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GPC International Gas Processing Symposium Opens

The opening ceremony of the GPC's 3rd International Gas Processing Symposium on March 5 was attended by Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum H.E. Dr Mohamed bin Saleh Al-Sada, QU President Prof Sheikha Al-Misnad, QU VP for Research Dr Hassan Al-Derham, GPC Director Prof Abdelwahab Aroussi, newly-appointed Executive Vice President and Chairman of Qatar Shell Mr Wael Sawan,  General Manager Dolphin Energy Qatar Mr Adel Ahmed Albuainain,  President ConocoPhillips Qatar Mr Erec Issacson,  Vice President & Development Manager, ExxonMobil Qatar Mr Bryan Wesselink, local, regional and international scientists, experts, academics, and QU faculty and students from various disciplines.
The event follows the previous successes of 2009 and 2010.  The theme of this year’s symposium is “Diversity in Natural Gas Utilization”.  Over 3 days, participants will discuss wide-ranging themes such as Environmental sustainability, Clean production and efficient use of natural resources, Sustainable technologies for carbon sequestration and utilization, Efficient Utilization of natural resources, Assessment of sustainability and life cycle analysis, Technological and Natural Disasters, and Gas and energy modeling.   As a lead-up to the event, a series of pre-symposium workshops was held on  hydrates and “GTL from well to wheel”.
In his welcoming remarks, Dr Al-Derham said: “QU has the honor to extend its sincere appreciation to HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad for his patronage of this very important event.  We are also pleased to welcome all the esteemed participants.  I wish you all the best in your discussions and deliberations on the theme of this year’s symposium which is a timely issue being addressed around the world”.
Prof Al-Misnad noted that QU continues to be a strong partner with national organizations in the dialogue on emerging issues that impact the society and the course of development of Qatar’s economy.  “This symposium is a clear indication of our commitment to contribute to advancing the goals outlined in QNV 2030 and QNDS 2011-2016 to promote responsible industrial processes and environmental sustainability”. 
Mr Adel Ahmed Albuainain said: “Dolphin Energy is very pleased to support this important event.   The Symposium is strengthening the link between education and industry and driving important alliances that will put in place measures required for future success”.
Mr Erec Issacson stated that Conoco Phillips has a great success story to tell with natural gas, and added:  “It offers solutions to energy security, economic opportunity and sustainability for the entire world. It’s our responsibility to not only supply natural gas, but to serve as its advocate”.
Mr Bryan Wesselink noted that it is programs like those provided by ExxonMobil to develop Qatari engineers, institutions like QU, and forums like this week’s symposium that provide people the wherewithal to address the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. 
Mr Wael Sawan referred to the partnerships Qatar Shell has developed in Qatar  and which enabled it to be part of the core community beyond the energy sector.  He pointed to the ongoing relationship with QU namely the Shell Sustainable Chair, and its support of QU students’ participation in last year’s eco-marathon in Germany, and the “I am a researcher” program under the Al Bairaq World initiative.
At the end of the opening ceremony, Prof Al-Misnad joined Minister Al-Sada in honoring the recipients of the main symposium awards.  Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO) General Manager  Mr Khalifa Al-Suweidi received the Award for the Advancement of Gas Processing Industry in Qatar for his exceptional work to make the fertilizer industry in Qatar one of the world’s leading and making the organization the largest single site in the world.
Ras Gas and Qatar Gas were jointly awarded the Excellence in Gas Processing Practice Award which recognizes industry expertise and innovations that have had a significant impact on the operations of the respective organization or on the gas processing industry in general . Qatar Gas Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Ras Gas Managing Director Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi  received the award on behalf of their respective organizations.
Both QU President and the Minister inaugurated the Symposium exhibition which included exhibits  from QP, Qatar Shell, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhilips, Dolphin Energy, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) CCTE (Algeria), Resato (Holland), QU Materials Technology Unit, QU Environmental Studies Center, College of North Atlantic Qatar, and GPA-GCC.
The symposium was sponsored by Qatar Shell as Elite Sponsor, and by Qatar Petroleum, Conoco Philips, Dolphin Energy and ExxonMobil as main sponsors.  Other sponsors included Oryx GTL as event sponsor, and GPC partners GPA-GCC, EFCE, and AICHE providing technical support.
The final day’s activities will include field trips to Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), Oryx GTL at Ras Laffan City, and QAPCO at Mesaieed Industrial City.