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Qatar Petroleum, BP and Texas A&M to Develop LNG Safety Research Program

BP and Qatar Petroleum signed a memorandum of understanding to develop and fund a world-class Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) safety research program in Qatar in partnership with the Qatar Foundation, and Texas A&M University and its affiliates.

The program, which will extend and complement the existing BP-sponsored program run at the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, will help advance the science and technical understanding of key safety issues impacting the worldwide LNG industry. The research will be carried out at the Texas A&M University branch campus within the Qatar Foundation university campus in Doha and will encompass practical testing at Qatar Petroleum’s Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College which is currently being constructed at Ras Laffan Industrial City.

The facilities and research programs, expected to be launched in 2008, will enable fire and emergency response services and fire engineers to learn more about the behaviour of LNG fires and it will also offer students in fire engineering the opportunity to do PhD research.


Max Reid

Excellent. Qatar is a small country, but they have the 3rd largest natgas reserves in the World @ 14 %.

Also they are #1 in LNG.
Natgas is also becoming a major automotive fuel.
According to NGV group's stats, there are nearly 7.5 million natgas powered vehicles in the World. Also Pakistan & Iran have the fast growing NGV usage.

Qatar may compensate for Saudi Arabia's declining Oil supplies.

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