Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) celebrated ten 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, and to focus on delivering sustainable impact in support of 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’s five-year strategy is designed to pursue a research and development strategy focused 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 utilisation, corrosion management, waste and byproduct management, and water solutions. These efforts will not only optimise Pearl GTL, but will also support technology for use in future gas plants – all of which add value to Qatar.
QSRTC Vice President Youssif Saleh pointed out that as the largest international investor in Qatar, it’s important that they make a ‘lasting contribution to the growth and sustainability of Qatar’s economy and society’. He said that such was true when they launched in 2008, and is even more relevant now, as Qatar seeks increased self-sufficiency.
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.’
QSRTC 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 Qatar National Vision 2030.
QSRTC was the first entity in QSTP to file a patent, and has filed five patents and had over 100 journal publications to date.
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