College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q) hosted the ninth general Forum meeting for Materials Technology, sponsored for the first time by Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. (Oxy Qatar).
The meeting brought together 50 experts from the local and international oil and gas companies, academic institutions in Qatar, Danish Institute of Technology, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, and Qatar National Research Fund to discuss corrosion and failure case studies. Throughout the meeting, they examined issues related to corrosion and materials, as well as identifying possible research studies to resolve these problems.
The Forum is working diligently to ensure the standardization of engineering and infrastructure materials selection in the region, which derives from high-quality field research and case studies. The Forum resulted in working towards the development of local standards for materials selection in Qatar and the Middle East due to an absence of material standards in the region, as most of the current international standards were developed based on research from the North Sea.
Oxy Qatar's Vice President of Operations, Mr. Kirby Lindsey stated in the opening address, "Oxy Qatar is delighted to be a proud sponsor and participant in this event. Forums such as these provide key arenas for us all to share best practices, the latest research and newest technologies. It allows the industry to continue pushing boundaries and extending the useful life of our assets, which in turn, leads to lower operating costs and more efficient operations.”
Ms. Hanan Farhat, the Forum Chairman and an instructor at CNA-Q's School of Engineering Technology established the Forum for Materials Technology in 2015 along with engineers from the national and international oil and gas companies, and academic institutions in Qatar. The decision came with an understanding that there is a lack of corrosion and materials engineering knowledge and experience sharing in Qatar's energy sector.
"Qatar is unique for its environmental factors such as high temperature, humidity, sand, wind, salt water, and direct sunlight that corrodes and damages industry infrastructure. Coming together is an opportunity for the engineering industry and educational professionals to build capacity and create national standards that will work for Qatar," said Ms. Farhat. "We proudly support Qatar as the first nation in the Middle East to develop national standards based on the field experience and studies.”
CNA-Q's VP – Academic, Ms. Samah Gamar said, "As the State's premier college for technical education and applied research, CNA-Q has a long history and wealth of experience in working closely with the industry partners to resolve corrosion issues ensuring better asset integrity. Actively engaging and contributing to the development of such engineering standards is a natural fit for the College in supporting Qatar's industries through education, analysis, research and problem solving."