Qatar Environment Day 2021

Qatar Environment Day 2021
In celebration of Qatar Environment Day, celebrated on February 26 each year, QAFCO announced a Vision Board Competition for its employees and their families. The theme of the competition was “Our Environment, Our Habit, Our Home”. The winners were announced on all of QAFCO’s social media. The objective of this celebration is to emphasize the importance of the environment, its preservation and sustainability for future generations.

Qatar National Sports Day 2021

Qatar National Sports Day 2021
In celebration of Qatar National Sports Day 2021, and keeping in mind the general COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Public Health, QAFCO announced an online Fitness Competition for its employees and their families. The competition included categories such as push-up burpees, jumping jacks, squats, lunges, hula hoop and skipping. The winners were announced on Qatar National Sports Day 2021 (09 February, 2021) on all of QAFCO’s social media. Qatar celebrates National Sports Day on the second Tuesday of February every year. This event emphasizes the importance of sports and promotes awareness among members of the community about the importance of sport and its role in the lives of individuals and communities. It also aims to consolidate exercising sports as a daily healthy behavior.

Reaccreditation of QAFCO Laboratory

Reaccreditation of QAFCO Laboratory
Qafco laboratory has transitioned and obtained the reaccreditation from Dakks (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH) - Germany as per new reference standard "ISO 17025-2017 - General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories ". Accreditation is obtained for 39 methods of analysis used for characterization of final products and for control of environmental aspects (water and air emissions). The new Accreditation Certificate is valid for 5 years starting with 25.01.2021.

QAFCO donates equipment to CNAQ

QAFCO donates equipment to CNAQ

As part of a MoU signed with CNA-Q in December 2019, QAFCO donated a variety of pumps, valves and bearings to the university to assist with student learning as follows:-

 

1- Multi stage centrifugal pump

2- centrifugal pump

3- Gate valve

4- Ball valve

5- Different types of bearing

6- Non return valve

7- Control valve

8- Electrical breaker

9- Instrumentation and Control Engineering

 

The College of the North Atlantic in Qatar (CNAQ) and Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation in various fields. The MoU covers the topics of internal training, sponsorship of students of CNAQ, as well as technical training for short courses for QAFCO employees. The signing of this agreement followed from QAFCO’s visit to the CNAQ campus in fall 2019.

QAFCO Interns Win 1st Prize at 17th Annual Plant Design Competition

QAFCO Interns Win 1st Prize at 17th Annual Plant Design Competition

 

Qatar University recently conducted the 17th Annual Plant Design Competition for the Department of Chemical Engineering. As part of QAFCO’s ongoing support to the Education sector, a group of students from Qatar University were hosted to prepare their Chemical Engineering Design Project throughout the academic years 2019 and 2020.

 

The students who attended Summer Internship Program at QAFCO during 2019, chose QAFCO “Formaldehyde Plant” as their "Design Project", and were awarded the 1st position in the Design Competition 2020. A total of 15 groups participated in the competition.

 

QAFCO contributed the following to assist in the completion of the Project Design :

1. Process presentation given at Qatar University.

2. Provided site visit to view the actual shape and size of the equipment.

3. Technical support and contribution towards designing of the process and equipment.

4. Mass and energy balance and the heat integrity of the entire process.

 

Qatar University appreciated QAFCO for the continued guidance and support to the senior students during the whole course of the Design Project.

 

QAFCO and Qatar University partner to launch QRDG

QAFCO and Qatar University partner to launch QRDG
In cooperation with Qatar University, QAFCO has initiated the “QAFCO Research and Development Grant” (QRDG). The grant is targeting faculty and students from different fields of research at Qatar University and supports Qatar University Research Strategy providing a supportive research environment. Moreover, QRDG grant supports QAFCO strategy in creating knowledge and contributing to enable Qatar becoming self-sufficient and building a knowledge-based economy to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030. The grant targets individuals from different fields of research at QU, including students, faculty members and staff. QAFCO grant will be dedicated to research proposals that provide solutions to research areas in process enhancement, environmental studies, climate change adaptation and soil health management. Commenting on this cooperation, Prof. Mariam Al Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at QU, said: “This cooperation with QAFCO plays an important role in research experience at QU which focuses on Qatar’s research priorities. This grant an evidence of high-standard research, qualifications, equipment and QU’s contributions in the support development of research in Qatar.” Dr. Mohammed Al Salem, Director of Research Support (Grants & Contracts) at QU, said “QAFCO initiating this grant proves that QAFCO is focusing on contributing the support and development of different research priorities in country, which will eventually result in significant contributions to Qatar National Vision 2030”. Hassan Al-Mohammadi, QAFCO Chief Admin Officer, expressed, “This research partnership aims to support Qatar’s National Vision of 2030 as we believe that securing sustainable economic and social growth is not possible without a well-rounded view that prioritizes preservation of the environment. By doing so we will be able to secure the future for the next generation in Qatar. Supporting Qatar University Research Center is the first step to achieve effective results that will allow us to reach our future aspirations.” The application for QAFCO QRDG grants follows two phases. The first one is a six-month phase related to extended abstracts and the design of proof-of-concepts, then for those who will be selected by the joint jury, a one-year phase focusing on the implementation of the project itself.

Qatar University and QAFCO sign MoU

Qatar University and QAFCO sign MoU

Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) and Qatar University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between them in various fields, including sponsoring agricultural research to support and develop the agricultural sector in Qatar and enhancing the knowledge of Qatari stakeholders  in the agricultural sector in addition to cooperation in the field of scientific research.

The memorandum was signed by His Excellency Dr. Hassan bin Rashid Al-Derham, President of Qatar University, and Mr. Abdulrahman M. Al-Suwaidi, Managing Director and CEO of QAFCO.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Dr. Mariam Al-Maadeed, Vice President of the University for Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Khaled bin Nasser Al-Khater, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Dr. Hassan Al-Sayed, Director of the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute at Qatar University in addition to a number of officials from Qatar University and QAFCO.

Commenting on the MoU, Dr. Hassan bin Rashid Al-Derham, President of the University, said: “The cooperation between Qatar University and QAFCO is not new”. He commended the reputation of QAFCO at the local and international levels, stressing that it has attracted many of Qatar University graduates and students. He also commended its MD&CEO, Mr. Abdulrahman M. Al-Suwaidi stressing that he is a strong supporter of the university and its various activities. Dr. Al-Derham spoke about the role of the recently established Qatar Research, Development and Innovation Council that included in its strategy to encourage and strengthen this type of initiative to enhance the role of scientific research and its development, and to coordinate with petrochemical companies in areas that benefit society, which also reflects directly its development.

In this context, Dr. Al-Derham stressed that food security has become a priority after the blockade, and the university wants to progress the role of its farm and develop it into a model farm that benefits researchers and society with a focus on new technologies in the field of agriculture so that expertise and technology are combined.

Mr. Al-Suwaidi, said: “QAFCO is proud to partner with the local educational sector as part of its support towards Qatar’s vision of a knowledge-based economy. By signing the cooperation with Qatar University, QAFCO hopes to facilitate the development of a world-class educational system in Qatar, in alignment with the human development pillars of QNV 2030.”

Dr. Maryam Al-Maadeed spoke and praised QAFCO’s cooperation with the university and its rapid response to the university's request to support the field of scientific research.

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