Doha, October 21 (QNA) – Qatar University (QU) and ExxonMobil announced the university’s appointment to conduct a 12-month, QR 2.2 million study as part of the water reuse research program of ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ). The goal of the program is to develop technologies that will utilize industrial water in ways that are beneficial to Qatar.
With this study, QU and EMRQ will assess the potential to treat industrial waste water through phytoremediation, a process using plants to naturally clean the water. It will evaluate the effectiveness of native plant species to contain, degrade, or eliminate contaminants present in industrial waste water in an engineered wetlands system. The treated water could then be reused in non-potable applications such as park or green-space irrigation.
Three specific components of this study include setting up an appropriate system for maintaining plants in a controlled environment, irrigating the plants using industrial water from oil and gas facilities, and identifying wild or cultivated plants that are efficient in removing compounds from the water source.
The research will be conducted in four phases under the direction of QU Plant Physiologist Dr Bassam T Yasseen, with oversight from EMRQ Water Reuse Program Lead Dr Mohamad Al-Sulaiti.
QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad said: “Qatar University is proud to contribute to research that addresses Qatar’s need for increased water resources, and partnering with ExxonMobil in these efforts highlights the importance we place on the wider community’s needs in terms of water reliability and sustainability. We believe this research will contribute to the goals and objectives stated in Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016”.
“These technologies are especially important to the State of Qatar, and industries operating in Qatar, as water is a scarce and precious resource for the region,” said President of ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company Sara Ortwein. “We are excited to work with Qatar University in advancing our research program. This collaboration is a testament to the university’s research capabilities and the high standards they place on conducting quality, science-based assessments.” (QNA)