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 on Sunday.
Under the agreement, the two parties have committed to renew their decade-long partnership of research and technological co-operation 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 QSTP executive director Yosouf Abdulrahman Saleh and QSRTC vice president Hussain al-Hijji 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, 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 programmes 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.”
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.
He added: “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 monetise gas streams in Qatar. For this, QSRTC has an active programme 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 assets, industrial knowledge, and academia; and the unique ability to execute pilot projects like our research on wetlands and water distillation.”
QF RDI vice president Dr Richard O’Kennedy 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.”
Qatar Shell managing director and chairman Andrew Faulkner 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.”