Daily Archives: September 15, 2012

Revitalizing Memo of Understanding in Education Between Qatar and Djibouti

Doha, September 15 (QNA) – HE Minister of Education and Higher Education Saad Bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, signed here on Saturday with Djibouti ambassador to Qatar HE Mumin Hassan Barreh, each deputizing for his respective country,  the first executive programme aiming to revitalize the memo of understanding covering the education sector and which was signed  between the governments of Qatar and Djibouti.
The signing ceremony was held at the Supreme Education Council (SEC) building and in the presence of a number of educational officials.
The aforesaid programme aims at upgrading scopes of joint cooperation in the educational areas between the two countries. (QNA)

QP and Partners Launch Carbon Storage Research Laboratories in London

Doha, September 15 (QNA) – Shell, Qatar Petroleum, and Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) have opened the world’s largest suite of laboratories to research the storage of the greenhouse gas CO2 in carbonate rock formations.
The new laboratories form part of the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC ) at Imperial College London, and are part of a $70-million, 10-year research partnership between Shell, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Science and Technology Park and Imperial.
The laboratories represent a significant step forward in the development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a solution to climate change, by helping to build knowledge that can be used to unlock the vast CO2 storage potential of carbonate reservoirs. Researchers at the laboratory will also analyze how liquids and gases move through carbonate rock to optimize oil and gas production.
The research in the new laboratories will be the first in the world to utilize multi-scale X-Ray CT technology – more commonly used in hospitals to visualize internal structures of the body, – alongside other state-of-the-art measurement and modeling techniques, to understand the way CO2 interacts with, and flows in, carbonate rock formations.  With more than 50 researchers, including PhD students from Qatar, this new venture will create one of the largest university-based CCS research teams in the world.
Currently in its fourth year of activity, QCCSRC conducts research in a range of science and engineering disciplines relevant to CCS. This involves experimental, theoretical and modeling activities working in close harmony and includes an unrivalled combination of experimentally validated models for thermo-physical fluid properties, multi-scale porous media flow and reaction experiments linked with pore/core-scale modeling and field scale reservoir simulation.
The program will operate internationally in both Qatar and the UK over the coming years with the main site ultimately located in Qatar and hosted at QSTP, which will provide state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
Qatari Minister of Energy and Industry HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, who is also Chairman and Managing Director of QP, hailed the project as a great push forward for scientific research.
“This is a proud moment for Qatar. Championing this significant research is a translation of the vision of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani to promote scientific research through partnerships with leading players in academia and industry. The creation of the lab is the outcome of a journey that started in 2008 and it is timely to see it bearing fruits today when climate change is coming under greater scrutiny,” he said.
For his part, Chief Executive of Shell, Peter Voser, said, “This initiative builds on the already strong partnership between Shell, Qatar and Imperial.  Qatar Petroleum and Shell, together with world class experts like Imperial College and the Qatar Science and Technology Park, are working at the frontier of science and innovation for the energy sector.  The research carried out in this new laboratory will deliver real benefits for the oil and gas industry as well as making a valuable contribution to progressing CCS which will be needed to address climate change.”
Meanwhile Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, QP Oil and Gas Ventures Director and chairman of the steering committee for the project, said that the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC) demonstrates Qatar’s commitment as a “major resource holder to balancing energy production and the need to preserve the environment.”
“I’m glad to note that Qatari Ph.D. researchers are contributing significantly to this effort and that the majority of the research activities and equipment in this lab will later be transferred to Qatar and will be located in QP’s research center at the Qatar Foundation’s Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP),” Al-Kaabi said.
Geoffrey Maitland, QCCSRC Director from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial, on his  part,  said that the project’s partners now have the most advanced laboratories in the world for understanding carbonate rocks and the fluid flows within them, thanks to the “long-term collaboration between academia and industry.”  
“A deeper understanding will enable us to improve processes such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and enhanced oil recovery. These rock formations, which are located all around the world, including the Middle East, could provide us with a valuable repository for storing CO2, but more work needs to be done to understand how to lock away these greenhouse gas emissions effectively. We look forward to working even more closely with our partners from Qatar and Shell on research to make this CCS vision a practical reality,” said Maitland.
Executive Chairman of Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) Tidu Maini said that QSTP is excited to be able to provide a home in Qatar to the program that is “at the very forefront of scientific discovery in a field that provides one of the most viable means of reducing CO2 emissions and effectively responding to global climate change.”
“We are enormously proud that Qatar based research in this field will become a reality soon making Qatar a regional leader in new CCS and CO2/EOR technology,” Maini added.
Qatar Petroleum, a state-owned corporation established in 1974, is responsible for all phases of the oil and gas industry in Qatar. The principal activities of the firm, and its subsidiaries and joint ventures cover exploration, drilling and production operations, transport, storage, marketing and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas, gas-to-liquids, refined products, petrochemicals and fertilizers, and helicopter and financial services.
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with around 90,000 employees in more than 80 countries and territories. The company’s headquarters are in The Hague, the Netherlands, and the parent company of the Shell group is Royal Dutch Shell plc, which is incorporated in England and Wales. (END)

Prime Minister Congratulates Presidents of Nicaragua, El Salvador

Doha, September 15 (QNA) – HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the President of the Republic of Nicaragua on the occasion of his country’s National Day. 

