Muscat, EJAAD Platform signed today the first

four research agreements for the first four industrial projects awarded

through the platform. The three-year long agreements worth of RO

300,000 mark the first cooperation between the partners at EJAAD


The signing ceremony was held under the patronage of Eng.

Salim bin Nasser al-Oufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas

who pointed out that the agreements were signed between Petroleum

Development Oman (PDO) and Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) to

carry out four different researches to find solutions to the challenges

facing the company in polymer, electricity and associated water fields.

He pointed out that the program, which started at the end of

2017 and the beginning of 2018 aims at creating a platform for

understanding between oil and gas companies and the research

centers to activate and maximize the role of the research centers in the

Sultanate especially researches were usually outsourced outside the

Sultanate. He noted that researches are now carried out inside the

Sultanate to enhance the quality of equipment, human resources and

academic research.

On her part, Dr. Rahma al-Mahrouqiyah, SQU Deputy Vice

Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Scientific Research said that

the relationship between SQU and PDO is historic. She noted that

there is a joint committee through which consensus is reached on the

researches that provide solutions for oil and gas challenges.

Raoul Restucci, PDO Managing Director said that signing these

agreements cast light on the growing consistency between industry

and academia. This will bring great and sustainable benefits to the


Dr. Sulaiman al-Toobi, Director of EJAAD Platform said that the

first project is related to developing bio fuels and its uses as a clean

and sustainable source of energy. The second one is a study for

specifying the suitable distance between the high tension lines and oil

pipelines. The third project is related to the development of highly cost

effective polymer for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) use. The fourth

project is related to diagnosing the mechanical and chemical reasons

for the fracturing of some oilfield head structures.

“There are 14 research proposals at EJAAD Platform now. They focus

on oil and gas, energy efficiency and renewable energy. The

challenges are classified into short term research advice and one to

three-year long research projects,” Dr. al-Toobi added.

The signing of these agreements between EJAAD Platform,

SQU and PDO is one of the outcomes of the scientific research and

innovation protocol in energy field between the Research Council, PDO

and the Ministry of Oil and Gas in June 2017. Thirty-seven industrial,

academic and government institutions signed the protocol.

The signing of the agreement comes on the sidelines of the

meeting of the Platform members to update the CEOs, researchers

and members of the Platform of the latest developments of the

Platform and the challenges it faces. The meeting also aims at inviting

companies to interact and cooperate with the Platform to achieve its

pre-set aims.

EJAAD Platform enhances research and innovation in the field

of energy and facilitate cooperation between the three sectors with

regard to activating the scientific research activities in energy field

through organising seminars and capacity building training courses in

energy. The Platform aims at urging the industrial organisations to

utilise in-country value (ICV) in supporting research and innovation in

energy field.

Source: Oman News Agency