A team made up of scientists from Sultan Qaboos University, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), and three research institutes in Japan are researching the possibility of utilising oilfield water.
With saline wastewater associated with oil production being reused in the oil production process, the remaining water is disposed of underground.
However, if the remaining water is treated properly, it can be used for micro algae cultivation, which can be used for a number of purposes such as medical products, cosmetics, fertilizer and fuel. The aim is to identify micro algae that can be cultivated with water in the oilfield environment.
Head of PDO Water Management Team, Dr. Yasmeen al Lawati said, “Considering that micro algae cultivation requires sunlight, warm temperatures, and space, in addition to water, the oilfields of Oman represent an ideal location for such cultivation. As such, micro algae cultivation is a utilisation option in which we have great interest.”