It was signed by Dr Rahma Ibrahim al Mahrooqi, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies & Research, SQU and Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager, Oxy.
H E Dr Rawiyah bint Saud al Busaidiyah, Minister of Higher Education and Chairman of SQU Council and Dr Ali bin Saud al Bimani, Vice Chancellor, SQU have been present on the occasion.
The gear that SERC plans to buy with Oxy’s contribution will be utilised in pursuit of excellence in analysis and academic endeavour in 4 principal themes: power policy and techniques, renewable power, integrated electrical power systems, and power management.
SERC’s researchers and academics will perform inside these themes to attain a diverse variety of targets, which includes creating power technologies options, power policy, sustainable improvement analysis, and education and capacity creating programmes.
As the centre seeks to contribute to sustainable improvement at national, regional and international levels by means of social equity, financial efficiency,
technologies and policy evaluation/analysis, it will help business, government, and communities across the nation.
Upon the signing of the agreement, Dr Rahma highlighted the value of SQU conducting analysis that supports the country’s improvement targets. “Oxy and SQU are working closely to ensure that Oman achieves sustainable and equitable social and economic development.”
Kelly mentioned, “Oxy is pleased to offer this support to the Sustainable Energy Research Centre through our Social Responsibility Program. Through this programme, we are keen to invest in projects that we believe can make a direct positive contribution to Oman and the lives of its people, and that also support Oxy’s core values.”
Dr Amer al Hinai, the director of SERC added, “In its relatively short existence, the centre has managed to achieve a great deal in the field, and has firmly established itself as the premier institute of research in sustainable energy in Oman.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily