Marking the first of its kind in the academic sector, Sohar University hosted Davison Circulating Riser ceremony and Grace Laboratories Expansion on Sep 8, 2022 at the university premises.
Co-organised by GRACE & amp; OQ company, the second phase of the project was inaugurated through the establishment of a modern research and development laboratory, with a total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of about $ 9.5 million ensuring both quality and job opportunities for Omani youth while adding In-country Value (ICV).
The Grace Lab at the Sohar University is the first of its kind in the Middle East and the third in the world and was established with an investment of $3.5 million. The GRACE laboratories employ a number of experienced Omani staff for its day-to-day operations.
Speaking to the Observer, Dr Hamdan Al-Fazari, the Vice Chancellor of Sohar University said the project is a major initiative in the history of universities in the country and this marks a great milestone as it ensures enhancing students’ industrial experience, raising the impact of research and development, and helping the University to build global presence. In addition, the project will create more job opportunities for Omani citizens and it will help to improve the ICV.
"We are proud to be hosting this event as we are the first to provide such an advanced experience to our students in the region. Additionally, all those who are operating this Grace Technology are Omanis, who have been specially trained to carry out the tasks," the VC said.
Davison Circulating Riser (DCR) System is a lab-scale recirculating riser reactor system coupled with an upstream custom pyrolyzer that evaluates the conversion of biomass-and waste-derived vapors and liquids into fuels and chemicals. It is a lab-scale recirculating riser reactor system coupled with an upstream custom pyrolyzer that evaluates the conversion of biomassand waste-derived vapours and liquids into fuels and chemicals.
Researchers evaluate catalytic fast pyrolysis and refinery co-processing with petroleum feedstocks using fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) - type catalytic materials for a range of renewable and waste feedstocks. Clean pyrolysis vapors are achieved via hot gas filtration, and hot vapour analysis is available at multiple sampling points in the system.
The ceremony was held at the University campus. It was held in the presence of Mr Jamal Al Ojaili, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, the university administration and staff besides a team from GRACE and OQ Company.
The ceremony began with a welcome speech by Dr Al Fazari, Vice-Chancellor of Sohar University in which he explained how important the cooperation between GRACE & amp; OQ had been to the University over the last six years.