BGreen Magazine » Oil and Gas http://www.buildgreen.ae The Middle East's only business magazine dedicated to environmental issues and sustainability Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:21:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 EMGAS and ENOC Lubricants promote green fuel products http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5716/emgas-and-enoc-lubricants-promote-green-fuel-products/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5716/emgas-and-enoc-lubricants-promote-green-fuel-products/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:56 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=5716 Emirates Gas (EMGAS) and ENOC Lubricants, the subsidiaries of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) have launched a joint promotion to further promote the use of green and clean fuel products.

As part of the one-month long joint campaign at all major forklift showrooms in UAE, customers who buy one Pro-Power cylinder from EMGAS will get 1-litre ENOC Protec, a lubricant being newly launched in the UAE, for free. The campaign brings significant advantage to forklift customers as Pro-Power is an innovative fuelling system that assures improved performance, prolonged engine life, and reduced maintenance and lifecycle costs.

Hesham Ali Mustafa, Senior Director – ENOC Gas Marketing, Head of International Business Development and General Manager of Emirates Gas LLC, said: “EMGAS is at the forefront in promoting sustainable transportation initiatives in the UAE and Propane is a clean and green fuel of choice for automotive applications like Fork Lifts. The new promotion with ENOC Lubricants brings to customers, particularly our industrial users, the benefit of incorporating sustainable fuel products, thus saving costs, improving product life and contributing to a greener environment. Pro-Power, a flagship product of EMGAS, with Propane is more economical and convenient compared to other fuels, and has been developed after focused research to create sustainable fuel products for the region.”

EPPCO Lubricants general manager Rashid Al-Ameeri added: “The new promotion is a strong value addition for forklift customers. The tailor-made formulation of ENOC Protec is specially developed for engines of machineries, light commercial vehicles and passenger cars running on gas as a sustainable alternative to other fuel products. It will significantly enhance gas engine efficiency while also contributing to lesser maintenance costs and lower emissions. The introduction of such novel products highlights our commitment to continuously innovate products that are aligned with the sustainable development goals of our customers.”

Pro-Power from EMGAS is ideal for all industrial sites using forklift trucks, and produces significantly lower emissions than comparable fuels, while also removing the possibility of harmful fuel spillage. It has high lifting capacity, efficient power dynamics, and has inbuilt safety relief valves and rust-inhibiting cylinders.

 

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Oil experts to share insights at upcoming Arab Oil & Gas Expo http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5657/oil-experts-to-share-insights-at-upcoming-arab-oil-gas-expo/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5657/oil-experts-to-share-insights-at-upcoming-arab-oil-gas-expo/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:30:25 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=5657 With 56% of the world’s oil reserves and 26% of natural gas deposits found in the Middle East, the upcoming Arab Oil and Gas show will create the opportunity for attendees to network with regional and international energy players and gain insights on the region’s energy sector.

The 18th edition of the biennial event will be held from March 17 to 19, 2014 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, offering opportunities to international oil & gas experts, executives, and manufacturers to network with their Arab and Middle Eastern counterparts and clients in a dynamic, business-conducive environment.

The 2014 edition of the Arab Oil and Gas show, which is one of the region’s foremost trade exhibitions for the Onshore and Offshore Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industries, will showcase the products and technology from across 25 countries. The objective of the event is to promote trade and business alliances, facilitate meetings and the signing of contracts, introduce technical and recruitment teams from the region’s national oil and gas companies and develop sales contacts. Some of the exhibition’s focal areas will include training, professional development, and employment within the energy sector.

Anselm Godinho, Managing Director, International Conferences and Exhibitions (IC&E), said: “A recent report by the Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (APICORP) states that the energy investment needs in the MENA region from 2012 to 2016 are expected to reach $525 billion, with most of the investments being centred in the Arabian Gulf. After 30 years of facilitating investment and trade within the region’s industry, the Arab Oil and Gas show has established itself as a key networking and business-to-business event attended by industry experts. With expanding demand for energy across the globe, exhibitors and visitors of the upcoming Arab Oil & Gas Show will benefit from the exponential growth of business in Dubai that is creating new channels and opportunities for trade and business alliances.”

