take this opportunity to acquire the leadership and project management competencies to contribute to the sustainable growth of the country’ added Dr. Al Sada.

Wael Sawan said: “As long-standing strategic partners, QP and Shell have launched this world class sustainable Project Management Center of Excellence TAFAWOQ. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate this group of project professionals for being selected to participate in this specialized learning programme to further build their competencies in project management to deliver Qatar’s extraordinary capital investment programme.’

‘Shell’s project management expertise has been demonstrated by the successful construction and commissioning of Pearl GTL.  Through sharing relevant skills and experience, this learning partnership demonstrates Shell’s support of Qatar’s National Vision 2030, as articulated in its Human Development and Economic Development pillars’ added Wael.

"Hamad bin Khalifa University is in negotiation with QP and Shell to partner with them in TAFAWOQ," said H.E. Dr Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, President of Hamad bin Khalifa University and Vice President, Education, Qatar Foundation. "This will enhance the range of executive education opportunities available to our students, while TAFAWOQ will gain access to our rich learning, teaching and research resources.

Participation in TAFAWOQ reflects our commitment to ensuring that the Qatari economy benefits as directly as possible from the world-class academic environment we have created at HBKU. I congratulate QP and Shell on the launch of this important initiative."

Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Shell are in discussions with Hamad bin Khalifa University for collaboration on ways where university students can benefit from TAFAWOQ’s learning programmes in the future.

Qatar Petroleum and Shell have delivered Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) and Qatargas 4 in 2011, two of the world’s largest projects built in Ras Laffan Industrial City.