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Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC)

MEDRC is a Center of Excellence in Desalination and Water Reuse Technology established in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman in December 1996 by a Royal decree under the status of non-profit international organisation. It is a unique international organization where ten co-equal partners work together on solutions to fresh water scarcity by supporting research, training, knowledge exchange and capacity building. MEDRC's research programs have been about developing local researchers of tomorrow - scientists and engineers from the region who will lead efforts to attain safe, secure and sustainable water for the people of the Middle East into the future. In addition, MEDRC CPET Water Program is the only high quality specialized desalination training program in the region. Training and research departments have necessary skills and capacities to undertake capacity building and research activities. MEDRC holds a wide-ranging portfolio of more than 170 environmental research projects with a total project value of more than US$ 14M which has involved bringing the best regional and global expertise together along with regional researchers from 34 countries to help find solutions to the challenge of fresh water scarcity in the region. To this end MEDRC has supported 115 regional nationals with Master's and PhD water research fellowships in its regional and Palestinian fellowships programs. MEDRC has been conducting full range of training programs in Reverse Osmosis and water management. MEDRC research projects led to more than 300 scientific papers in international journals and countless reports.
MEDRC operates a dedicated 3 M3/Hr hour Reverse Osmosis Pilot Plant containing all pre and post treatment systems and instrumentation found on the largest plants. MEDRC facilities include seminars rooms, hands-on training room, highly equipped water chemistry lab, solar arrays, evaporation ponds for rejected water (brine management), weather station, a traditional irrigation system (Al Falaj), Omani crops, solar still, RO membranes, cartridge filter, etc. A wastewater treatment pilot plant project is in the pipeline. MEDRC works on different topics, among other: desalination technologies, wastewate reuse, water-energy-food nexus, renewable desalination, transboundary water management, etc.
MEDRC has also a RO pilot desalination unit fed by solar panels directly and which is used for research on the impact of desalinated water on soil and plants, together with 3 evaporation ponds to carry out experiments on brine management.

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+968 24 41 55 00
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P.O. Box 21, P.C. 133, Al Khuwair
133 Al Khuwair
Oman