Scientists to step on the gas in meeting

Web posted at: 1/5/2009 3:54:6

DOHA: The first annual Gas Processing Conference hosted by Qatar University’s Gas Processing Centre (GPC) will open at the Ritz-Carlton on January 11.

The two-day international symposium, held under the patronage of the Heir Apparent H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will start with an opening address by H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry. Addressing the media, Dr Hassan Alfadala, GPC Founder and Dr Hassan Al Derham, Vice President for Research Introduction, QU, said here yesterday that the symposium will attract international scholars and scientists in the industry to discuss the latest development in the processing industry. The event will offer a rare opportunity for the researchers, faculty and students to interact with international experts.

“With Qatar being one of the largest producers of Liquefied Natural Gas , we decided to have LNG as the main theme for the first symposium. The theme will keep on changing every year,” Dr Alfadala said.

The event will begin with two pre-symposium workshops on January 10. The main theme will be discussed on the first day of the event. The following day will witness the technical presentations, he said.

Dr Al Derham said the symposium would cover all the aspects related to the gas sector, including technology, economy and environmental issues. “Gas processing in Qatar…Current challenges and future opportunities”, “Qatar LNG Value Chain” and “Qatar LBG-a marketing success story”, “Natural Gas-a versatile resource with a bright future”, “Qatargas Experience in developing mega Trains” and “Gas and LNG Technology innovations — the need for people and partnerships” are some of the topics to be discussed on

the opening day. Dr Fadwa Eljack, Director, GPC said a total of 60 papers were submitted before the Symposium Technical Committee and 52 of them were accepted. The papers came from various parts of the world, including 14 from Qatar. Dr Eljack said the symposium proceedings has been compiled and published by world’s leading publisher ElSevier. The book is the first in a series called “Advances in Gas Processing”.

The symposium has instituted a very diverse award programme. Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatargas, RasGas and ExxonMobil are the symposium sponsors.

Omina Abdel Gawad, Symposium Manager also attended.



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