King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) and Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum (JCCP) Signed a New Research Contract

News Date : 14/09/2011


Dhahran (September 14, 2011) - King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) and Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum (JCCP) signed a joint contract today to conduct a collaborative research for the development of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts for high-olefins production. Dr. Mohammad Al-Homoud, KFUPM Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, and Mr. Morihiro Yoshida, JCCP Managing Director (MD) signed the contract in the presence of Mr. Yasunori Morino, Minister, Embassy of Japan in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Japanese collaborators i.e. JX Nippon Research Institute, Ltd. (JX NRI) and JGC Catalysts and Chemicals ( JGC C&C). 




Dr. Al-Homoud, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at KFUPM said, “We are honored to sign yet another research contract with JCCP that will strengthen our research ties with Japan and enhance our mission in creating a research capability at KFUPM. I’m sure that results of this project will be beneficial to the petroleum refining industry in Saudi Arabia and Japan.”
Dr. Sulaiman Al Khattaf, Director of Center for Refining & Petrochemicals at KFUPM, said that this three-year project will include exchange of knowledge and technical expertise between the University and JCCP in the development of catalytic processes for olefins production. The outcome of this research work was published in specialized scientific journals.


Mr. Morihiro Yoshida, Managing Director at JCCP expressed sincere gratitude to the warm heart and sympathy extended from people of Saudi Arabia, which encouraged Japan strongly, to overcome the difficulties caused by the large-scale earthquake and tsunami on March 11 this year. He also said that this project will contribute to production increase of olefin.


The KFUPM/JCCP collaboration calls for JCCP support to exchange of technical know-how between KFUPM and JX Nippon Reseach Institute,Ltd.(JX NRI) / JX Nippon Oil & Energy (JX NOE) / JGC C&C  in FCC research. The collaboration will enable KFUPM researchers and faculty members to collaborate with JX NRI / JX NOE / JGC C&C researchers in solving issues related to FCC basic and applied research. The expected output from the joint research program includes the following:
·         Infrastructure and evaluation expertise in development of improved high-olefins FCC Catalysts
·         Close technical collaboration between KFUPM and JX NRI / JX NOE / JGC C&C within FCC catalyst development and evaluation
·         Business potential to serve refining industry in selecting and developing better catalysts to improve their yield and quality of products by using Vacuum Gas Oil feed and Naphtha feed.


The Center for Refining and Petrochemicals (CRP) at KFUPM Research Institute has accumulated more than 18 years of technical collaboration with JCCP mainly in petroleum refining projects. The general objective of the collaboration with JCCP is to enhance KFUPM capability for providing technical support to Saudi refineries in the areas of catalyst and process development.


King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) was established on September 23, 1963. The University enrollment has grown to more than 10,000 students. The University adopts advanced training in science, engineering, and management as one of its goals to promote leadership and service in the Kingdom's industries mainly petroleum and chemical based industries. The University also furthers knowledge through research in these fields.
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About JCCP

Japan Cooperation Center, Petroleum (JCCP) was founded in November 1981 to promote technical cooperation and personnel exchanges with the oil-producing countries in the downstream sectors of the oil industry. JCCP continues its commitment to promoting friendship and cooperation with the oil-producing counties with the help of the private companies concerned and under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Its mission is to contribute to the stability of oil supplies to Japan as well as the economic development of both Japan and the oil-producing countries.
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