Posted on May 21, 2018

Qatar University (QU) signed, recently, an agreement for the Establishment of “Seawater Treatment & Deceleration Standardization Unit” between the Center for Advanced Materials at QU (CAM-QU) and the Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC). The agreement aims to collaborate in solving challenges facing the reverse osmosis desalination industry in Qatar, such as operational problems, technology transfer and use of chemicals for seawater treatment.

The agreement included, establishing the water technology unit at QU, conducting  and publishing research on technology of pre-treatment and post treatment of water and technology evaluation and offering consultations whenever is needed for the process and integrity of the reverse osmosis plants operated by QEWC. Furthermore, it include the assistance in diagnosing the water treatment systems and carrying out data analysis and offer reverse osmosis and water treatment training courses for QEWC staff. QEWC will sponsor the project and provide an appropriate framework and technical data of the reverse osmosis plants if and when needed by QU. In addition to supporting the scientific publications and conferences. Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, President of QU and Mr. Fahad Al-Mohannadi, General, Manager and Managing Director of QEWC signed the agreement.

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Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, President of QU, said: “The collaboration between QU and QEWC, which started with signing a MoU last year, is continuing and renewed today with the establishment of the new unit that will enforce the efforts conducted by both the organizations in the past year. We are proud of the development of this collaboration that resulted in various research papers about water treatment and the training of a group of QU students in QEWC, exposing them to a practical side of their studies. 

Mr. Fahad Al-Mohannadi, General, Manager and Managing Director of QEWC, said: “The water sector is vital to the state of Qatar as the country depends mainly on seawater, which is constantly changing. This is why this collaboration between our organizations is very crucial to enhance our understanding of the challenges we face and provide solutions to them.  QEWC partners with more than 11 international companies from the west and the east and invest in countries such as Indonesia and Jordan in the field of water deceleration.”

Dr. Nasser Al-Nuaimi, Director of the Center for Advanced Materials at the University of Qatar, said: “CAM-QU is seeking through its research to provide innovative solutions to many issues related to the environment across various industries in Qatar. Through this agreement, we look forward to the standardization of water treatment and seawater desalination in Qatar and to be able to develop general standards for drinking water across the region in order to help with the drinking water challenges.”