Volkswagen and Qatar to put autonomous electric vehicles on Doha roads in 2022

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Volkswagen AG and the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) are partnering in Project Qatar Mobility, which will put a fleet of self-driving Level 4 electric shuttles into operation in the Qatar capital Doha in 2022. During the 2022 FIFA World Cup—the largest sporting event in the world—Qatar will thus be the venue for the world’s first emission-free, electric and autonomous public transport system.

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Qatar and Volkswagen to Intensify Cooperation

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The Emirate of Qatar, the Volkswagen Group, Porsche Automobil Holding SE and the State of Lower Saxony expressed an interest in strengthening their cooperation, particularly in the fields of research, development and education. All the parties expressed an interest in cooperation with the Qatar Foundation regarding vocational training and further study courses at Qatar University and the AutoUni in Wolfsburg.

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Qatar and Shell sign Heads of Agreement for the development of a ~$6.4B petrochemicals complex in Qatar

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Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry of the State of Qatar, and Peter Voser, CEO of Shell, signed a Heads of Agreement that sets the scope and commercial principles for the development of a world-scale petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. This agreement follows the conclusion of a joint feasibility study conducted by the partners, Qatar Petroleum and Shell.

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Qatar University provides first update on R&D on sustainable aviation biofuels; scaling up production

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Qatar University (QU) provided the first public update on the progress of its work on developing sustainable alternative biofuels for aviation on the eve of the UN Climate Change Conference COP-18. million) biofuel project, in collaboration with Qatar Airways and Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), is now in its third year. The Peninsula.

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Qatar Airways, QSTP and Qatar Petroleum to Develop Renewable Biojet Fuel with Support of Airbus; Formation of Qatar Advanced Biofuel Platform

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Qatar Airways, Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and Qatar Petroleum (QP) will jointly carry out engineering, economic analysis and move into the development of renewable biojet fuel that will also look into ways for production and supply, with the support of Airbus. Qatar Airways successfully conducted the world’s first commercial flight powered by a Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) fuel blend last October. Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 120 aircraft by 2013.

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Qatar Petroleum and UOP to research more efficient treatment of natural gas

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Qatar Petroleum (QP) and UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, have signed a joint research agreement on “Process Optimization of CO 2 and Sulfur Components Removal from Natural Gases.” QP develops/operates onshore and offshore oil and gas fields in Qatar, including exploration, field development, production, refining, transport, and storage.

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Volkswagen and Qatar strengthen agreement

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As one of the hottest (figuratively and literally) emerging markets in the world, the Emirate of Qatar is garnering attention from some of the leading automakers as they bid to test new materials under challenging climatic conditions. Tags: Green cars Latest news Volkswagen Dr Martin Winterkorn Porsche Qatar Research and Development test laboratory

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Senators Question DoE Loans To Fisker, Cite Qatar Investment

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It's fair to say Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors is on a high at the moment. The first owners finally have their brand new 2012 Tesla Model S cars, and the company is receiving plenty of positive media attention. Meanwhile, its rival Fisker has been much quieter--and when there has been news, it's often been from outside the company.

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Volkswagen to debut XL1 PHEV prototype at Qatar Motor Show; fuel consumption of 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US)

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Volkswagen is staging the world debut of its XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) prototype at the Qatar Motor Show this week. The XL1 prototype PHEV. Click to enlarge. The prototype, representing the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-liter car strategy ( earlier post ), features combined fuel consumption of 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US), according to VW.

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Williams Technology Centre in Qatar and Sainsbury’s form technology collaboration; MLC flywheel energy storage for stationary applications

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Sainsbury’s and Williams F1 will collaborate to apply Formula One-inspired technologies being developed at the Williams Technology Centre (WTC) in Qatar to help the supermarket group increase its energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Qatar Airways looking to take up to a 10% stake in alcohol-to-jet company Byogy, along with off-take agreement

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Bloomberg reports that Qatar Airways Ltd. In March, Byogy announced a joint venture with Qatar Airways as well as other partnerships including a feedstock agreement with Brazilian sugar cane ethanol producer Itapecuru Bioenergia and fuel off-take terms with Brazil’s Azul Airways. Chris Schroeder, Qatar Airways Senior. plans to take up to a 10% stake in alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel company Byogy Renewables Inc., coupled with an off-take agreement. Earlier post.)

