Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Chairman of Qatar Petroleum Board of Directors and Managing Director, the workshop is organised by Qatar Fuel Additives Company Limited (QAFAC) – the leading producer and exporter of Methanol and MTBE in Qatar.
An impressive line-up of speakers from across the globe are expected to lead the discussion by sharing information, knowledge, and expertise on methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) – the most widely used oxygenate as octane enhancer in gasoline.
The speakers at the workshop include Mr. Hamad Rashid Al-Mohannadi, Vice Chairman, Qatar Petroleum Board of Directors, Chairman, Qatar Fuel Additives Company Limited (QAFAC), and Chief Executive Officer, RasGas Company Limited; Mr. Nasser Jeham Al- Kuwari, General Manager, Qatar Fuel Additives Company Limited (QAFAC); Mr. Robert P. McBean, Executive Chairman, Wentworth Resources Ltd.; Mr. Clarence Woo, Executive Director, Asian Clean Fuels Association (ACFA); Dr. Graeme Wallace, Director General, The European Fuel Oxygenates Association (EFOA); and Mr. Alex Leong, Vice President; Business Development- Asia; Safety, Health & Environment- Asia, AECOM.
“Consistent with QAFAC’s unwavering commitment to safety and the environment, we have taken the lead in this region to promote an in-depth understanding and further raise awareness about MTBE,” says Mr Nasser Jeham Al-Kuwari. “As such, we are excited about the prospects of a highly informative and constructive workshop, as well as welcoming all its participants to this wonderful city of Doha.”
Among the benefits which participants are expected to acquire from the workshop include Increased industry and stakeholder’s knowledge and awareness on MTBE, enhanced relationships and networking amongst stakeholders dealing with MTBE in Qatar, the region and across the globe, and the formal establishment of a forum for discussing and sharing of knowledge and expertise on MTBE now and in the future.
Following the phase-out of lead as an octane enhancer in gasoline to reduce carbon monoxide and ozone levels caused by harmful tailpipe emissions from motor vehicles, most gasoline refiners globally have chosen to use MTBE over other oxygenates primarily for its blending characteristics and cost-efficiency.
Additionally, as the domestic and regional gasoline market continues to grow with the construction of a new gasoline refinery at Ras Laffan Industrial City, MTBE has an important role to play in the production of gasoline to the Euro 5 standards of clean fuel aimed at improving air quality.
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