A hands-on Arab Oil & Gas conference with a streamlined focus on the oil and gas sector will be conducted alongside the trade exhibition and will serve as a gateway for technicians, engineers and engineering graduates to interact and bridge the divide between education and industry. More than 300 exhibitors from over 25 countries are expected to display their products and services at the Arab Oil and Gas show. The exhibition will feature and engage representatives from related industries and business entities such as Laboratory & Instrumentation, Oil & Gas producers, Shipping, Research & Education, Petrochemicals, Refineries, Onshore and Offshore Drilling, Design & Engineering, and Environment & Alternative Energies, to name a few. For more information, log on to http://www.ogsonline.com.

 

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Siemens to erect turnkey combined-cycle power plant in Turkey http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5604/siemens-to-erect-turnkey-combined-cycle-power-plant-in-turkey/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5604/siemens-to-erect-turnkey-combined-cycle-power-plant-in-turkey/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:22:58 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=5604 Siemens has received an order for the turnkey construction of the Bandirma II combined-cycle (gas and steam) power plant (CCPP) in Turkey.

The purchaser is Enerjisa, a joint venture of Sabanci Holding and E.ON. Following the Samsun project, which is currently under construction, Bandirma II will be the second power plant in Turkey to be powered by an SGT5-8000H gas turbine, marking the sale of 28 of this model of gas turbine by Siemens worldwide.
These gas turbines, which have proven themselves in commercial operation since 2011, have now clocked up approximately 50,000 equivalent operating hours at an availability of more than 97%. Upon completion in the spring of 2016, this plant will have an installed capacity of around 600 megawatts (MW) and an efficiency of over 60%.

The natural-gas-fired CCPP Bandirma II will be built on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara, near the city of Bandirma in the Balikesir province.

Rainer Hauenschild, head of Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions at Siemens Energy, said: “We are very excited about working together with Enerjisa. As a manufacturer of turnkey installations, our customers profit from our expertise in ideally integrating mechanical, electrical and chemical processes optimally with our products in fossil-fired power plants. Therefore we can fulfill the needs of our customers at best.

“In this project, too, we will live up to our very high claim concerning quality and safety in project engineering and execution and during the construction and installation phase.”

The dynamic power plant market in Turkey calls for flexible and eco-friendly power generation facilities that are cost-efficient at the same time, so that they are right at the top in the merit order. The Bandirma II combined-cycle power plant is of single-shaft design. Such plants are highly flexible and can be run up to full power in only 30 minutes. With load ramping of gradients of up to 50 MW per minute, they also respond very quickly to fluctuations in power demand and so can help to stabilize the grid.

Highly efficient combined-cycle power plants and the associated service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

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Green power from Dubai’s household waste http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5571/green-power-from-dubais-household-waste/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5571/green-power-from-dubais-household-waste/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 07:26:49 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=5571 The conversion of the Al Qusais landfill site in Dubai from a waste dump to an efficient power production facility has set a new standard for the Middle East. Editor Gary Wright meets Anita Nouri, Business Development Director of Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC and Zak Nouri, Director of Operations. Anita and Zak are the leading people on the ground behind Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC, the company that won the Energy Efficiency Project of the Year in the BGreen Awards 2013

