Total celebrates 10 years of innovative research in Qatar.
The Total Research Centre-Qatar team and other dignitaries during the 10th anniversary celebrations held yesterday at the Qatar Science and Technology Park.
Total Research Centre -- Qatar (TRC-Q) celebrated its 10th year in Qatar with a ceremony organised yesterday at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP). During the event, keynote speeches were delivered by former TRC-Q director Philippe Julien and TRC-Q director Yousef al-Jaber, who celebrated the evolution of TRC-Q and its milestone achievements with stakeholders. TRC-Q is one of Total's seven worldwide research centres established in 2009 for the research dedicated to the Qatar and Middle East technical challenges. Initially focused mainly on geochemistry and carbonate reservoirs, TRC-Q today has branched out to other crossover technologies, collaborating with universities and the medical and space domains. Al-Jaber said: "We are celebrating 10 years of innovation and excellence and development in TRC-Q, thanks to the fruitful collaboration and partnerships we have had with our key stakeholders. "Our commitment to sharing our expertise is fuelled by our aim to develop homegrown solutions to our local operational challenges, thus supporting and contribution to Qatar's vision of developing a knowledge-based economy. Moving forward, the research centre is committing to sustainability and innovation with a clear vision of sustainable leadership and ultimate actions." With projects for analytical organic geochemistry and acid stimulation of wells to improve production, TRC-Q currently has flagship projects related to sustainable development, marine biodiversity, biofuels, and solar energy. "Our strategy for TRC-Q has been the same since its inception -- to develop innovation, and share with our partner companies. This innovation relies on building on previous work, acquired skills and expertise. We develop a real expertise that leverages the global research capacity of Total at a worldwide scale and directly benefits our partners in Qatar. "And this is where R&D's true value lies, because we develop innovations that are not available anywhere else in our industry," said Julien, who is senior manager, New Ventures, at Total's E&P headquarters in France. With various other research projects currently conducted in partnership with local scientific and industrial partners, including oil and gas partners, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute and Texas A&M University at Qatar, as well as international R&D organisations, TRC-Q also acts as a bridge between industry and academia to bring innovative solutions to our operations. "Our partnership with universities is an opportunity to strengthen ties between the education sector and the energy industries and to build strong bridges and interactions between the two in order to achieve business sustainability and innovation. "This will be a sustainable initiative for the energy and environment. Our relationship strives on the shared ambition to develop sustainable solutions and support national aspirations in line with Qatar National Vision 2030," said Christophe Eon, deputy vice president HR, COMM, CSR.
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