Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) have established a Faculty Internship Programme enabling faculty members from the university to work at Qatar Shell for a period of three months where they will receive hands-on industry experience related to their field of expertise.
The signing ceremony took place at Qatar University and was attended by Dr Mazen Hasna, vice president and chief academic officer at QU, and Youssif A Saleh, vice president of QSRTC.
Following a tight selection process, assistant professor Dr Ujjal Ghosh was selected as the faculty representative from QU. Dr Ghosh will evaluate various options to prevent dust and silt from entering the Pearl GTL Cooling Water system and find potential alternatives to the existing Cooling Water system chemical programme.
The purpose of the Pearl GTL Cooling Water system is to provide a reliable supply of chemically-dosed, correctly-mineralised and corrosion-inhibited water to users around the Pearl GTL at the correct temperature and to receive and cool the returned warm water.
The Faculty Internship Programme is the latest in a series of collaborations between QSRTC and academia to increase its knowledge-transfer to local universities. QSRTC’s goal is to broaden Qatar’s research capacity through curriculum lectures, departmental alumni gatherings and research and development projects to find innovative solutions for the management of water, brine and salt at Pearl GTL.
In 2015, Qatar University, Imperial College London and QSRTC signed a research and development agreement on corrosion prevention in wet sour gas pipelines. The work uses state-of-the-art analytical techniques and focuses on the mechanisms behind pitting corrosion and how best to prevent it.