Innovative hybrid treatment systems toward sustainable treatment of oil and gas produced water: Full design with feasibility study, Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence, ADEK (2019)

Project summary

Energy security, Water scarcity, and environmental sustainability are most pressing global challenges facing mankind in the 21st century. In UAE, water desalination facilities provide about 80% of water consumed in the country. Indeed, massive efforts should be invested in research for finding new water treatment and desalination technology and to decrease the overall cost of the available technologies.

This project will contribute directly to the efforts of achieving one of the goals of Abu Dhabi 2030 plan as it targets the issues related to water scarcity and lack of water resources and reducing energy consumption in UAE; through providing full water management guidelines toward the utilization of oil and gas Produced Water.

This project will open the way to benefiting from the huge amount of waste produced water during the production of oil and gas; through providing 1) New innovative way of harvesting energy from the huge salinity gradient of the oil and gas produced water and then 2) Full sustainable treatment plan based on utilizing the harvested energy to power required treatment processes 3) Full feasibility study addressing the cost and environmental impact issues related to current procedure of disposing the oil and gas produced water and suggesting more efficient procedures to improve government policy and engineering decision making of direct relevance to oil and gas produced water management and treatment.

Project dates

September 2020 – ongoing


Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU), (PI)
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, (CoPI)


Abu Dhabi Award for Research Excellence (AARE-2019), ADEK