Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre

The Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC) is a 10 year, $70M collaboration between engineers at Imperial College, in Chemical Engineering and Earth Science and Engineering, with Qatar Petroleum and Shell aimed at

- understanding carbonate oil and gas reservoirs better

- measuring and predicting the properties of CO2 (mixed with hydrocarbons and water) under high temperature and pressure reservoir conditions

- using these to build a state-of-the-art simulator to design and optimise improved hydrocarbon recovery and CO2 capture in these reservoirs

- validate this approach against pilot-scale and full field scale demonstration projects

- provide the engineers of the future for Qatar

- transfer this technology to Qatar to enable clean exploitation of the country's natural resources, with minimal damage to the environment and the climate.

The Centre was launched at a ceremony at Imperial in June 2008. The initial projects are underway and the recruitment of PhD students, research fellows and lecturers is in full swing. Students from Qatar and the region are particularly encouraged to join the programme which aims to attract the best researchers in these fields from across the world to address one of the biggest engineering challenges of the 21st Century - continuing to meet the world's growing energy demands using fossil fuels without releasing the greenhouse gases which cause climate change.

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