Prime Minister Congratulates President of El Salvador 

HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the President of the Republic of El Salvador on the occasion of his country’s National Day.  (QNA)

HH the Deputy Emir Congratulates Presidents of Nicaragua, El Salvador

Doha, September 15 (QNA) – HH the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the President of the Republic of El Salvador on the occasion of his country’s National Day. 
HH the Deputy Emir Congratulates President of Nicaragua
HH the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the President of the Republic of Nicaragua on the occasion of his country’s National Day.  (QNA)

HH the Emir Congratulates Presidents of Nicaragua, El Salvador on National Day

Doha, September 15 (QNA) – HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the President of the Republic of Nicaragua on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

HH the Emir Congratulates President of El Salvador on National Day

HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the President of the Republic of El Salvador on the occasion of his country’s National Day.  (QNA)

Qatar to Participate in GCC Health Committee in Muscat Sunday

Doha, September 15 (QNA) -The State of Qatar will participate in meeting of the GCC health promotion committee due to kick off tomorrow, Sunday in Muscat, Oman, and runs for two days.
Director of Communication and Media Department at the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) Jassim Fakhrou, who is also a member of the aforesaid committee , said the participants will discuss a wide-range of topics related to health awareness and health promotion in the cooperation council for the Arab states of the gulf (GCC) member states and the rate of progress made so far in the field.
Fakhrou made clear that the participants would also review progress made so far for carrying out the GCC campaign on how to boost awareness of non-communicable diseases following up execution of such a campaign in the GCC members .
They will also discuss preparations for holding the 5th GCC conference to promote health and endorsing the unified or standardized GCC guide of the health promotion officials, Fakhrou said.
The Director  of Communication and Media Department further said that that he would report to the meeting on the GCC library of health awareness “specialist” and the progress made in this project, which came at the initiative of the State of Qatar and adopted by the 68th conference at its 35th session in Abu Dhabi earlier in February 2010.(QNA).

Carnegie Mellon Dean’s Lecture Series Lines up Top Speakers

Doha, September 15 (QNA) – Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar, has lined up prominent figures from Qatar’s government and business community to speak at this year’s Dean’s Lecture Series, the university said Saturday. With this second season of the Dean’s Lecture Series, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar Dean Ilker Baybars  brings a diverse group of corporate and industry leaders to speak with the university’s community and share insights into their organizational strategies.
The Minister of Education and Higher Education and Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council (SEC) HE Saad bin Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, and Director of the Office of Program Review and Audit at the SEC Scott Hill will lead a discussion on Qatar’s National Education Strategy on September 18.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker will speak about the national carrier’s strategy on October 2.
Al Baker’s lecture would be informative as the airline will begin to shift its hub to the multi-billion dollar New Doha International Airport at the end of this year.
 “The Dean’s Lecture Series is the principal forum for eminent industry practitioners and government officials to bring their knowledge and perspectives to Carnegie Mellon, and to broaden students  understanding of important issues,” Baybars said.
In addition to these distinguished speakers, Carnegie Mellon will soon be announcing its Dean’s Panel series, beginning with a discussion on the banking in industry in Qatar.
Carnegie Mellon will host a panel of finance executives from banks in Qatar to discuss the impact of the debt crisis in Europe on banks in the GCC.
 These talks not only bring high-level leaders in their respective fields to Qatar for the benefit of students and faculty, but for the enrichment of the broader community as well.
The Dean’s Lecture Series and the Dean’s Panel Series are open to the public, the university said. (QNA)

Mawashi Brings Turkish Sheep to the Qatari Market

Doha, September 15 (QNA) – Mawashi has announced the arrival of first shipment of Turkish sheep to the Qatari market, which includes sheep of the Syrian-originated Awassi species. The shipment, which arrived at Doha Port, was processed in accordance with a timetable that guarantees high-quality and fresh products, and will be available to Qatari consumers at the best price, a Mawashi statement said Saturday.
The statement added that imported Australian sheep comes by sea, and shipments from Turkey, Ethiopia and Armenia come via Doha Airport and air cargo, while shipments from Jordan and Saudi Arabia come by land.
The Turkish shipment comes as an extra addition that shows the company’s commitment to providing the local market with the best imported cattle from neighbouring Arab countries and global markets in order to meet the growing demand in both the retail and wholesale markets. 
The statement added that Mawashi is getting ready for the busy Eid Al-Adha period, stressing the important role and the added value secured by Mawashi fleet that delivers to the homes of citizens and residents.
Mawashi so far has imported cattle shipments from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Georgia, Ethiopia, Turkey, Armenia and Sudan, as well as cold meats from Kenya, India, Pakistan and Somalia. (QNA)