Posted on June 09, 2018

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and ExxonMobil Qatar have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote cooperation on research and environmental sciences.

The agreement was signed by Assistant Undersecretary of Environment Affairs at Ministry of Municipality and Environment Engineer Ahmed Mohammad al Sada and Research Director at ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) Dr Mohamad Yacoub al Sulaiti. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Minister of Municipality and Environment HE Mohammed bin Abdullah al Rumaihi, President and General Manager of ExxonMobil Qatar Alistair Routledge and representatives from the ministry and ExxonMobil Qatar. 

Speaking at the event, the minister said,"Our relationship with ExxonMobil has furthered the general impact on a number of our projects at the ministry and we are pleased to be entering another phase of our strong partnership." "Our teams have been working together to protect habitats and species for years now. With ExxonMobil Research Qatar's support, we are collecting scientific data that can be used to help assess the overall health of various species that are indigenous to Qatar, and allows us to understand what needs to be done to ensure their longevity," he added.

Routledge said,"We are pleased to build on our longstanding relationship with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment with this MoU signing. ExxonMobil is committed to responsibly supporting the sustainable development and the work we do at EMRQ supports this commitment. By sharing knowledge with our partners in Qatar, we aim to contribute to programmes that are important to the country and its people." Following the signing ceremony, the minister toured EMRQ's laboratories and training facilities and spoke to its staff of geologists, engineers and environmental scientists, many of whom are Qatari nationals. 

Eng Sada said the ministry aims to protect the environment in Qatar, diversify its resources and preserve it in order to achieve sustainable development. He added that EMQ and the companies affiliated with it in the country contribute to support research that promotes sciences and technology through a number of projects in the areas of environmental management, water reuse, liquefied natural gas (LNG) safety and coastal geology.  On his part, Sulaiti said EMRQ works hard to achieve a wide range of communication objectives at the society and industry levels, noting that the centre supports sustainable development in Qatar in order to build a challenging society and prepare a generation of Qataris with the skills to compete at all levels to achieve the goals.

He pointed out that the study of the basic environmental survey is a model for cooperation between the work teams of the MME and EMRQ, stressing confidence that it will be a fruitful beginning of future efforts to protect the rich marine and coastal diversity of Qatar.