Thursday, 25 Feb 2021
Four research agreements to boost R&D collaboration between industry and academia in Oman were signed last week.

Four pacts signed to increase ties among market and academia

The agreements worth a lot more than RO300,000 have been signed at a particular ceremony at the Grand Millennium Muscat beneath the patronage of H E Eng Salim bin Nasser al Aufi, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Oil and Gas.

The analysis agreements have been signed among the Ejaad platform, Sultan Qaboos University, and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).

The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of an Ejaad Leadership Breakfast occasion, which aimed at maintaining the CEOs, researchers and platform members informed of the newest progress accomplished by the Ejaad Platform and the challenges it faces. It referred to as for additional collaboration and interaction from the private sector in order to attain the objectives for which the platform has been established.

Addressing the gathering, H E Eng Aufi stated, “We are delighted these days to encounter the initial output of the market-academia collaboration via Ejaad platform.

“We are looking forward for more work towards finding research projects that cope with the developments of the coming period in the field of energy.”

Thirty-seven institutions from market, academia and government have so far signed the Oman Energy R&ampD Protocol, which was initially signed among the Ministry of Oil and Gas, The Research Council and PDO on June five, 2017, to collaborate and help analysis and innovation, and establish an effective R&ampD partnership. Ejaad is the automobile to materialise the protocol to reality.

According to Dr Suleiman al Toobi, director, Ejaad Platform, the initial of the 4 signed projects will address the generation of bio-fuels as a clean, sustainable and industrial power resource, although the second project will deal with the failure evaluation of nicely tubing hanger.

The third project will address parallel clearance among Overhead Power Lines (OHLs) and pipelines, although the fourth project aims to create a polymer for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).

Speaking about the objectives of Ejaad, Dr Toobi stated, “The platform aims to hyperlink academic analysis to industrial requirements, targeting the sectors of oil and gas, water, renewable power and power efficiency.

“One of Ejaad’s objectives is to maximise the in-country value (ICV) by routing business R&D requests to local researchers and academic institutions through technology transfer, and the dissemination and commercialisation of research findings.”

Currently, there are 14 industrial analysis challenges posted in the targeted places for interested researchers to respond to. The posted challenges are brief-term analysis consultancies and analysis projects that are executable in a 1 to 3 year period.

PDO managing director Raoul Restucci stated, “The signing of these four projects represents the first real and tangible output from the platform, and a reaffirmation of how greater alignment between industry and academia can bring significant and lasting benefits for the sultanate.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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