GPC successfully organized the 5th edition of its biennial Gas Processing Symposium (GPS2016) on 28th and 29th of November 2016. GPS2016 has served as a high-level platform where more than 300 attendees from government, industry, academic and business sectors converged to address the rising challenges in the gas production and processing industry.
Inaugural speech by H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, the Qatar Minister of Energy and Industry.
Organized every two years by the Gas Processing Center (GPC), the Gas Processing Symposium plays a key role in disseminating the achievements of scientists, engineers, researchers, and students and brainstorming new ideas to meet the challenges in the gas production and processing industry. GPS2016 was held under the patronage of Qatar Minister of Energy and Industry, His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada. The theme of this year’s symposium was Gas Processing: Challenges and Opportunities. The symposium was generously sponsored by ExxonMobil (Main Sponsor), Dolphin Energy (Silver Sponsor), Oryx GTL (Supportive Sponsor) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (Academic Publishing co-partner).
The GPS2016 was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada. During his inaugural speech of the opening ceremony, H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada said: “As we gather today to inaugurate the 5th International Gas Processing Symposium, we are proud of Qatar University’s achievements, among which the organization of this symposium that highlights the pivotal role of education in driving forward the country’s progress and growth. By hosting this event, which is in its 5th edition this year, Qatar University and the Gas Processing Center show the high level of achievements they have accomplished, which contributes to support Qatar’s development strategy.”
H.E. Al-Sada added: “The Gas Processing Center was established at QU in line with the university’s objectives to provide the country’s economy with national competencies who are able to assume the responsibility and to contribute to managing and maintaining the country’s resources. The Center is also committed to study and find scientific and applicable solutions to technical challenges that may face the processing of natural gas.”
The opening ceremony held at the QU Research Complex featured speeches from distinguished delegates and guests, Dr. Hassan Al Derham, President of Qatar University, Mr. Alistair Routledge president and general manager of ExxonMobil Qatar, Mr. Hassan Al-Emadi, General Manager of Dolphin Energy Limited Qatar, Dr. Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Marri, the Director of Gas Processing Center.
Commenting on the symposium, Dr. Hassan Al Derham, the president of QU remarked: “This biennial symposium provides a platform for industry leaders, engineers and academics to meet and discuss the contemporary trends and find efficient solutions to the main challenges in the gas industry, which is the key component of the national economy. The conference’s program features a wide range of keynote addresses, sessions and presentations that cover the visions on industry and research outcomes which are of the benefit of the participants. The Gas Processing Center at Qatar University provides innovative research and contributes to strengthening links between the university and the industrial companies.”
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Khalifa Al-Khalifa noted that this year’s theme serves to recognize Qatar’s positioning as one of the leading liquefied natural gas (LNG) and gas to liquids (GTL) exporters in the world, as well as the country’s leadership in committing to the sustainability and diversification of natural gas market. He said: “The symposium is one of CENG most significant events. It is an invaluable opportunity to bring together key academics and industry experts to address the various challenges related to accessing, utilizing and processing of natural gas. This will add considerable value to the college’s research efforts and will contribute to highlighting the solid links that QU continues to build with organizations worldwide.”
Distinguished guests and invitees at the inauguration of GPS2016
Dr. Mohammed Al Marri, the director of GPC, asserted the key role of the center in generating, maintaining and disseminating information and technology related to Qatar’s gas processing industrial base. He remarked, “By hosting this timely event, the Gas Processing Center assures its commitment in developing applied research that contributes to providing a locally sited and controlled source of knowledge, and to promoting cutting-edge technology and industrial facilities in line with national aspirations towards a knowledge-based economy.”
Mr. Alistair Routledge, the President of ExxonMobil said: “For many years now, ExxonMobil Qatar and Qatar University have been working hand in hand to make strides in research, science and education; and to help nurture a competitive, skilled workforce for Qatar. We share a mission to contribute to the sustainable development of Qatar, as outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030, and we do this by combining strengths across government, academia and industry.”
Mr. Hassan Al-Emadi, General Manager of Dolphin Energy Limited Qatar said: “As one of the leading players in the energy sector and a consortium member of Gas Processing Center, Dolphin Energy is proud to continue sponsoring such an important event which further enhances the strong alliance between industry and academia and brings together the region’s leading representatives of the industry. Our team is looking forward to making valued contributions to the sessions and workshops and I am sure the symposium will produce strong discussions and provide effective solutions to the challenges associated with gas processing today.”
Dr. Mohammed J Al-Marri showing H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada and distinguished invitees the research facilities at GPC.
The technical presentations of GPS2016 were organized over 18 sessions covering sub-themes: Catalytic Gas Processing, Industrial Case Studies, Carbon capture and Utilization, Corrosion, Waste Management, Gas Processing Materials, Emerging Technologies, Upstream Challenges, Optimization and Simulation, Energy Efficiency and Produced Water. Symposium featured two plenary lectures and six keynote lectures, in which the speakers from USA, Germany, Qatar, Germany, Malaysia and UAE. It also featured oral presentations delivered by speakers from Qatar University, Ain Shams University, CSIRO-Australia, Dolphin Energy Limited, DUT-The Netherlands, ExxonMobil Inc Qatar, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, NRC-Italy, Oryx GTL, Qatargas, Q-Chem, RasGas, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Shell Qatar, Texas A&M University-Qatar, and UAE University. Selected papers submitted to GPS2016 are now processed for publishing as a special issue of the “Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering of Elsevier”.
Two pre-symposium workshops on Produced Water Technology and Gas Treatment Processes were organized as a part of the GPS 2016. Dr. Hank Rawlins (Director, eProcess Technologies, Houston, Texas, USA), Dr. Simon Judd (Maersk Chair Professor in Environmental Engineering, GPC, Qatar University) and Dr. Muftah El-Naas (QAFCO Chair Professor, GPC, Qatar University) conducted the workshop on Produced Water Technology. Dr. Wei Wei (Director of Center for Greenhouse Gas and Environmental Engineering, Shanghai Advanced Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Dr. Abdelbaki Benamor (Assistant Research Professor, GPC, Qatar University) conducted the second workshop on Gas Treatment Processes.