QSTP Renews Agreement With Qatar Shell
Jan 20, 2019
Qatar Science & Technology Park renewed its decade-long partnership of research and technological cooperation with Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre, to support Qatar on its journey towards becoming a sustainable, diversified economy.
Doha, Qatar: Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI), renewed its partnership with Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) at a signing ceremony today.
Under the agreement, the two parties have committed to renewing their decade-long partnership of research and technological cooperation, to support Qatar on its journey towards becoming a sustainable, diversified economy.
The ceremony, held at QSTP, was attended by distinguished guests and representatives from both entities, with Yosouf Abdulrahman Saleh, Executive Director, QSTP, and Hussain Al Hijji, Vice President, QSRTC, signing the partnership renewal agreement.
The continued partnership between QSTP and QSRTC signifies their joint resolve and commitment to the development and implementation of sustainable and innovative technologies that address Qatar’s energy needs, and carry the potential for global impact. Qatar Shell, in partnership with QSTP, launched QSRTC as an anchor tenant at QSTP in 2008 to execute the development of cutting-edge technologies.
Highlighting the importance of the renewal agreement, Mr. Saleh said: “I am extremely pleased to renew our partnership with Qatar Shell. In the decade of our partnership, QSRTC has successfully developed breakthrough technologies which are targeting the core energy and sustainability challenges faced not only by Qatar, but the region and the world.
“The partnership renewal is testament to our commitment to support new technology development programs and develop innovative new products, by forming strong and engaging partnerships with our tenants and regional research institutions. I would also like to commend the whole QSRTC team for their remarkable journey at QSTP, and reassure them that we will continue to support them as they join us, along with our other tenants, in helping to foster a thriving research, development, and innovation ecosystem in Qatar.”
Mr. Al Hijji said: “This continued partnership focuses on developing and deploying innovative technologies that aim to use Qatar’s resource-rich subsurface to its full potential.
“As part of this ambition, QSRTC is focusing on technologies that can help to reduce the footprint of Qatar Shell’s Pearl GTL asset – the world’s largest GTL plant – and creating future pathways to further monetize gas streams in Qatar. For this, QSRTC has an active program of collaborations with the academic community in Qatar and abroad, which connects local researchers to Shell’s R&D and leading institutions worldwide, and trains Qatari leaders in the energy sector.
“All this is leveraged by our presence in QSTP, which provides a world-class facility; proximity to assests, industrial knowledge, and academia; and the unique ability to execute pilot projects like our research on wetlands and water distillation.”
Dr. Richard O’Kennedy, Vice President, QF RDI, said: “Our partnership with Qatar Shell has developed implementable world-class technologies.
“Our support for Qatar Shell and QSRTC is aligned with nationwide efforts to promote sustainable and diversified development projects, as reflected by QSRTC’s exemplary work in efficient management of hydrocarbons and sustainable use of water – a key challenge for Qatar and the region. I am confident that the milestones we achieve together will have a remarkable impact on the lives of our current and future generations.”
Andrew Faulkner, Managing Director and Chairman, Qatar Shell, said: “Innovation and technology are vital to providing more and cleaner energy solutions in a world transitioning to a low carbon energy system. We consider R&D a fundamental part of Shell’s past and future success. Therefore we are delighted to continue our presence at QSTP.
“It has been important from the beginning that we make a lasting contribution to the growth and sustainability of Qatar’s economy and society. Our R&D activities, in close collaboration with a variety of Qatari parties and international universities, will have a positive impact on Qatar in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.”
Qatar Science & Technology Park
Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI), is a Free Zone, accelerator, and incubator for tech-product development in Qatar. The park fosters an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Qatar that works to accelerate commercialization of market-ready technologies to realize Qatar’s national diversification drive.
QSTP’s focus ranges across four overarching themes, comprising Energy, Environment, Health Sciences, and Information & Communication Technologies, in line with the Qatar National Research Strategy announced in 2012.
Located in Qatar Foundation's Education City, QSTP has access to the vital resources of a cluster of leading research universities. Members of QSTP’s Free Zone include SMEs, international corporations, and research institutions. They are collectively committed to investing in new technology development programs, creating intellectual property, enhancing technology management skills, and developing innovative new products.
QSTP supports QF RDI’s economic and human development objectives for Qatar, and is increasingly recognized as an international hub for applied research, innovation, incubation, and entrepreneurship.
For more information, please visit the QSTP website at www.qstp.org.qa
Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation (QF RDI)
The Qatar Foundation Research, Development, and Innovation (QF RDI) division’s role is to play an integral part in identifying and addressing challenges and opportunities across ICT, energy, environment, healthcare, and agribusiness, in alignment with Qatar’s national RDI strategy and priorities. QF RDI is at the forefront of Qatar’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerating economic development through supporting the commercialization of market-ready technologies and facilitating the creation of new high-tech products and services.
QF RDI is responsible for translating Qatar’s national RDI strategy into specific initiatives and actions for Qatar Foundation’s (QF) RDI entities. It also directs their efforts in relation to economic value creation, knowledge transfer, and the establishment of mutually-beneficial national and international RDI partnerships. To ensure these efforts deliver maximum impact, the QF Vice President for Research, Development, and Innovation plans, coordinates, and oversees all RDI-related activities across QF.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, science and research, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit www.qf.org.qa
Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) is the anchor tenant at Qatar Foundation’s Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) alongside other International Oil Companies (IOCs). Opened in 2008, it has developed and deployed innovative solutions in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 to foster a diverse, knowledge-based economy.
QSRTC represents Shell’s research and development (R&D) in Qatar, delivering projects related to Gas-to-X. Gas in GTX can be CO2 methane or ethane; X can be LNG, GTL, chemical or other products
Specialists at QSRTC work closely with experts from external industrial partners, universities and institutes. Including Qatari and international collaborators such as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar Foundation, Qatar University, Texas A&M University in Qatar, Imperial College London, as well as numerous non-governmental institutions and companies. These collaborations help ensure a healthy influx of new ideas and speed up the deployment of new technology in our operations.
Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre form part of an integrated network of Shell technology centres across the world.