For 28 years Al Qusais has been home to the Dubai’s biggest rubbish dump where more than 1,000 trucks arrive daily to dump 6,000 tonnes of city’s waste. The site became operational in January 2013 when Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC (GESS) along with the Director General of Dubai Municipality, H.E. Hussain Lootah, commissioned the first landfill gas flaring project, ultimately turning the landfill into an environmental, well managed and maintained site.
Historically Al Qusais was a waste mountain, on the border of Sharjah – but in two years a transformation has taken place.
“Today through an innovative design of the piping system, GESS was able to keep the landfill active and create a more environmental, healthier landfill that is no longer a smelly eyesore for the surrounding residents,” said Anita Nouri, Business Development Director.
She arrived in Dubai with her husband Zak from Canada in 2008 with their family determined to do something good for Dubai and the UAE. With Zak’s background in construction and their joint knowledge of environment, recycling and the sustainable possibilities in the waste mountain at Al Qusais, they began their five-year journey.
“Landfill produces a huge opportunity for sustainable energy projects and no one was doing anything with the landfill here in the Middle East,” said Zak who is Director of Operations.
They set up GESS in 2011 and along with their financial investors began the development of the Al Qusais site. Anita said: “It was Always in line with the vision of Dubai Municipality to provide a safe and healthy living environment their goal was not to create more landfills but to make this landfill a more environmental place that can find value in the waste and provide power for the surrounding community.”
Four years ago carbon credits were very bankable and a good investment but today with the fall of the carbon market worldwide it has become a challenge that GESS plans to meet and overcome with the implementation of the power generation project.
“True waste to energy is the utilisation of the landfill gas that is harming our environment and producing power out of this waste gas to generate electricity” said Anita Nouri. When the project was commissioned, H.E. Hussain Lootah dubbed the Al Qusais site: 20/20 with a vision towards the future.
Al Qusais has been transformed into a well-managed landfill site and the passengers of cars that travel daily on E311 Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road from Sharjah to Dubai now see only a sand covered mountain about 30 metres high where they would have seen discarded waste only a few years ago.

Carbon credits
Carbon credits accumulated with the Al Qusais project are the equivalent of removing 60,000 cars from the road each year and can be sold to help other companies meet their carbon reduction targets. This goal of GESS and the Dubai Carbon Center to be able to help reduce Dubai’s overall carbon footprint.
“The waste is now carefully managed – there have been no major incidents on site and it is a safer place for the workers and the neighboring community” said Zak. “We have organised events on site and have even hosted ‘Feed the Workers’ during the Eid Al Atah where we fed over 400 labours and truck drivers that are impacted by the Al Qusais site.”
Site construction started in January 2012 and was fully completed and operational by January 2013 with the commissioning of the flare equipment and the registration with the United Nations as a large scale CDM project.
Anita said: “We are leaders in the region with the implementation of innovative green technologies and sustainable solutions and along with our technology partners combined our team has been involved in over 1,500 landfill project globally.”
On July 29 2013 Dubai Municipality and GESS marked a “green” milestone when the Al Qusais landfill became fully powered by the landfill gas.
Dubai’s Eng. Lootah said: “This is a significant milestone in Dubai’s journey towards being a sustainable city and is inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to undertake initiatives that conserve our environment.”
Anita told BGreen: “Now with the hosting of the World Expo 2020 GESS is proud to support and work with Dubai Municipality towards that goal of achieving Sustainable Energy Strategies and the exploration of alternative energy sources that will reduce the demand on existing power generation and fossil fuels.”
The collection system collects the landfill gas through an intricately laid network of 22 kilometres of horizontal and vertical pipes. The collection system is around the parameter of the landfill enabling the top of the landfill to remain clear and keep the site active for many years to come.
A Hofstetter Umwelttechnik AG high-efficiency enclosed flare, which safely disposes the flammable constituents of the landfill gas, particularly methane.
The Al Qusais project is a success and as the only landfill gas recovery system in the region to produce electricity, it has become a showcase for what can be achieved. Municipalities and governments are queuing up to consult with Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC (GESS).

