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02 March 2017

A delegation from the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) took part in an expert’s workshop on the safe extraction, use and storage of carbon dioxide, organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in co-operation with the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA).

Company Chairman H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Sharyan led the delegation under the patronage of Oil Minister H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

GPIC President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery was among a large number of heads of industrial companies, specialists and those interested in the field that attended.

The workshop was part of the ESCWA’s Strategic Action Programme that aims to strengthen the ability of member states to achieve energy-related sustainable development goals in their national development plans. It also aimed to explore challenges and opportunities for the deployment, the extraction, use and storage of carbon dioxide on a large scale, while looking at its side effects in the context of international and regional environmental laws as well as shedding light on the issue of interconnection between water and energy.

GPIC Methanol Superintendent Jamal Al Shawoosh presented a working paper at the event, in which he spoke about the Company's experience in creating a carbon dioxide recovery plant for harnessing the gas, its benefit to the environment and how it contributes to increasing production.

In a statement, the Oil Minister praised GPIC's participation and the working paper and said it confirmed the Company’s role in the construction and operation of the first plant of its kind in the Middle East. He said it confirmed Bahrain’s leading role in the implementation of environment-friendly industrial projects to reduce emissions from factories and take advantage of them in the industry.

Dr. Al Sharyan said the GPIC continues its efforts to spread the word about its experience for all other companies and praised the co-operation between the ESCWA and NOGA.

He said the workshop was a good and timely opportunity to discuss challenges posed by climate change as a global environmental issue and stressed the need to redouble efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

The Chairman praised GPIC for having set up the state-of-the-art plant, which has proved successful not only in reducing the spread of carbon dioxide but also in increasing production.

In a statement, Dr. Jawahery said the workshop comes at a time when there is a surge in greenhouse gas emissions, which coincide with an increased global demand for energy. He said this required companies to look for new and innovative ways to improve energy efficiency and the use of mechanisms and storage procedures.