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Williams F1 Establishes Technical Center in Qatar; Initial Focus on Commercial Development of Magnetically Loaded Composite Flywheel

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Williams F1 and the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) formally signed an agreement to inaugurate the Williams Technology Center (WTC). To celebrate the announcement, the Qatar Science & Technology Park identity will form a prominent element of the team’s on-car race livery for this weekend’s inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. CAD rendering of the MLC flywheel. Source: WHP. Click to enlarge.

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Air Products’ New AP-X LNG Technology Placed On-Stream at World’s Largest LNG Process Train in Qatar

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The liquefaction area representing the AP-X liquefaction process technology designed for use at the Qatargas 2–Train 4 LNG facility in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. This single LNG process train for the Qatargas 2 facility, located in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, is rated for an annual LNG production capacity of 7.8

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Volkswagen to debut plug-in hybrid electric vehicle prototype

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Take a look at the Volkswagen XL1 – this isn’t the stuff of fantasy, the vehicle will actually make its world debut at this week’s Qatar Motor Show. Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news Volkswagen plug-in hybrid cars plug-in hybrid electric cars Qatar Motor Show Volkswagen plug-in hybrid Volkswagen XL1 VW VW XL1The prototype is the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s one-litre car strategy and features fuel consumption at an incredible 261mpg.

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GECF: more than a quarter of 2050 natural gas supply untapped

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The Gas Exporting Countries Forum is an international governmental organization of 20 Member Countries—Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Angola, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Norway, Oman, Peru, and the United Arab Emirates—which jointly control 71% of the proven gas reserves, 45% of its marketed production, 53% of pipeline, and 60% of LNG exports across the globe.

Prototype 2014 Volkswagen XL1 Ultra-Efficient Car Spied Testing

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Last year at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, Volkswagen wooed the audience with its XL1 plug-in hybrid concept car, a vehicle it said would get an amazing 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers, or 260 mpg. Now, a road-going prototype version of the gas-sipping two-seater has been spotted undergoing extensive road testing ahead of the production XL1’s

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Williams F1 and UK Transport Research Laboratory sign simulator-based driver training MOU

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The MoU between Williams F1 and TRL will see the two companies collaborate on joint research, marketing and business development initiatives and use Williams F1’s simulator technology to help improve road safety, fuel efficiency and other aspects of driver behavior in Qatar and internationally. The cooperation will be led by the Williams Technology Centre, Qatar (WTCQ) and TRL’s Qatar Centre, both of which are located in the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).

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Shell producing base oil from natural gas for motor oils

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Shell PurePlus Technology base oil is manufactured at the Pearl GTL facility in Ras Laffan in Qatar, a partnership between Qatar Petroleum and Shell. Shell announced the production of the first clear base oil—the main component of motor oils—made from natural gas using its gas-to-liquids (GTL) PurePlus Technology. Shell PurePlus Technology is now being used to create motor oils for motorists in the United States.

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New approach for synthetic rubber for degradable tires: converting cyclopentene to polypentenamers

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A team from the Texas A&M University campus in Qatar (TAMU-Qatar) and Caltech has developed a new way to make synthetic rubber; once this material is discarded, it can be easily degraded back to its chemical building blocks and reused in new tires and other products. at TAMU-Qatar has been working on making tires with degradable materials. —Antisar Hlil, TAMU-Qatar.

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First Pearl GTL product shipment reaches US: synthetic base oil

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The product, the first from the Qatar-based Pearl GTL plant to reach the Americas, will be stored at a hub in Houston and routed to Shell Lubricants’ GTL-enabled blending facilities throughout the United States. Pearl GTL, a partnership between Royal Dutch Shell and Qatar Petroleum, has built the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar.

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Williams F1 & Mowasalat sign MOU on advanced simulator-based training technology; safety, comfort and fuel efficiency

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Williams F1 and Mowasalat have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see Williams F1’s advanced simulator technology, currently under development at the Williams Technology Centre, Qatar (WTCQ), applied in Mowasalat’s driver training operations to help improve road safety, passenger comfort and fuel efficiency. Known as the “The Transport Company,” Qatar-based Mowasalat started its activities in the region in October 2004 by providing land transport services and solutions.

