Posted on July 16, 2014

Amidst the rapidly growing demand for methanol in the region and across the globe, Qatar Fuel Additives Company Limited (QAFAC) – the leading producer and exporter of Methanol and MTBE in Qatar – will be holding the first-ever Middle East Methanol Forum (MEMF) on 26 November 2014 at the Sharq Village & Spa in Doha, Qatar.

To be held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar, Chairman of Qatar Petroleum Board of Directors and Managing Director, the 2014 MEMF with the main theme of ‘Miracle Energy On Hand’ is to be attended by some of the world’s leading experts of Methanol.

“Methanol is a basic chemical molecule that touches our daily lives in so many various ways,” said Mr Nasser Jeham Al-Kuwari, CEO, QAFAC. “As the basic component of paints, solvents and plastics, to innovative applications in energy, transportation fuel and fuel cells, methanol is a key commodity and an integral part of our global economy. It is one of the most versatile compounds developed and is the basis for hundreds of chemicals and thousands of products. It is also the second ranked commodity in the world in terms of amount shipped and transported around the globe every year.

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“For this reason, we at QAFAC deemed it imperative to hold this Forum to enable every stakeholder to find better ways of efficiently and effectively producing and harnessing its capacity for the benefit of everyone,” he added. “Therefore, this Forum aims to provide scientific experts, producers and end-users a platform, to examine and deliberate – the emerging trends in the Methanol  Industry, methanol as a marine fuel and the global vision of Qatar and GCC countries with regard to petrochemical industries.”

Among the key topics to be discussed at the one-day Forum include ‘Global Methanol Markets Overview’ and ‘Making a case for oxygenates in the GCC ‘Analysing Current and Future Opportunities’. The main resource speakers at the Forum include high ranking company executives from some of the region’s and the world’s top producers of Methanol, along with strong support from the Methanol Institute.