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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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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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 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.

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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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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). 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.

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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 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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.)

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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

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Chiyoda, Technip and Qatargas 2 Inaugurate World’s Largest LNG Trains

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Chiyoda and Technip, in joint venture, joined Qatargas 2 in inaugurating the Qatargas 2 Project, in Ras Laffan, Qatar. Innovative LNG Liquefaction Technology Implemented in Qatar (Air Products , January 2009).

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Boeing Launches 777X fuel-efficient long-haul twin-engine jet program

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Representing the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history by dollar value, 777X orders and commitments include Lufthansa with 34 airplanes; Etihad Airways with 25; Qatar Airways with 50 and Emirates with 150 airplanes.

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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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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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Eni and Anadarko to coordinate development of gas reservoirs offshore Mozambique, jointly to develop major onshore LNG facility

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As a comparison, Qatar, the world’s largest LNG producer, has an annual capacity of some 79 million tonnes, with 42 million tonnes from Qatargas and 37 million tonnes from Rasgas.

JGC awarded EPC contract for CoolGen coal IGCC demonstration plant in Japan

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These projects include JGC’s contribution to the construction of the world’s largest Gas to Liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar, as well as construction of residual oil integrated gasification combined cycle power generation plant at the Negishi Refinery in Yokohama, owned by JX Nippon Oil & Energy.

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Ras Laffan Port loads more than 1,000 LNG tankers in 2011

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Both Qatargas and RasGas are major Qatar Petroleum joint venture companies. Gulf Times. Ras Laffan Port loaded the 1,000 th Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanker of 2011 on 28 December. The Europe-bound tanker Simaisma was loaded simultaneously with the 999 th , 1,001 th and 1,002 tankers.The combined onboard load of all the four tankers was over half million cubic metres of LNG. In June 2011, the port celebrated the 5,000 th LNG loading since the start of operations in 1996.

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Total to acquire Engie’s upstream LNG business, becoming 2nd largest global LNG player

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A portfolio of long-term LNG purchase and sale contracts, enabling the Group in increase its overall portfolio to 28 MTPA by 2020, with a diversified supply from Algeria, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Qatar and the USA, and outlets balanced between Europe and Asia. Total signed an agreement with Engie to acquire its portfolio of upstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets for an overall enterprise value of $1.49 billion.

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