The workshop, which is to be held 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, will bring together experts on methyl tertiary butyl ether or MTBE – the most widely used oxygenate 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); Chief Executive Officer, Ras Gas 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.
Among the objectives of the workshop which have been incorporated into the topics to be discussed are to increase awareness about MTBE’s relevance in today’s world, to learn how clean fuel and clean air can be achieved through MTBE; to share expertise, knowledge and experience on the responsible care for handling and using MTBE; and to learn, share and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by MTBE.
“QAFAC’s commitment to safety and the environment is paramount,” says Mr. Nasser Jeham Al-Kuwari General Manager, QAFAC.
“It is in line with our unwavering commitment that we strongly believe it is essential for this region that experts on MTBE from across the world gather together to share and exchange knowledge, experience and expertise about it.
“As a major producer of MTBE we feel that it is our social duty and responsibility to further raise awareness and in-depth understanding about it and further complement its positive contribution to contemporary society,” Mr. Al-Kuwari adds.
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, legislation and policy makers all over the world have mandated the use of oxygenates as an alternative. Today, most refiners 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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