Doha, 12 November 2014: Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) and Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre (QSRTC) have a new Research & Development Agreement to intensify research efforts to find innovative solutions for the management of water, brine and salt at Pearl GTL, the world’s largest gas-to-liquid plant developed by Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell.
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between QSRTC and TAMUQ, both partners have committed to strengthening their long-standing partnership by embarking upon beneficial research in the field of water solutions. The agreement aligns perfectly with the water security ‘Grand Challenge’ of the Qatar National Research Strategy and will help pave the way for a more sustainable future for Qatar.
In accordance with the Qatar National Vision 2030, current research will seek to bolster environmental development by exploring cost-effective and eco-friendly options to upgrade the quality of by-products of Pearl GTL’s onsite effluent water treatment and recovery plant. The project will evaluate several methods to reuse brine (salt water) and produce purified marketable industrial grade salt, while minimising energy consumption and waste generation at the Pearl GTL plant.