Sustainable use of water has been identified as one of the key challenges for Qatar as a nation. In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Qatar Shell Research & Technology Centre (QSRTC) is carrying out studies on the Ministry’s farm to better understand the potential for recycling and re-using water produced in Qatar’s various industrial processes to sustain plant growth. The programme has been ongoing for several years and is investigating the growth of turf and trees for use in creating green spaces.
QSRTC is also working on a pilot programme to evaluate whether constructed wetlands can remove various chemicals from water generated as a by-product from oil and gas production at our Pearl GTL operations. Tests have shown the technology is feasible and we are now testing other waste-water streams for treatment.
Other R&D initiatives support our work on sustainable water use and reuse, including various pilot and bench scale units at the QSRTC testing facility. It is staffed by leading water research scientists and a Professorial Chair for Sustainable Development at Qatar University, funded by Qatar Shell.