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Rolls Royce to open facility in Qatar

Engine manufacturer, Rolls Royce, has signed a deal with QSTP to set up a testing and maintenance facility at the science park.

Rolls Royce has signed a deal with Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) to set up a new testing and maintenance facility at the park, in order to support the development of new applications for Rolls Royce’s Trent gas turbine engines.

The facility will be used to support new marine and aeronautical applications and will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will consist of the design of support infrastructure for the facility, with the second, targeted for 2006, seeing the full implementation and operation of the facility. Work on the first phase of the facility will begin in August this year.

“We are delighted that Rolls-Royce will be developing its test and maintenance centre in the Qatar Science & Technology Park. There is a tremendous market for new industrial technologies in Qatar, and Rolls-Royce is showing that these technologies can now be developed locally,” said HE Dr Abdullah Al Kubaisi, chairman, QSTP.

Rolls-Royce, which operates in four global markets already has a considerable presence in Qatar, with an agreement in place to power Qatar Airways’ A340 fleet of aircraft, and another to supply industrial Trent engines for the Dolphin Project which will pipe natural gas from Qatar to the United Arab Emirates.

“Our investment in Qatar will not only allow us to be closer to our customers but it will also allow us to develop and test new capabilities which we can then bring to the market. Through our initiatives, we also want to be able to share our best practices in developing the Qatari industrial sector,” said Terry Holland, regional executive Middle East, Rolls Royce.

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