Posted on February 08, 2020

The ConocoPhillips Global Water Sustainability Center (GWSC) recently hosted an exclusive tour for H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah, Chairman of The Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah International Foundation for Energy & Sustainable Development (Al Attiyah Foundation).

The tour highlighted the history of research and innovation for treating and recycling by-product water from oil and gas operations. It was a special return for H E Al Attiyah, as he inaugurated the GWSC in 2010. The visit provided him with the opportunity to learn about the Center’s growth and accomplishments over the last decade.

“We established the GWSC here in Qatar which is our global ConocoPhillips water-solutions Centre-of-Excellence, because of the efforts and drive H E Al Attiyah has for sustainability, and his remarkable vision for the industry,” said Todd Creeger, President of ConocoPhillips Qatar. “As a steadfast partner with the International Foundation for Energy & Sustainable Development, we are committed and aligned in our mutual drive to attain sustainable development in the field of oil and gas. H E Al Attiyah’s strong legacy lives through the work we execute at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP). We are thrilled to showcase the impactful results and success we have achieved since his inauguration.”

H E Al Attiyah toured the 1,000 square meter facility, including the GWSC’s state-of-the-art analytical laboratories. He gained a closer look at advanced water treatment technologies, which include machines capable of facilitating chromatography and spectroscopy processes, as well as wet chemical analyses. The Center’s team of highly qualified scientists and engineers also highlighted the lab’s bench-scale testing equipment. The equipment can simulate oil and gas facility conditions to conduct field-relevant experiments and obtain actionable results.

“Since Qatar has a dry desert climate and utilizes a large amount of water in its energy production, research into protecting and re-using this scarce resource is critical to the country’s long-term sustainability. I am thrilled to see our member ConocoPhillips’ research and development persistently continue over the past 10 years, and to learn about the impacts made by the wonderful team of experienced scientists and engineers,’’ said H E Al Attiyah.

The GWSC is located at QSTP, a hub of research centers and innovative start-ups supported by Qatar Foundation. H E Al Attiyah was integral to the development and realization of the energy industry’s presence at the Park. Some of the QSTP members and partners including ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) and Qatar Shell, host research facilities that are integral to Qatar’s sustainable development. ConocoPhillips is a proud member of the Al-Attiyah Foundation, demonstrating consistent support and participation in the Foundation’s CEO Round-table Series and other external events. The company is also an important contributor to the Foundation’s annual theme planning and publications.

“It was an honour to have H E Al Attiyah visit the GWSC and witness first-hand the growth of the Center,” noted Dr. Samer Adham, manager at the GWSC. “In a world that thirsts for greater access to freshwater, our company has acquired a reputation as a problem-solver. We lend our expertise and facilities, helping our partners in Qatar and the wider ConocoPhillips network address challenges in the field. We are proud of our presence in Qatar, and participation in QSTP and look forward to its future progress.”  

source: The Peninsula