QSRTC Celebrates 10 Years of Research and Development
May 22, 2018
Qatar Shell centre collaborates with industry and universities to deliver impact
Doha, Qatar, May 22 2018 – Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) celebrated 10 years of collaboration on research and development with industry and academia, advancing research and development, and deploying innovative solutions in support of the nation’s key priorities.
QSRTC was inaugurated as an anchor tenant of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) in 2008 with a US$100 million funding commitment to shape the future of research and development in Qatar to focus on delivering sustainable impact in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Over the past decade, QSRTC and its collaborators have developed and implemented numerous products and processes that match the needs of Qatar, Qatar Shell and the natural environment. QSRTC’s activities are focused on three main areas: research and development, technical services, and outreach activities.
QSRTC will continue to invest in research in Qatar to maintain its leading position. QRSTC has developed a five-year strategy that is designed to pursue a research and development strategy focusing on supporting Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas to liquid plant, to lower its environmental footprint and contribute to Qatar’s Grand Challenges. These include projects on carbon dioxide utilization, corrosion management, waste and byproduct management, and water solutions. These efforts will not only optimize Pearl GTL, but will also support technology for use in future gas plants—all of which add value to Qatar.
“As the largest international investor in Qatar, it has been important from the beginning that we make a lasting contribution to the growth and sustainability of Qatar’s economy and society. That was true when we launched in 2008, and it is even more true now, as Qatar seeks increased self-sufficiency,” said Youssif Saleh, Vice President of QSRTC.
“For 10 years we have had the privilege of working with numerous collaborators in Qatar and abroad, and the outcomes have made measurable positive impacts not only on Qatar’s economy, but on its environment and people as well,” he added.
QSRTC’s partners include Qatari and international collaborators such as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar University, Texas A&M University in Qatar, Imperial College London, as well as numerous non-governmental institutions and companies. Through these efforts, as well as its current workforce made up of 35% Qatari nationals, QSRTC is supporting the human capital pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 as well.
QSRTC was the first entity in QSTP to file a patent, and has filed five patents and had over 100 journal publications to date.
“The last decade has been an exciting and fruitful time at QSRTC. We anticipate the future to bring even greater growth in the research, development and innovation ecosystem in Qatar, and we are excited to be part of it,” said Saleh.
About Qatar Shell
Shell is the largest international investor in Qatar, having invested USD 21 billion over the past decade. QatarEnergy and Shell have jointly delivered two of the largest energy projects in the world in Ras Laffan Industrial City. Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) is the world’s largest GTL plant and cements Qatar’s position as the GTL capital of the world. At an investment of up to USD19 billion it represents the largest single investment in the Shell Group’s global portfolio.
The Qatargas 4 Liquefied Natural Gas project (QE (70%) and Shell (30%) combines Shell’s global leadership in LNG with Qatar’s position as the world’s largest LNG supplier.
Shell has established a world-class research and development facility and a learning centre, the Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre, at the Qatar Science & Technology Park. Shell has a financial commitment to invest up to USD100 million on programmes in support of energy and the environment at the Centre over a 10-year period.
Qatar Shell contributes to the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030 not only through our economic investments, but also through our investments in national talent and capability development, both internally through the professional development of our Qatari employees, and externally through our extensive Corporate Social Responsibility programme, positively impacting Qatar, in partnership with Qatari institutions.
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