Posted on January 15, 2013

As befitting of an industry chalking a bigger role in the global energy future, more than a dozen students from various universities across Qatar seized the opportunity to enable them for roles in the oil and gas industry on the final day of the inaugural World GTL Congress.

Empowering the university-level engineering students for the prospective environment was a day-long case study challenge organised by Qatar Shell in parallel to today’s exhibition, during which students had to overcome the odds and present their solutions on injecting life into a theoretically broken refinery.

“It was a great opportunity to participate in a real life simulation such as Shell’s case study challenge. We read about these things in the books but to actually be out here and involved in some of the processes was a truly enlightening experience,” said Abdullah Al-Anzi, a Chemical Engineering student from College of North Atlantic in Qatar (CNA-Q).

Wael Sawan, managing director and chairman of Qatar Shell, said: “We are very pleased to be able to organise the students’day on the side-lines of the first World GTL Congress. We engaged with university students through this Shell case study enabling them to take crucial decisions to salvage a failing refinery. This simulation is a stimulating way of giving students a feel of working in the oil and gas industry. This engagement is part of our continued commitment to support Qatar’s national vision of developing human resources. This engagement also allows us to tap into the pool of talented resources in Qatar with the potential of attracting and recruiting the brightest talent into Qatar Shell.”

The Shell’s case study complemented the last day of the inaugural World GTL Congress which, following two days of stimulating debate around the entire gamut of GTL from processing to promotion,featured a series of technical and educational forums, as well as an open public exhibition at St. Regis Doha, the event venue.

“By the end of the first-ever World GTL Congress,nearly every topic on the GTL industry has been pried open.We are extremely thankful to our speakers and sponsors for supporting and joining us at this unique event that has already emerged as a perfect conduit for GTL ideas and knowledge for years ahead,” said Symon Rubens, managing director, IQPC Middle East, Africa & South Africa.

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum (QP), and organised by IQPC (the International Quality & Productivity Centre), the event welcomed more than 500 delegates from around the world to Doha – the global GTL capital – where a range of topical discussions ensued around this new oil and gas industry.

Carrying the momentum gained from the first two days forward, the sessions on the final day featured the annual energy outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, data management, industry do’s and don’ts, and water reuses for GTL facilities, as delegates soaked up new information on gas-to-liquid.

“GTL plants are very energy and water intensive, as the energy and water intensity for the large part is the intrinsic character of the Fischer-Tropsch method (that forms the heart of GTL technology)… these challenges can be met by implementing the integration of water treatment at various block stages,” noted Jeroen Boom, Business Development Manager, Veolia Water during his presentation themed largely around reusing GTL water and using Qatar Shell’s Pearl GTL plant as a case study.

Meanwhile, the exhibition hall was swamped by industry associates and members of the general public curious to learn more about GTL, its possibilities and derivatives.

The three-day congress enjoyed tremendous reputation amongst the industry thanks to the available expertise of some of the leading GTL experts who extended their advice to the organisers. They included Dr Ramzi Salman Abdul Hussain; Senior Advisor from QP, Rob Overtoom; Technology Manager of Pearl GTL from QatarShell GTL Limited, Niels Fabricius; Senior Technical Advisor from Qatar Shell Service Company, and Abdulla Al-Naemi; Marketing Director of Refined Products from, Tasweeq.

The first edition of the World GTL Congress was supported by leading Qatar and global organisations, including: QP (Host Organisation), Shell (Host Sponsor), ORYX GTL (Lead Sponsor), Tasweeq (Diamond Sponsor), CCC (Silver Sponsor), Sasol (Official Gala Dinner Sponsor),Veolia Water Solutions, Gasal& Air Liquide (both as Associate Sponsors), Gulf Warehousing Company (Official Logistics Partner), and Qatar University (Official Education Partner).

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