QSTP will attract top talent, says technocrat
Doha , March 4, 2009
Opportunities at Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) will attract some of the best minds in the world, according to a technology executive.
Stephen Brand, senior vice president technology for ConocoPhillips, which is one of 21 organisations with research and development centres at QSTP, says people will be attracted by the tremendous opportunities that will exist in QSTP.
“QSTP will bring together a significant amount of talent. It’s going to attract some of the best people who will put that talent and expertise to work alongside various companies, agencies and academia,” said Brand.
ConocoPhillips is an integrated petroleum company with interests around the world. The global water sustainability centre (GWSC) it has established within QSTP is a collaboration between ConocoPhillips and GE Water & Process Technologies.
The centre will examine ways of treating and recycling produced water from oil production and utilised in refining operations, as well as other topics relating to industrial and municipal water sustainability.
The GWSC vision is to become a center of excellence for key water related technologies in the petroleum and water industries.
“The GWSC will also contain a visitor centre which will enhance awareness of water conservation in the State of Qatar,” added Brand.
“We plan to focus solely on water technology and really drill down to capture the opportunities that are critical to minimizing the impact of water usage in the world.”
Approximately 75 per cent of the projects will focus on global water issues related to the petroleum and petrochemical sector, and 25 per cent will focus on local water conservation and municipal issues for Qatar.
Brand said QSTP will help develop new technologies that can make a difference to the future generations.
“At QSTP, we’ll be building innovation capability together with other companies, government entities, as well as academia,” he said.
“What’s really important is the relationship of QSTP to the Education City that is next door. The nucleus of the collaboration that is developed there will be critical in the success that we’ll have going forward.” – TradeArabia News Service