Qatar research announcement

ExxonMobil Research Qatar

Ongoing research and development is critical to ExxonMobil’s core mission of finding long-term, sustainable solutions to the world’s energy needs. In Qatar, ExxonMobil established ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) in Education City, Qatar. We share the Qatar Foundation's objectives to advance science and technology through research and development (R&D).

EMRQ is conducting research in areas of common interest to the State of Qatar and ExxonMobil, including environmental management, water reuse, LNG safety and coastal carbonates. This research will be increasingly important as Qatar continues to develop the world's largest integrated gas processing and liquefaction facilities.

Expansion
In April 2010, ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) announced the expansion of its commitment to the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) with a total investment of more than 218 million QAR through 2014, including support for two new research programs.

The first new program is EMRQ’s Water Reuse research program, which will investigate water treating technology and initially focus on the identification and selection of native plant life that can naturally clean water produced from oil and gas wells.

The second new research program, the Qatar Center for Coastal Research, will study Qatari coastal geology to help improve understanding of the continuity and quality of ancient carbonate reservoir rocks found in Middle Eastern oil and gas fields. Educational outreach programs will also promote interest in geoscience.

Environmental Research
In 2006, EMRQ launched its first research project to evaluate the potential formation and impact of chlorination byproducts due to the discharge of cooling seawater in the coastal waters near Ras Laffan Industrial City – an important goal of the Ministry of Environment. The study has involved offshore marine surveys, sampling and testing of seawater, laboratory experiments and numerical modeling of the transport and breakdown of residual chlorine.

EMRQ completed a three-year study of the fate of chlorination by-products in cooling water discharged in the Gulf near Ras Laffan. Our comprehensive study shows these by-products should have no adverse impact on marine life because their concentrations are extremely low.

The outcome of the research was submitted to the Ministry of Environment in January 2010, documenting a three-year and 7 million QAR study on the impacts of residual chlorine and chlorination by-products in cooling water discharges into the Gulf near Ras Laffan.

Going forward, EMRQ will conduct field studies aimed at expanding the existing database on Qatar’s biologically rich and sensitive ecosystems, including coral reefs and seagrass beds along the coastline. Using laboratory tests, EMRQ will also study the responses of certain local marine organisms to substances that are present as a result of Qatar’s industrial activities.

This information will facilitate improved decision making on how to protect the coastal environment of the State of Qatar.

Safety Research
EMRQ’s Advanced 3-Dimensional (3D) Training research will develop state-of-the-art training capability for individuals working in Qatar’s oil and gas production, processing facilities and onboard LNG ships. The planned research will add functionalities that make the 3D immersive environment so realistic that individuals feel like they are in their actual work environment. The purpose of the Remote Gas Detection research is to develop an autonomous system to scan for and identify hydrocarbon gas emissions in LNG production and transportation facilities.

Partnerships with Qatar University
Qatar University (QU) and ExxonMobil Research Qatar (EMRQ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further academic excellence through human capital investment, innovative technology, and research and development. ExxonMobil will continue to recruit qualified candidates and provide internship programs for Qatar University students. ExxonMobil also supports Qatar University’s Gas Processing Center through sponsorships and serves on technical and advisory committees.