On site
The BGreen team visited the site where Anita and Zak Nouri allowed them to tour the facility and the site.
Zak Nouri’s pride in what has been achieved at the two-km by three-km landfill site is evident as he drives the BGreen team around. Mr. Nouri pointed out the pipe collection points and showed how more than 1,000 trucks are able to dump the waste daily without being hindered by the gas collection system or plant operations. He emphasised that the waste is compacted and covered to ensure the safety on the site, reduce the smells, and reduce the risk of fires. GESS is working alongside the Waste Management Team of Dubai Municipality to follow the best standards.
We sit in his 4×4 on a 30m high mountain of waste looking down on the new deliveries some 20 metres below, and we see the GESS Flaring plant with the Proud Flags of the UAE waving and feel the pride of achievement that Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC has been able to achieve. He said: “Once the new waste reaches this height, it will be sealed and then more waste will be laid across the top to a maximum height of 42 metres. This site will be producing electricity for the next 20 to 25 years but as it grows it will be able to continue to produce more potential power.”
Al Qusais is a success and will become the blueprint for waste sites across the region and GESS is set to be a leader on both a consultant and contractor level. It makes commercial sense, it has dramatically improved the lives of people around the site and it works.
The last word should go to Anita Nouri, Business Development Director of Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC: “We are thankful to Dubai Municipality for the opportunity to be part of this landmark project that sets a First in the GCC region.
“Our vision was never to create more landfills but to optimize the existing ones and tap into a source of energy that is currently being vented into the atmosphere. Dubai Municipality’s 2020 vision clearly demonstrated this city’s thought leadership in promoting Environmental Sustainability and GESS is proud to be a part of that future.”

Al Qusais landfill site has become a showcase for what can be achieved with the millions of tonnes of waste produced across the world and GESS is now looking at other sites across the region.
Anita said: “Qusais is a prime example of how we can create Global Stewardship while we combat global warming by capturing and flaring the landfill gas that was naturally being vented into the atmosphere – site is reducing GHG to the equivalent of over 300,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.“
As an added benefit GESS is utilizing a portion of the gas to power a modified landfill gas generator (GE Jenbacher J320) to power the full load of the site and the GESS equipment. This has enabled the site to be sustainable and provide its own power from the landfill gas while it has reduced the amount of diesel that was previously being used by the Municipality to power its site offices and the GESS site works. Al Qusais is a registered CDM Project with the UNFCCC that will reduce GHG emissions from the landfill by over 350,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. The project is registered as CDM Project No 8269 LFG Flaring Project, Dubai UAE for the reduction of CH4 (Methane) which is 21 times more harmful than CO2.
Zak said: “GESS is proud to be part of the Dubai initiative of environmental awareness and by constructing this landfill gas project at the Al Qusais Landfill site we are achieving many goals; drastic reduction in fires, control odour nuisance, reduce health risks and adverse environmental impacts.” In the future GESS is hoping to connect to the grid and provide 12 Mw of power to DEWA from the landfill gas.

 

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Growth in global energy consumption underlines the need for unconventional gas http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5542/growth-in-global-energy-consumption-underlines-the-need-for-unconventional-gas/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5542/growth-in-global-energy-consumption-underlines-the-need-for-unconventional-gas/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 07:54:45 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=5542 With worldwide energy consumption projected to surge by approximately 50% in just two decades, there has been growing urgency for unconventional solutions in the gas sector – particularly in Gulf countries like Oman, where hydrocarbons make up 86% of government revenues and fuel economic growth.

While the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA region) holds 40% of the world’s proven gas reserves, it only accounts for 15% of global gas production, indicating the massive untapped potential. In order to tackle the evolving challenges, opportunities and trends in the global gas sector, Knowledge Expansion – a leading regional oil and gas knowledge transfer consultancy – is organising the International Unconventional Gas Conference and Exhibition (IUGCE), from 20-22 January 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Al Bustan Palace, Muscat in Oman. Oman is an ideal host, being the Middle East’s largest oil and gas producer that is not a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

The high profile event will be chaired by His Excellency Salim bin Said Al Aufi, undersecretary for Oman’s Ministry of Oil & Gas. As a platform for futuristic ideas that will shape gas exploration and production, the event will attract influential decision makers, thought leaders and stakeholders in the global industry to maximise the potential of unconventional gas. This refers to gas that requires higher than industry-standard levels of technology or investment to extract.

