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Dr. Abdel-Wahab highlights effective and sustainable management of wastewater during QSTP event

Published Oct 29, 2023

Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab, interim chair of the Chemical Engineering Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar, spoke about the effective and sustainable management of wastewater generated during oil and gas operations at the most recent “Meet the Expert” session organized by Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), a member of Qatar Foundation.

Delivered in partnership with QSTP’s longstanding member company, ConocoPhillips Global Water Sustainability Center (GWSC), the session saw experts from industry and academia discuss key strategies, best practices and advanced solutions in sustainable water management in the oil and gas industry. The session showcased GWSC’s work together with entities in Qatar’s education and energy sectors to advance research, build capacity, and facilitate innovation around water technologies significantly supporting water conservation and sustainability goals in Qatar.

Speaking at the session, Dr. Samer Adham, GWSC manager, said, “Cost-effective water management is a key part of the oil and gas industry and is one of our primary focus areas at the GWSC. We have been working in collaboration with local institutes to develop a toolbox of advanced technology for suitable applications. Our joint efforts in research, technology deployment, pilot testing, among others, are really geared towards enhancing the ecosystem in Qatar and augment national capabilities in water treatment and reuse.”

Apart from Abdel-Wahab, other panelists who shared insights from their projects included Farhan Khan, Environmental Regulatory Compliance Lead, Qatar Energy – LNG; Dr. Mohamed Hassan, Centre for Advanced Materials, Qatar University; and Dr. Mustafa Saleh Nasser, Gas Processing Centre, Qatar University.

Abdel-Wahab said, “Collaboration is key when it comes to tackling some of the grand challenges that Qatar is facing, particularly when it comes to water sustainability. This is a crucial topic for the country — given the substantial volume of wastewater generated in the oil and gas sector, it is imperative to discover effective solutions. I would like to express my gratitude to the QSTP and to GWSC, and the organizers for bringing together these experts from academia and industry to highlight how we are working towards this shared goal.”