Water lab to give technical support to QP, Shell
The Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada inaugurating the new research and development water laboratory during Shell’s premier technology event, ‘Innovation Open House’, at Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC), yesterday. Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell, and other senior officials of the centre are also seen.
BY MOHAMMAD SHOEB
DOHA: The Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada inaugurated yesterday a new research and development water laboratory during Shell’s premier technology event, ‘Innovation Open House’, held at Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) located at QSTP.
The laboratory will help increase the efficiency of water treatment and reuse in the natural water scarce Gulf state.
The exhibition showcased innovative deployment of cutting-edge technologies that provide solutions to the world’s energy needs. The event featured several innovative technologies and key members from the energy industry, academia and the R&D community, including Faisal Al Suwaidi, President of R&D at Qatar Foundation (QF), and Wael Sawan, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell.
The Water laboratory will provide technical support to Shell and Qatar Petroleum (QP), especially to the Pearl GTL plant to continuously improve the efficiency, robustness, reliability and potentially reduce the footprint of water treatment within the plant. In addition, it will contribute to human capacity development of young Qatari nationals through internships and technical training.
“This important landmark will help reduce the water foot-print, and will further enhance QP and Shell’s technical understanding of how to improve the efficiency of water treating technologies,” said Dr Al Sada,
He added: “Today, the entire Middle East region is tackling one of the greatest emerging R&D challenges: That of efficient use and reuse of water.”
“New approaches and advanced technologies are necessary to help us reduce the amount of water we need in industrial operations, and to find innovative ways to re-use and recycle water from industrial processes,” he added.
The event also included the second ‘Qatar Shell Dialogues’, featuring interactive discussions and live polling among key members of the energy industry on how to foster open collaborations to accelerate new innovations. The third dialogue will take place in January at the International Petroleum Technology Conference in Doha.
Wael, said: “Qatar plays a central role in Shell’s overall group technology strategy through our world-class R&D programme based at QSRTC. I am therefore extremely proud that we are holding the Innovation Open House in collaboration with our valued partners Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Foundation.” The water-food-energy nexus is more front-of-mind in both the industrial and the R&D communities than ever before. There is much research to be done to improve the efficiency of water treatment technologies; and that is why we are proud to open the Water laboratory here at QSRTC.” Alsuwaidi added: “We all share a joint commitment to supporting research in Energy and Environment, a key theme in Qatar’s National Research Strategy, which QF is pioneering.”
The first day of the event on Wednesday witnessed a media roundtable with industry experts and senior officials of Shell and QSTRC, including Youssif A Saleh, General Manager of QSTRC and John MacArthur, Vice President Gas Tehchnology, Shell.
“Our goal is to broaden Qatar’s research capacity, and we at QSRTC are committed to helping young talents discover the many rewarding career possibilities in a field critical to the country’s goal to become a knowledge-based economy,” said A Saleh.
The two-day event, the first of its kind in the region, concluded yesterday.