The Royal Dutch/Shell Group will set up a $100-million training and research facility to focus on gas to liquid technologies in Doha, Qatar’s capital.

           

The Qatar Shell Research and Training Centre will open at Qatar’s Science and Technology Park (STP) in early 2006, the company said.

Abdullah Al Qubaisi, member of the Qatar Foundation’s board of directors, and Linda Cook, Executive Director of Shell’s Gas and Power, signed the agreement.


Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Qatar’s second Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Industry


“The signing of this agreement and the announcement of Shell’s programme mark two significant milestones in the development of Qatar Foundation’s Science & Technology Park,” said Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. “I am pleased with Shell’s strong commitment to the development and transfer of technology in Qatar and am confident that our partnership with Shell will contribute to the development of significant new technologies in the energy field at the Science &Technology Park, which will help Qatar to become a knowledge leader in the oil and gas industry.”


Jeroen van der Veer, Shell’s CEO, said: “Shell is committed to the development of the Science & Technology Park and we expect this facility to become one of our company’s centres of excellence in the world. I would like to express our gratitude to Her Highness and His Highness the Emir for providing Shell with the opportunity to contribute to this world-class project, and I look forward to continue to build our relationship for the benefit of both the State of Qatar and Shell.”


Qatar Foundation’s Science & Technology Park will be located within Education City and construction of the facilities commenced in December 2004. Qatar Foundation expects the Science & Technology Park to be opened in early 2006.


The Science & Technology Park will provide Shell (and other tenants) with a high quality environment for applied research. This strongly supports the establishment of Shell’s extensive technology programme announced today.  These facilities consist of office and laboratory space, technology-related services, and support programmes for commercialising technology.  Tenants of the Science & Technology Park will also enjoy the benefits of one of Qatar’s first free-trade zones and close links with world class academic resources located at Education City.


The centre will be part of Shell’s global research and technology organisation and will commence operation in early 2006. The activities of the Centre will initially focus on upstream and gas-to-liquids (GTL) technologies, technical services and a related training centre.


Shell’s upstream technology programme will build on the company’s global knowledge and expertise in developing and producing oil and gas world-wide. The activities will concentrate on developing and utilising technology for sophisticated modelling of subsurface reservoirs to enhance the utilisation of oil and natural gas resources. In addition Shell will work on developing and implementing new technologies to enhance production from oil and gas fields.


As a leader in Gas to Liquids (GTL) technology, Shell will bring a cutting-edge GTL R&D programme to Qatar. This part of the programme will be based on Shell’s extensive experience and know-how in the GTL field and will focus on catalyst testing, product development, and GTL by-product research, including sulphur management.