The high-powered line-up of international speakers includes Mr Raoul Restucci – Managing Director of PDO; Mr Jerome Ferrier – President of the International Gas Union (IGU); Mr Menahi Al Anzi – Deputy CEO: Exploration & Gas for KOC; and Mr David Dalton – Middle East Regional President for BP.

Considering the growing demand for gas – driven by the recovering global economy and population growth – the Middle East is seeking to strengthen its position at the forefront of the gas sector by diversifying from conventional gas reserves to its largely untapped unconventional gas reserves. However the major challenge is that unconventional gas types like tight gas and shale gas require much more advanced technologies and expertise.

While the region’s existing conventional gas fields remain highly productive, Gulf governments have opted for a proactive approach by exploring alternative solutions rather than waiting for conventional gas production to peak or dwindle. Tight gas exploration and appraisals in countries like the Sultanate of Oman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Algeria, Egypt and Libya have increased and are expected to gain momentum with time. This will ultimately strengthen energy security, unlocking new economical energy sources.

Commenting on the upcoming conference, Mr Rafeeq Kunhi, Director at Knowledge Expansion elaborated: “On one hand the region has enormous potential in unconventional gas, but on the other hand we have pinpointed a technological and knowledge gap in this field. Therefore we have organised this high profile platform where some of the world’s most respected experts will converge to empower regional experts through knowledge transfer. This will greatly enrich the region’s knowledge reservoir, boosting long-term sustainability and positioning the region at the forefront of the world’s unconventional gas sector.”

Among other highlights at this year’s conference, international experts will share emerging findings from groundbreaking research, success stories and lessons learned from international developments.

The event will identify, explore and showcase untapped opportunities for oil and gas companies to transfer skills and knowledge, thereby taking advantage of developments planned in the Middle East and further afield. Key discussion areas include the elements of success for an Unconventional Gas Development; Sustainability and Technology in this sector.

In addition to generous support from Oman’s Ministry of Oil & Gas and PDO, the event is supported by OPAL (Oman Society for Petroleum Services). The sponsors include Baker Hughes, Weatherford, BP, Shell, STS, Packers Plus, CC Energy and Petrogas E&P.

 

 

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EMGAS conducts LPG safety training for students http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5200/emgas-conducts-lpg-safety-training-for-students/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5200/emgas-conducts-lpg-safety-training-for-students/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:30:25 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=5200 Emirates Gas (EMGAS), a subsidiary of the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), organised a training programme on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) safety awareness for students of the University of Dubai.

The training programme is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility commitment of EMGAS to promote safe handling and usage of LPG among domestic consumers and to promote emergency readiness in domestic kitchens. EMGAS professionals led the training programme detailing various aspects involved in LPG safety.

EMGAS has provided similar training programmes for students from a number of educational institutions including the Higher Colleges of Technology, Al Ahlia School, Sumaya Bint Al Khayat Ajman Secondary School, Muzaira School, Institute of Applied Technology, Dubai Women’s College, NIVE, Dubai National School, Al Shoola School and University of Wollongong, among others.

 

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GCC petrochemicals industry must innovate to compete http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5181/gcc-petrochemicals-industry-must-innovate-to-compete/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/5181/gcc-petrochemicals-industry-must-innovate-to-compete/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:30:48 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=5181 The GCC’s petrochemicals and chemicals industry is at a crucial juncture and must address four key areas in order to meet future challenges, said HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia’s Assistant Minister for Petroleum Affairs at the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources on the opening day of Gulf Petroleum and Chemicals Association’s (GPCA) 8th Annual Forum in Dubai.

HRH Prince Abdulaziz said the industry must invest in innovation to ensure competitiveness and enhance efficiency; align itself to international rules and regulations; create local and regional demand for petrochemicals products to counteract the adverse effects of protectionism; and develop industrial parks and R&D laboratories and integrate refining and petrochemicals operations.

