Over 45 engineers and scientists from various sectors related to the oil & gas industry discussed collaborative research opportunities during the Petroleum Environmental Research Forum (PERF) biannual meeting held on April 14th & 15th at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP). Hosted jointly by ConocoPhillips, Qatar Petroleum, & Total, the participants learned about the ongoing research efforts being conducted at research centers of the energy companies operating at QSTP.
Dr Samer Adham, manager, Global Water Solutions of ConocoPhillips welcomed the international and local guests and provided an outline of the technical agenda and anticipated outcome. Dr Veronica Blackwell, chair of the PERF board of directors, provided highlights of PERF’s mission, ongoing projects and activities. All the energy research centers operating at QSTP (ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Maersk, Shell, and Total) presented highlights of their environmentally related research programs. In addition, a tour of four of these research centers was conducted for further demonstration of their ongoing activities and capabilities.
Qatar Petroleum (QP) hosted a luncheon to welcome the PERF meeting participants at their QSTP research center. In the keynote luncheon presentation, Dr. Ali Al-Mulla, HSE manager of QP presented the results of a collaborative research effort with TOTAL on modelling the effect of various factors contributing to surface level ozone concentrations. Dr. Nassar Al-Mohannadi, Manager of QP Research Center at QSTP summarized the various activities and research programs planned and/or are being implemented by QP.
The second day focused on research activities being done at the Gas Processing Center of Qatar University and the Qatar Energy & Environment Research Institute (QEERI) of Qatar Foundation. A brainstorming session with all participants was conducted to identify new environmental research opportunities for upstream and downstream operations. During that session, various ideas of collaborative research projects were proposed, some of which were selected for further development by PERF member companies.
All technical presentations for the PERF meeting were hosted at the auditorium of Total’s Research Center – Qatar (TRCQ). Dr Philippe Julien, Manager of TRCQ provided the safety directions of the facility and also presented highlights of the research projects conducted at TRCQ. Dr Adham of ConocoPhillips stated at the end of the meeting, “It is a pleasure to welcome the global experts for the PERF meeting to share knowledge and identify projects for potential collaborations. It is by itself a remarkable example of collaboration to see three of QSTP research centers jointly hosting this international event.”
PERF is a research and development joint venture formed to provide a stimulus and forum for the collection, exchange, and analysis of research information related to environmental issues and technologies. In addition, PERF also provides a mechanism to establish joint research projects. PERF’s member corporations recognize the importance of a clean, healthy environment and are committed to support cooperative research and development.
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