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Shell Opens State-of-the-Art Research and Technology Centre at New Qatar Science and Technology Park

Doha, Qatar, 28 April 2008 – At a unique ceremony at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), Qatar’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Industry, His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah officially opened Shell’s state-of-the-art research and technology facility. Also witnessing this important milestone was Malcolm Brinded, Shell’s Executive Director for Exploration and Production. The Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) is part of Shell’s global research and technology organisation and has been operating out of a start-up location within Education City since 2005.

This new facility accommodates Shell’s team of 28 top engineers and scientists that are working on Gas to Liquids (GTL) and upstream technologies. Shell’s GTL R&D programme is based on the company’s extensive experience and know-how in this field, with current focus on catalyst testing, product development, and GTL by-product research, including water and sulphur management. Shell’s upstream technology programme builds on the company’s global knowledge and expertise in developing and producing oil and gas worldwide. The activities currently concentrate on developing and utilising technology for sophisticated modelling of carbonate reservoirs to enhance the utilisation of oil and natural gas resources. In addition Shell is working on developing and implementing new technologies to enhance production from oil and gas fields.

Activities in the QSRTC are complemented with technical services and a training centre to enable sharing of technology and best practices.

His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar commented, “I am very pleased to witness the opening of such an extraordinary centre dedicated to the development of technology and education. Through the progress and growth of this research and development facility, Shell continues to demonstrate its strong commitment to realisation of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, to make Qatar a global leader in innovative education and research. I am looking forward to continue building our technology partnership for the benefit of both the State of Qatar and Shell.”

Malcolm Brinded, Shell’s Executive Director for Exploration and Production added, “Today marks another important milestone in Shell’s mission to implement a world-class research and education centre in Qatar and contribute to the development of significant new technologies in the energy field. This impressive facility will surely enable our team to deliver results of the highest calibre as they continue to develop creative solutions and improvements to some of our industry’s key challenges. I would like to express our gratitude to His Highness the Emir and Her Highness for giving Shell the opportunity to contribute to this world-class endeavour. Our sincere appreciation also goes out to our partner Qatar Petroleum for their support on this exciting journey as well as to the entire Qatar Science and Technology Park team for their enormous cooperation over the past years.”