“In these dynamic, uncertain times, many opportunities emerge. This cannot be truer than for the petrochemicals and chemicals industry in the GCC,” he said.

“The GCC has achieved much over the last three decades but we are at a crucial juncture; we must collaborate to meet future challenges and play a bigger role in local economies,” he added.

Technology will continue to be the main driver in shaping the energy sector. The increase of the middle class, urbanisation, industrialisation and rapid development have “lifted people from poverty in emerging markets,” concluded HRH Prince Abdulaziz. In the Middle East, the burgeoning middle class is contributing towards the parallel growth in consumption especially in resource-rich countries.

However, the prince also noted that challenges are plenty including global competition; increased protectionism and trade barriers; small local market for petrochemical products; and a limited contribution of the industry to GDP.

Mohammed Al Mady, Chairman of GPCA and Vice Chairman and CEO of SABIC, said that 85% of Middle East petrochemicals companies are planning to increase investment in innovation which requires collaboration from all stakeholders. Governments should not dictate the path of innovation and businesses cannot foster innovation in isolation. There is a need to establish a broadly accessible education system and create an environment for people to live and companies to thrive.

The GCC petrochemical industry is currently 129.2 million tonnes, compared to 121.8 million tonnes in 2011 and 62.4 million tonnes in 2005, according to Dr Abdulwahab Sadoun, Secretary General of GPCA. The industry is expected to add a further 54 million tonnes of capacity by 2017, bringing total capacity to 183.6 million tonnes in the GCC, according to GPCA estimates. The most notable growth will be fine chemicals and fertilisers.

While the GCC petrochemicals industry is growing, it has become evident over the last two days that the region’s producers will need to innovate in order to realize their full potential. Collaboration is one key aspect of this journey towards future growth,” said Dr Sadoun. “This year’s Annual Forum has sparked crucial discussions within the region that will allow companies to better compete in an ever changing industry.”

Over 1,870 delegates attended the Annual Forum this year, to hear insights from 16 speakers. The event was held under the theme “Innovation: the foundation for chemical value chain leadership”. This is the eight edition of the event and was held at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai from November 19- 21, 2013. For more information, please visit http://gpcaforum.net

 

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GCC petrochemicals produces must increase investment in R&D, urges GPCA http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/4952/gcc-petrochemicals-produces-must-increase-investment-in-rd-urges-gpca/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/4952/gcc-petrochemicals-produces-must-increase-investment-in-rd-urges-gpca/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:18:07 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=4952 GCC petrochemical companies must increase their investment in research and development in order to remain competitive, urges the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA).

Dr Abdulwahab Al Sadoun, Secretary General of the GPCA: “Investment in research and development and patent grants is a key indicator of national development and essential if the regional petrochemicals sector is to maintain its competitive edge over other producers.”

According to the latest GPCA research, the chemicals industry spent $49 billion on R&D last year, a 10% increase in spending compared with 2011. Investments from European and American companies accounted for nearly half of that amount. Additionally, the chemical industry filed nearly 200,000 patents in the same period.

GCC petrochemicals producers spent $380 million on R&D in 2012, less than 1% of the global industry total. In the same year, Gulf-based chemicals companies filed an estimated 750 patents or 0.4% of the overall number globally.

“These figures underscore the urgent need to increase spending on R&D in the Gulf States,” said Dr Sadoun. “We must focus on research and development, and more importantly, develop strategies for innovation that will increase the product and cost competitiveness of the GCC petrochemicals sector.”

The global petrochemicals industry is in a state of flux, warns Dr Sadoun. Shale gas developments in the United States may see the country become self-sufficient in energy by 2030.

He said: “Innovation is no longer a luxury but an absolute necessity for the GCC petrochemicals industry. Without it, the Gulf’s chemicals producers will not be able to compete with global players.”

