Published On: Wed, 29 Oct 2014

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Texas A&M University at Qatar recognized close partner, Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO), on 27 October for its donation of a cutaway gas turbine. The turbine has been designed for teaching purposes and will benefit engineering students with hands-on learning of turbine technology. The turbine is located in Texas A&M at Qatar’s research atrium and can be seen by students, employees and visitors.

“QAFCO offers tremendous support to Texas A&M at Qatar’s students and programs, and we are grateful for yet another notable contribution,” said Dr. Mark H. Weichold, Texas A&M at Qatar dean and CEO.

He continued, "QAFCO has been a longtime supporter of Texas A&M at Qatar and, like us, QAFCO recognizes the importance of hands-on learning as essential to a well-rounded education. We thank them today for the donation of the Rolls Royce Avon industrial gas turbine. This engine will give students first-hand experience with turbine technology and help them prepare for industry's needs once they graduate. QAFCO custom prepared the engine for Texas A&M at Qatar, and we are incredibly grateful for this donation of an engine not frequently seen in university environments. We appreciate this unique opportunity QAFCO is providing our students."

In addition to its on-of-a-kind turbine donation, QAFCO announced at the recognition event that it will sponsor 10 students from Texas A&M at Qatar to receive theoretical and practical training at the Turbine Services and Solutions workshop in Abu Dhabi, which is licensed by Rolls Royce to carry out complete overhauls for such engines QAFCO will also arrange to conduct an in-house training for twenty students on gas turbine technologies.

 “Today it gives me great pleasure to present the QAFCO turbine to Texas A&M at Qatar as a token of our appreciation for the relationship with the branch campus. As part of QAFCO’s commitment to Qatar National Vision 2030 and as essential part of our corporate responsibility, QAFCO continues to focus on preparing our people for the future. Our people are our greatest asset. Training and professional development of young Qatari people are one of our key concerns,” Mr. Khalifa Al-Sowaidi, QAFCO vice chairman and CEO said.

 “With this turbine we intend to give engineering students a first-hand experience of one of the most renowned and admired turbines produced by Rolls-Royce. The Rolls Royce Avon Gas turbine has become one of the most successful gas turbine engines with applications in military and civilian aircrafts, as well as in industrial applications,” he said.

 The provision of the turbine to Texas A&M at Qatar primarily aims to provide engineering students with the highest quality training to balance the theoretical principles they learn in the classroom, make them productive engineers, maintain a high standard of professionalism, and have the vision to solve problems of today and the future.

 This donation will be a continuation of QAFCO’s longterm support and efforts to open more communication channels with students at Texas A&M at Qatar, giving them a better understanding of their processes. This will help Qatar’s new generation of engineering leaders prepare for various industry roles as they take on new careers..

 The Rolls-Royce Avon gas turbine was the first axial flow jet engine produced by Rolls-Royce and is one of the most successful gas turbine engines. It is used in a wide variety of aircraft, both military and civilian, as well as an industrial version. The turbine is used principally in the oil and gas industry to drive pumps and gas compressors with a smaller number used for electrical power generation and within the process industry. It was introduced to Qatar in QAFCO 1 in 1972. QAFCO achieved a world record for continuous operation, which still stands today, operating an Avon non-stop for 476 days (11,424 hours).