In Qatar, Sasol is a 49% shareholder with Qatar Petroleum in ORYX GTL, the world’s first commercial-scale gas-to-liquids plant. Employing some 600 people, ORYX GTL uses Sasol proprietary GTL technology to convert natural gas into liquid fuel and chemical products. The facility at Ras Laffan is able to produce 34,000 barrels of liquids per day (GTL diesel, naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas).
Supporting Qatar’s budding entrepreneurs
Since 2013 Sasol has sponsored the annual Al Fikra National Business Plan Competition organised by the Qatar Development Bank (QDB). The competition seeks to support Qatari entrepreneurs by nurturing their innovative ideas, in so doing diversifying Qatar’s economy. The competition has grown each year with almost 400 applications being received for the 2018 event. Competition winners receive incubation and expert mentoring to the point that they are able to bring their products or services to market.
Tackling the challenges of diabetes
To combat Type 1 diabetes in Qatar, Sasol partnered with the Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) to launch two diabetes plush toys named Salem and Sarah. Some 1,000 Salem and Sarah toys have been distributed to children newly diagnosed with the disease.
Sasol also sponsored the creation of an edutainment board game, The Health Park, which raises awareness and understanding of diabetes, while inaugurating a diabetes education room at the QDA’s premises. http://www.definitelyable.com/status/other-sasol-qatar-csr/
A small peninsula on the Arabian Gulf, Qatar’s remarkable biodiversity is relatively unknown by locals, expatriates and visitors.
Sasol partnered with the Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) to produce a state-of-the-art, interactive and multimedia mobile phone app and website, Qatar e-Nature, to create awareness and appreciation of the richness of Qatar’s natural environment.
To date the award-winning Qatar e-Nature app (available free on the Android, iOS and Windows platforms) has reached over 66,000 people.
Since 2014 Sasol, in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, has organised the Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest to encourage students to discover Qatar’s environmental diversity. More than 100 government and private primary schools from across Qatar participated in the 2018 contest which tested students’ knowledge of plants, mammals, insects, reptiles, birds and marine life based on information available on the Qatar e-Nature app and website. The contest ended with an awards ceremony which extensive coverage by the local media. www.enature.qa