Our Global Water Sustainability Center studies technology related to produced water and desalination.
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In 2010 ConocoPhillips launched the Global Water Sustainability Center to study technology related to produced water and desalination. Located in Doha, Qatar, the group’s research addresses ways to reduce freshwater consumption and minimize the environmental impact of wastewater discharge from oil and gas operations.
A key research area for the center is desalination, a process that transforms salt water into consumable water. A current field pilot project with Qatar University’s chemical engineering department measures the effectiveness of augmenting thermal desalination with membrane distillation to produce fresh water. Thermal desalination uses a heat source to boil water. As the water evaporates salt and minerals are left in the base water while the pure water becomes steam. As the steam cools it forms condensed purified water. Membrane desalination, often referred to as reverse osmosis, incorporates two different approaches. Water is forced through a membrane to filter out salt and minerals, and an electrical current is used to separate salt and other minerals from the water.
“This partnership brings together leading industrial and academic organizations,” said Gary Sykes, president of ConocoPhillips Qatar.