The Shell Chair in Carbonate, which was established in 2006, is a joint venture between SQU and Shell International.

The Shell Chair in intended to support the goals of the Oil & Gas Research Center (OGRC) by leading the development of research and training programs with special emphasis on carbonate reservoir characterization and modeling. Accordingly, Shell International will provide funding for research while SQU will cover the logistical aspects.

·         Encourage joint ventures between SQU and industry

·         Conduct studies in carbonate geosciences

·         Deliver consultancies

·         Support SQU postgraduate studies


·         Build modern research facilities and labs

·         Deliver quality research, consultancies, and community service

·         Establish partnership with local, regional and international institutions

·         Support postgraduate programs