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MIT, QCRI use AI to enrich digital maps to improve GPS navigation; RoadTagger

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A model developed by Researchers at MIT and Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) have developed a model that uses satellite imagery to tag road features in digital maps to help improve GPS navigation. Qatar, where QCRI is based, is “not a priority for the large companies building digital maps,” Madden says. While visiting Qatar, we’ve had experiences where our Uber driver can’t figure out how to get where he’s going, because the map is so off.

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Shell will not move forward with $12.5B US Gulf Coast GTL project

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In 2011, Shell began production at Pearl GTL in Qatar, a joint venture between Shell and Qatar Petroleum, the world’s largest GTL plant. Royal Dutch Shell plc will not move forward with the proposed 140,000 barrels per day Gulf Coast gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Louisiana and will suspend any further work on the project, which was estimated to cost some $12.5 billion. Earlier post.)

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Qatargas delivers first Q-Max LNG cargo to China

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The supply was made under the long-term contract to supply LNG from Qatar to China, which was executed in April 2008 between Qatar Liquefied Gas Company and Shell Western LNG B.V. Gulf Times. Qatargas delivered its first Q-Max liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to China.

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Shell selects site for proposed $12.5B GTL project in Louisiana

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In 2011, Shell began production at Pearl GTL in Qatar, a joint venture between Shell and Qatar Petroleum, the world’s largest GTL plant. Shell has selected Ascension Parish in Louisiana as the location for a potential natural gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility. According to the terms of an incentive agreement with the state, the company at a minimum would spend $12.5 billion and create 740 direct jobs, should the project be built.

Williams Advanced Engineering’s simulator technology to help in trial of driverless cars

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Williams Advanced Engineering has been commercializing this technology since 2010, with previous projects including the development of road safety simulators to improve driving standards in Qatar. Williams Advanced Engineering is part of a consortium that has secured government funding from Innovate UK to test driverless cars in the Bristol region.

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Haldor Topsoe and Sasol unite to offer customers single-point licenses for proven gas-to-liquids solutions

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TechnipFMC was the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the Oryx GTL facility in Qatar and has performed a number of front-end engineering designs for GTL facilities, including the Uzbekistan GTL. Sasol and Haldor Topsoe, two of the global leaders in gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, have entered into a collaboration agreement to offer single-point licensing of proven and bankable GTL solutions to produce diesel, kerosene and naphtha from natural gas.

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Qatalum at full production

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Qatalum, a joint venture by Qatar Petroleum and Hydro, achieved its full production capacity of 585,000 tonnes of primary aluminum on 21 September. With a first phase production capacity of 585,000 metric tonnes per year from 704 cells, Qatalum will enable Qatar to contribute a significant portion towards Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) aluminium production.

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New high-entropy alloy is as light as aluminum, stronger than titanium alloys

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Researchers from North Carolina State University and Qatar University have developed a new high-entropy alloy that has a higher strength-to-weight ratio that they say is unmatched by any other metallic material. Lead author of the paper is Dr. Khaled Youssef of Qatar University. Ashby plot of strength vs. density for engineering materials. Yield strength for metals and polymers, tear strength for elastomers, compressive strength for ceramics, and tensile strength for composites.)

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The Technical Failure That Could Clear The Oil Glut In A Matter Of Weeks

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The Kingdom has the same challenges as its current main political adversary, Qatar. The latter’s national oil company, Qatar Petroleum, has only been able to maintain crude oil production on its main offshore oilfield Al Shaheen through heavy investments from its former joint-venture partner Maersk Oil. Currently producing about 300,000 barrels of oil per day, Al Shaheen is Qatar’s largest offshore oil field and one of the largest offshore oil fields in the world.

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ADB: Projected cost of Uzbek Oltin Yo’l GTL plant increases by 37% to $5.6B

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The technology used is similar to that of the pioneering ORYX GTL plant in Qatar. The projected cost of the Olin Yo’l GTL project in Uzbekistan ( earlier post ) will hit $5.6 billion, according to a project update by Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is supporting the project with a $125-million loan. As originally outlined by founding project partners Sasol, Petronas and Uzbekneftegaz, the project was estimated to cost some $4.1 billion.

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Hydro starts aluminum production at HAL4e pilot plant; highest energy efficiency, smallest CO2 footprint

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Compared with the technology used in Hydro plants in Sunndal and Qatar, the new pots will be 50% larger and produce 50% more metal from each pot, while also using less energy per kilo produced. Hydro has started producing the first aluminium metal at its technology pilot in Karmøy, marking the start of verifying at an industrial scale the HAL4e aluminium technology.

