Qatar and BP plan to extend LNG safety research

Sunday, 16 December 2007

It will be executed in partnership with the Qatar Foundation and Texas A&M University in the United States, Qatar Petroleum said in a statement.

The agreement is intended to extend and complement an existing BP-sponsored programme at the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Its aim is to help advance the science and technical understanding of key safety issues affecting the LNG industry worldwide.

The research will be carried out at the Texas A&M University branch campus within the Qatar Foundation university campus in Qatar’s capital Doha.

It will encompass practical testing at Qatar Petroleum’s Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College,   currently being constructed at Ras Laffan Industrial City, where the nation’s LNG plants are located.

Steve Peacock, president of BP’s Middle East and South Asia E&P division, said: “The programme will create a unique and enduring training and development opportunity for graduates from the Qatar Foundation and enable them to benefit from the outstanding post-graduate teaching and research training provided by Texas A&M University.

“As Qatar continues to develop its leading role in the LNG world, such activities will facilitate the transfer of relevant technologies and build human capacity in LNG safety for the benefit not only of Qatar but also the LNG industry worldwide,” Peacock added.

Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani, acting director of Ras Laffan Industrial City,  said  the facilities and research programmes were expected to be launched in 2008.

“It will enable fire and emergency response services and fire engineers to learn more about the behavior of LNG fires and it will also offer students in Fire Engineering the opportunity to do PhD research,” he added