Qatargas Sponsors Best Assembly Award at 18th Annual Plant Design Competition

Qatargas and Qatar University officials with the winners of the 18th Factory Design Competition during the award ceremony.

Doha: Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas) sponsored and presented Best Overall Awards for the first, second and third place winning teams in the 18th Annual Plant Design Competition, organized by the Chemical Engineering Department of the Qatar University.

With a rich heritage dating back to 2004, this annual competition aims to provide opportunities for students to gain world-class engineering experience.

The 18th Chemical Engineering Plant Design Competition was held on May 18, 2022 at Qatar University, College of Education. Twelve women’s teams and three men’s teams participated in this year’s senior design projects.

The competition was of an exceptionally high standard and the top three teams were selected by the judges unanimously from among the competing teams.

Mubarak Al-Hajri, Head of Process Engineering Onshore South, represented Qatargas as lead judge. Ahmed Salem, process engineer from Qatar Chemical Company (QChem), and Abdulla Hussein Al-Ishaq, process engineer from Qatar Fertilizer Company (QAFCO) were part of the esteemed jury.

The first place winning team created a project called “Designing of Methanol Plant – Methanol Production Pioneers Company (MPPC)”. The team included Lujain Aljohi, Sali Hamze, Nora Mohamed and Sara Raeesi and was supervised by Dr. Donghyun Kim. The project involved the concept, design and construction of a methanol production company. The students also developed detailed plans for operating the business.

The second place winners presented the concept and design of an ethylene plant that complies with Qatar regulations, based on the principles of chemical engineering and the expertise acquired during years of study. The team included Naba Ali, Sara Al-Kuwari and Samah Abdulla, supervised by Professor Fadwa Eljack.

The third-place winning project involved the design of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) processing plant, in which natural gas was to be converted to produce approximately 140,000 barrels per day of high-demand liquid hydrocarbons, such as than gasoline and diesel. The final design of the GTL plant includes three main stages: an initial reforming reaction, followed by a Fischer-Tropsch reaction stage, and the final hydrocracking and separation stage. The team consists of Anas Ahmed, Mhd Kher Al Alami and Ali Ibrahim, supervised by Dr Mohammed AlMarri.

The judging criteria for the competition included technical content; calculations and analysis; Quality of presentation, visual aids, oral communication skills and teamwork.

Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Thani, Chief Engineering & Projects Officer, Qatargas, and Dr. Rashid Sultan Al Kuwari, Asset & Surveillance Engineering Manager, distributed prizes to the winning teams during a special ceremony held at the head office from Qatargas to Doha. Dr. Majeda Khraisheh, Dr. Fadwa ElJack, Dr. Mohammed Al-Marri and Dr. Donghyun Kim of Chemical Engineering from Qatar University were recognized at the event.

Commenting on the competition, Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Thani, Chief Engineering & Projects Officer, Qatargas, said: “This award encourages students to think practically and take on real challenges in their chosen career path, by deepening their knowledge and skills as students and future engineers. . Supporting and encouraging education is a key part of Qatargas’ corporate social responsibility initiative. We believe that partnerships between academic institutions and industry help students develop as professionals who can make outstanding contributions to industry and serve the best interests of the country.

Professor Majeda Khraisheh, Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Qatar University, expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Qatargas and its leadership on behalf of Qatar University College of Engineering. She said: “We are grateful to Qatargas and its management for the continued support offered over the past 18 years. This plant design competition has been the department’s flagship event that senior chemical engineering students strive to attend each year. Seniors work on their factory design project for a full year, where they envision the design of an industrial manufacturing plant to international standards, taking into account market demand, environmental, societal and economic impacts. And it’s the industry engagement in our senior design projects that gives students the opportunity to connect with professionals in their field, while enabling them to better understand technical and operational challenges.

Leon E. Hill