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3 Oil Majors That Bet Big On Renewables

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For instance, Total has lined up an 800 megawatt (MW) solar project in Qatar where it will own a 49% stake in the project when it is completed in 2021. by Alex Kimani for Oilprice.com.

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First gas flows to Pearl GTL

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Construction at the massive Pearl GTL project, Qatar, 2010. Qatar Petroleum and Shell announced the first flow of dedicated offshore gas into the Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant located in Ras Laffan Industrial City in the State of Qatar. Pearl GTL is the largest energy project ever launched in the State of Qatar, in terms of total investments. Placed end-to-end the tubes would stretch from Qatar to Japan.

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Shell and Tsinghua University set up mobility research center

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Shell integrated its supply chain with its gas value chain in Pearl GTL, Qatar, in order to provide Shell PurePlus Technology-enabled engine oils around the world. Shell officially opened its Joint Research Center for Cleaner Mobility with Tsinghua’s Department of Automotive Engineering (DAE). Shell has partnered with Tsinghua University since 201 to provide students with the latest knowledge in lubricants technology.

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KLM to Operate Demonstration Passenger Flight Using 50:50 Biofuel Blend

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In October, Qatar Airways became the first airline to operate a commercial flight on a 50:50 blend with synthetic GTL Jet Fuel. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will operate a demonstration commercial passenger flight with a 50:50 bio-kerosene blend—the first such with that blend. Earlier post.). The flight, on 23 November 2009, will use Boeing 747 equipment. One of the aircraft engines will be running on a fuel mixture made up of 50% sustainable bio-fuel and 50% traditional kerosene.

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Borgward expanding to the Middle East; westwards from China

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Borgward will systematically continue to globalize its activities by entering the markets of Middle Eastern countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Iran. In accordance with this roadmap, the company will expand westwards from China before entering the European market. As announced, we will boost growth further and open up new markets.

Suncor Energy sells majority of conventional natural gas business in Western Canada for $1B

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Suncor Energy has reached an agreement to sell the conventional portion of its natural gas business in Western Canada for $1 billion to a newly established partnership between Centrica plc and Qatar Petroleum International. Estimated production from this business in 2013 is approximately 42,000 boe/d (90% gas). The sale includes properties situated across multiple regions in Alberta, northeast British Columbia and southern Saskatchewan.

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Williams F1 and Kinetic Traction Systems partner to advance composite flywheel energy storage technology for rail and grid applications

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The co-operation will also see further development and enhancements to the GTR undertaken by Williams F1’s energy storage team based at the Williams Technology Centre in Qatar. Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited (Williams F1) and Kinetic Traction Systems, Inc. KTSi) have signed a long-term cooperation Agreement to advance and promote innovative, clean flywheel-based energy storage and recycling systems for mass transit rail and grid applications.

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EIA ups total shale oil resource estimate by 13% to 419B barrels, shale gas by 4% to 7576 Tcf

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Oman exports liquefied natural gas (LNG) but imports some volumes of natural gas by pipeline from Qatar via the UAE. The UAE is a net exporter of LNG but increasingly imports natural gas by pipeline from Qatar. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) continues to expand its assessment of technically recoverable shale oil and shale natural gas resources around the world.

Sasol, GE develop new anaerobic microbial technology for cleaning of Fischer-Tropsch waste water; boosting gas-to-liquids (GTL) value proposition

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Sasol currently uses aerobic microbes to treat GTL and coal-to-liquids (CTL) effluents in ORYX GTL, Qatar and Synfuels, Secunda facilities. Sasol pioneered the treatment of effluents from the GTL process in Ras Laffan, Qatar, where effluents are treated and recycled for use as irrigation water in the city of Ras Laffan.

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Study estimates ~4M children worldwide develop asthma each year because of NO2 air pollution

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The country with the highest percentage of traffic pollution-attributable childhood asthma incidence was South Korea (31%), followed Kuwait (30%), Qatar (30%), United Arab Emirates (30%), and Bahrain (26%).

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Marubeni to acquire 35% working interest in Eagle Ford shale play from Hunt Oil for $1.3B

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Marubeni has positioned its energy and mineral resources business, including oil and gas exploration and development, as a strategically important business area, and has already been involved in projects in the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea (UK), India, Qatar and the Niobrara Shale Oil (US), which started its initial oil production in October, 2011.

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