QU and Oryx GTL to help cut gas emissions
The Qatari energy industry and academia have joined forces on a project to capture carbon from the flue gas of power plants.
Qatar University (QU) and energy firm ORYX GTL will work on the project, according to a deal signed in mid-January. Work will take place at a simulated natural gas-fired power plant at QU’s gas processing centre (GPC).
The scheme, described as vital for the future of Qatar’s gas industry, will test a range of chemical solvents to discover which is most effective at capturing carbon.
GPC director Abdelwahab Aroussi said the agreement “will provide our students with knowledge and skills to meet Qatar’s needs for professionals in this field”.
Qatar has ratified the Kyoto treaty, which limits the volume of carbon that signatory nations can emit, although Doha is yet to put in place a specific target. However the treaty carries weight internationally and Qatar is highly reliant on gas-fired power plants for electricity generation, which emit significantly amounts of carbon. If Doha can drive forward the project, it could limit its own emissions while exporting the technology globally.