Rosneft has opened an office of the International center for research and development in Qatar, which will become a full-scale representative office of the Company, performing along with scientific and technical activities also functions to promote various business areas of the Company in the region.
The agreement to open the center was signed during the visit of the Chief Executive Officer of Rosneft Igor Sechin to Doha. International Research and Development Center will work at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF).
QSTP is one of the world's leading science incubators providing a unique economic environment for enterprises engaged in the development and implementation of new technologies, including those in the energy sector.
In light of Rosneft’s strategic objectives related to petroleum and gas chemistry technologies development, the Rosneft R&D Center will develop innovative solutions for the production of engineering plastics and gas processing, as well as the creation of new catalysts, polymers and oils. Studies in the field of integrated geological and engineering software, and 3D designing and modeling in refining and petrochemistry will be key focus areas. Cooperation will also be carried out in the field of shipbuilding, including the possibility of a joint project for the construction of ships and the creation of equipment at the Zvezda shipyard.
One of the areas of cooperation between Rosneft and the QF will be the joint financing of high-priority Russian and international research projects including the capability of venture funding. In addition, the partners will collaborate in the field of oil and gas education with the aim of integrating the two scientific and educational schools - Russian and international. As part of cooperation, the parties will promote the development of modern innovative technologies, as well as scientific and technological exchange between the two countries.
Speaking at the ceremony, Igor Sechin, Rosneft CEO, said: ‘Today Qatar is not only an important player in the Arabian Gulf market, but also one of the leaders in the global oil and gas industry. The development of modern technologies in the fuel and energy sector has become a key driver in the socioeconomic successes of the country. Interaction in scientific and technical research is one of the goals of our cooperation. Qatar has created a unique research center in which leading world companies and educational institutions operate, which creates grounds for a real breakthrough in the oil and gas science. As the President of the Russian Federation said in his Address to the Federal Assembly, ‘the Russian research infrastructure will be one of the most powerful and effective in the world.’ In this regard, the Qatar Science and Technology Park will be an ideal platform for joint research work in projects that envisage the implementation of advanced and innovative developments of Rosneft’.
Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Foundation, said: “We are delighted to sign this important agreement with Rosneft, and look forward to welcoming and working with researchers from the company to further develop areas of shared interest within the energy sector. At QF, we believe research and development are among the most important elements of a competitive and diverse economy, and are therefore a key priority for empowering and activating innovation in Qatar, as well as with our partners worldwide.”
Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), is a Free Zone, accelerator, and incubator for tech-product development in Qatar. The park fosters an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Qatar that works to accelerate commercialization of market-ready technologies to realize Qatar’s national diversification drive.
QSTP’s focus ranges across four overarching themes, comprising Energy, Environment, Health Sciences, and Information & Communication Technologies, in line with the Qatar National Research Strategy announced in 2012.
Located in Qatar Foundation's Education City, QSTP has access to the vital resources of a cluster of leading research universities. Members of QSTP’s Free Zone include SMEs, international corporations, and research institutions. They are collectively committed to investing in new technology development programs, creating intellectual property, enhancing technology management skills, and developing innovative new products.
QSTP supports QF R&D’s economic and human development objectives for Qatar, and is increasingly recognized as an international hub for applied research, innovation, incubation, and entrepreneurship.
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Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, science and research, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Emir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
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