Harnessing collective strengths: Global Water Sustainability Center
On average, approximately three barrels of water are produced for every barrel of oil produced worldwide. However, this water may contain residual components that limit its use without extensive treatment.
In 2008, ConocoPhillips and GE announced a co-venture that would make an impact on the water re-use industry; the Global Water Sustainability Center (GWSC). Set within the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) in Doha, Qatar, the center was inaugurated last week by HE Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry, State of Qatar.
The GWSC will research and develop water solutions primarily for the petroleum and petrochemical sectors, but also will focus on municipal and agricultural solutions. The objective is to develop more efficient and cost-effective treatment technologies which would help to improve the water scarcity situation that the world is currently facing.
The collaboration will leverage GE’s global scale and broad water portfolio with ConocoPhillips’ understanding of the petroleum and petrochemicals industries to deliver innovative water solutions to customers in the Middle East region and around the globe.
About 75 percent of the GWSC’s work will focus on the petroleum and petrochemical sector and about 25 percent on non-industrial sectors, primarily municipal and agriculture. Proposed uses for treated water could include crop irrigation, livestock watering, wildlife habitats, and industrial cooling, potentially leaving more fresh water available for domestic use.
Other than research and development, the GWSC will also sponsor development projects for the community to encourage water conservation, exhibitions and workshops for both the public and the industry.
The GWSC also is expected to collaborate with relevant Qatari organizations to develop a Water Visitors’ Center that will promote water conservation and technology applications to the residents of Qatar within the context of a national awareness campaign.
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