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Texas A&M at Qatar organizes hydrogen safety course for industry partners

Published Mar 06, 2024

Twenty-four representatives from key stakeholders in the energy and manufacturing sector of Qatar recently completed a Hydrogen Safety in the Energy Transition course organized by Texas A&M University at Qatar. The course is part Texas A&M at Qatar’s Continuing and Professional Education program organized by the Office of Advancement and Industry Engagement.

Chemical engineering faculty offered the course under the Chemical Engineering Program’s Strategic Impact Initiative that focuses on supporting Qatar's hydrocarbon industry transition.

Representatives from QatarEnergy LNG, QatarEnergy, Dolphin Energy, Qatar Steel, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, ConocoPhillips and Texas A&M at Qatar attended the one-day course, which was developed and delivered by the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M at Qatar in partnership with AcuTech Consulting Group.

“As we navigate through the dynamic landscape of energy transition, understanding the safety aspects of emerging technologies that produce and utilize Hydrogen is paramount,” said Dr. Luc Vechot, associate professor in the chemical engineering program and managing director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center in Qatar. “Our comprehensive course delved into the unique properties of hydrogen and the fundamentals of several hazardous phenomena associated with it; best practices; lessons learned from incidents; knowledge gaps; and the future of the hydrogen industry and applications in the Middle East.”

Vechot continued, “The workshop equipped participants with invaluable insights to contribute towards a safe and sustainable energy transition in Qatar. Thank you to all our partners and participants for making this endeavor a resounding success.”

This course is part of the university’s commitment to industry partners towards knowledge dissemination and fostering innovation in the realm of energy transition in Qatar, with more such courses to be offered soon.