Qatar University and Maersk Oil in research project pact

December 07, 2013 - 12:07:21 pm

DOHA: Qatar University (QU) and Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ) signed an agreement for at new research project to find out better solutions for the treatment of water produced during oil and gas extraction in Qatar.

This latest agreement further strengthens the two signatories’ long-standing partnership and commitment to greater collaboration on technology, innovation, research and development, the QU said.

QU College of Engineering (CENG) Dean Dr Rashid Al Ammari and Head of Maersk Oil’s Research and Technology Centre (MORTC), Abdulrahman Al Emadi signed the agreement in the presence of QU President Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, QU VP for Research Dr Hassan Al Derham, CENG faculty members and senior MOQ staff.

The agreement terms say Maersk Oil will sponsor and support a two-year research project titled ‘Advanced Produced Water Treatment for Reinjection’ to be conducted at QU’s College of Engineering (CENG).

This includes the establishment of a unique wastewater treatment test facility based at QU and will serve to advance the organisation’s stated objective to be a leading institution of research excellence in this area, the QU said.

It will support the marine-environment work conducted by MOQ at its research centre in Qatar, and the environmental pillar of its social investment programme. 

Ultimately, the project aims to quantify the performance of advanced water polishing technologies, and membrane technologies in particular, to identify alternative and or improved ways of treating water that is produced during oil and gas extraction. 

Commenting on the agreement Dr Al Ammari said, "The College of Engineering is proud to be a part of this important collaboration that further enhances our strategic partnership with Maersk Oil. 

"The challenge of waste water treatment for reinjection is a critical one for Qatar as it is a key concern in the environmental management of wastewater generated from the petroleum industry.

"A project of this nature will yield considerable benefits to the Qatari community, as well as advance the efforts of the two parties to find long-term solutions in line with the objectives of QNV 2030 and the national research and development strategies."

He said the project is in line with the recent announcement by HH Sheikha Moza that water security, energy security, and cyber security are three priority challenges the country is facing.

Al Emadi said, "Maersk Oil is very proud to be expanding its long-standing partnership with Qatar University through our Action for Qatar social investment programme. 

"This new research project is another successful example of our co-operation with industry and academia in Qatar as we continue to develop technology and solutions for the long-term sustainable development of Qatar’s natural resources."

QU Maersk Oil Chair of Environmental Engineering Professor Simon Judd, an internationally-recognised membrane technology expert, and a CENG faculty member, will oversee and co-supervise the project, the QU said. (QNA)

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