Held on the theme of “Innovation: The Foundation for Chemical Value Chain Leadership”, the GPCA will host its 8th Annual Forum from November 19-21 at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

 

For more information on the 8th GPCA Annual Forum, visit http://gpcaforum.net

 

 

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GE Oil & Gas launches training collaboration with Kuwait Oil Company http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/4944/ge-oil-gas-launches-training-collaboration-with-kuwait-oil-company/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/4944/ge-oil-gas-launches-training-collaboration-with-kuwait-oil-company/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:30:04 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=4944 Highlighting efforts to develop the next generation of young engineers and other technical workers for the global oil and gas industry, GE Oil & Gas and Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Company, have launched a new Competency Development training collaboration.

GE and KOC announced their initiative at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference 2013 (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, which ran from November 10-13.

As part of GE and KOC’s training programme, 10 KOC mechanical engineers recently successfully completed the extensive Competency Development Training Path that covers all rotating equipment technologies as well as control and vibration monitoring systems.

The programme covered an estimated 100 training days over a six-month period. Half of the training included hands-on work on GE’s line of gas turbines and centrifugal compressors, in addition to vibration and condition monitoring systems.

KOC is confident that the candidates will be able to adapt themselves to handle non-GE make machinery as well, with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience acquired during this competency development training.

During a graduation ceremony that will be held in Kuwait in January 2014, the participants will receive their completion certificates.

Such training initiatives are vital as industry statistics show that up to 50% of the oil and gas sector’s engineers will be eligible to retire over the next several years.

Rami Qasem, president and CEO GE Oil & Gas, MENAT region said: “The global oil and gas industry faces a growing talent gap as more of today’s workforce retires, creating a demand for a new generation of workers with the skills to address the world’s 21st century energy challenges.”

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Qatargas reiterates commitment to sustainable environment http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/4939/qatargas-reiterates-commitment-to-sustainable-environment/ http://www.buildgreen.ae/news/4939/qatargas-reiterates-commitment-to-sustainable-environment/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:30:36 +0000 Lorraine http://www.buildgreen.ae/?p=4939 Ghanim Al-Kuwari, Qatargas’s chief operating officer, delivered a speech at the inaugural session of the second Doha Carbon and Energy Forum, being held at the Qatar National Convention Centre from November 11 – 13.

Qatargas is a strategic sponsor of the forum that brings together international, regional, and Qatari experts to discuss current emerging and innovative technologies in carbon capture and storage, alternative energy and energy efficiency.

Al-Kuwari’s speech outlined the current and future developments in Qatar with regard to carbon capture and storage, climate change, alternative fuels and energy efficiency.

He said: “Carbon capture and storage can have a critical role to play in managing our carbon footprint. There are demonstration projects in several countries with research and development ongoing at multiple levels. Qatar has also formed the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre and is funding a $70 million, 10-year research partnership between Shell, Qatar Petroleum , Imperial College of London and the Qatar Science and Technology Park. The centre will help build Qatar’s capacity in carbon capture and storage.

“Qatar Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016 aim at reducing the energy intensity of electricity consumption through awareness campaigns, standardisation; and seasonal equipment maintenance shutdowns. Qatar through ongoing studies, innovation within its industrial sector and extensive flare reduction programmes is contributing towards enhancing energy efficiency. Research is also ongoing within the private and education domain to increase understanding related to energy efficiency.”

Al-Kuwari also underlined Qatargas’ efforts in reducing its carbon footprint stating: “Qatargas contributes to reducing carbon footprint and we are doing so via initiatives such as reduced flaring, greenhouse gas management strategy, by exploring carbon capture and storage and revising energy efficiency studies in collaboration with Qatar Petroleum.”

The Doha Carbon DCEF, organised jointly by Qatar Foundation, Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil Qatar, provides a platform for a select panel of experts to discuss energy and greenhouse gas challenges facing Qatar and the wider region. Discussions during the Forum will fall under three pillars: reviewing state of the art scientific research and development; policies and regulation; and practical industrial applications to mitigate and adapt to the risks of climate change.

 

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