The signing ceremony took place at The Ministry of Municipality and Environment and was attended by HE Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al -Thani, Assistant Undersecretary of Agricultural Affairs, Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Dr. Ann L. Kenimer, the Interim Dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, and Mr. Michiel Kool, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies.
Biosolids are the byproduct of a biological water treatment process at Pearl GTL whereby living micro-organisms, rather than chemicals, treat the industrial water produced in the gas-to-liquids conversion process. Global uses of biosolids include application as a soil enhancer to improve and maintain productive soils, stimulate plant growth and increase water retention. They are also used as a soil enhancer in gardens and parks.
The agreements will focus on carrying out research to study the feasibility of using Pearl GTL biosolids as soil enhancer for growing fodder crops, and then evaluate their environmental impact and benefits in terms of improving the soil composition in Qatar.
HE Sheikh Dr. Faleh bin Nasser Al -Thani, Assistant Undersecretary of Agricultural Affairs, Livestock and Fisheries, Ministry of Municipality and Environment said: “At the Ministry we aim for inclusive and sustainable growth for future generations in Qatar. That is why we are delighted to collaborate with QSRTC and Texas A&M at Qatar to explore the suitability of use of Pearl GTL biosolids in agriculture to improve soil properties in Qatar.”
Dr. Ann L. Kenimer of Texas A&M at Qatar said: “This research collaboration with QSRTC and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment aims to identify sustainable and economically beneficial solutions for industrial by-products. This project aligns with Texas A&M University at Qatar’s research priorities and supports Qatar’s quest to become a knowledge-based economy in which research plays a vital role in resolving emerging issues and furthering development.”
Michiel Kool, Managing Director and Chairman of Qatar Shell Companies said: “We are extremely proud to once again collaborate with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and Texas A&M at Qatar. This agreement builds on our existing 10 yearlong R&D collaboration agreement with the Department of Agriculture which includes the Rawdat Al Faras research farm.
At QSRTC we will continue to cooperate with academia, government, non-profit organisations and private sector partners to provide research and innovative solutions that will help mitigate and resolve energy challenges faced by Qatar, in turn delivering sustainable impact in support of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
As the anchor tenant of Qatar Science and Technology Park, QSRTC continues to play a vital role in shaping the future of R&D in Qatar, through ground-breaking research and thought-leadership into energy and environmental challenges faced by Qatar. Its programme of dynamic collaborations with both the local and international academic community ensures QSRTC meets its mandate to add value to Pearl GTL and the State of Qatar, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.