The latest session of ‘Meet the Expert’ organised by Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) focused on the effective and sustainable management of wastewater generated during oil and gas operations. QSTP is a member of Qatar Foundation.

Delivered in partnership with QSTP’s long-standing member company ConocoPhillips Global Water Sustainability Center (GWSC), the session saw industry and academic experts discuss key strategies, best practices and advanced solutions in sustainable water management in the oil and gas industry.

Produced water is naturally occurring water that emerges from the ground during oil and gas exploration. The production process of oil and gas generates additional water called processed water. These wastewater streams present a tremendous opportunity for the petroleum industry to treat and reuse water, particularly amidst global water scarcity and quality concerns.

The session showcased the work of GWSC together with entities in Qatar’s education and energy sectors to advance research, build capacity and facilitate innovation around water technologies significantly supporting water conservation and sustainability goals in Qatar.


Enhancing the eco-system in Qatar

According to GWSC Manager Dr Samer Adham, cost-effective water management is a key part of the oil and gas industry and is one of the primary focus areas at the GWSC.

Dr Adham said they have been working in collaboration with local institutes to develop a toolbox of advanced technology for suitable applications.

Our joint efforts in research, technology deployment and pilot testing, among others, are really geared towards enhancing the ecosystem in Qatar and augment national capabilities in water treatment and reuse.

Other panellists who shared insights from their projects included

  • Dr Ahmed Abdel-Wahab (Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar)
  • Farhan Khan (Lead, Environmental Regulatory Compliance, Qatar Energy – LNG)
  • Dr Mohamed Hassan (Center for Advanced Materials, Qatar University)
  • Dr Mustafa Saleh Nasser (Gas Processing Center, Qatar University)

QSTP’s Meet the Expert series convenes policymakers, experts, researchers, and academics from various sectors to encourage knowledge exchange on strategic topics covering technology, innovation, EdTech, climate change, and sustainability.

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