The seventh edition of the SPE Middle East Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainable Development Conference & Exhibition has attracted more than 600 attendees from 121 companies. The event is being held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar. Supported by Qatar Petroleum as host organisation, and organised by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the event is the largest society-led, oil and gas HSE event in the Middle East, and the first of its kind to include sustainable development as one of the core discussion topics.
H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada said “We, in the State of Qatar, are very much aware of the challenges we have to meet as we manage the rapid growth of not just our industry, but also our national economy. We are undertaking a number of complex mega projects as well as an important redevelopment of the existing Bul Hanine, Dukhan, and Al-Shaheen oil fields.”
“Such projects place the energy sector at the heart of our country’s development, and direct its potential towards achieving our National Vision and Development Strategy, which are guided by the vision and leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar.”
“The strategic importance of Qatar’s oil and gas sector has been the driving force behind many initiatives designed to maintain a robust and safe industry—an industry that implements and promotes the strictest adherence to the highest international safety regulations and standards.”
At the Opening Ceremony, Saif Al Naimi, Conference Chairman and Director, HSE Regulations and Enforcement, Qatar Petroleum, said “With each new edition, we attempt to create an even better and stronger programme to build on this event’s solid reputation and offer a variety of exclusive topical sessions”.
Jeff Spath, 2014 SPE President, added “SPE encourages the responsible management of these oil and gas resources and operations including the appropriate management of social and environmental impacts and their related risks. SPE demonstrates this commitment by offering its members opportunities to train, share knowledge, and advance practices for doing business in ways that balance economic growth, social development, and environmental protection to meet societal needs today and in the future.”
Bart Cahir, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar, said “ExxonMobil is honoured and extremely pleased to participate in the SPE Middle East Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainable Development Conference & Exhibition (MEHSE) as its titanium sponsor, and a proud member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. We have an organisational commitment to safety, health and environmental protection, and overcoming sustainability challenges within the energy sector; and this conference provides the ideal platform for us to demonstrate this commitment. In Qatar, we have aligned our vision with that of the national vision of the government under the leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, and continue to support our local partners as they work to create a better, wealthier, healthier future for people across the globe.”
Remarks from other key participants and industry players
Commenting on the company’s involvement as Gold Sponsor, Adel Ahmed Albuainain, General Manager, Dolphin Energy Limited, said “We are delighted to participate in the event because it provides the opportunity to interact with our peers to find solutions to HSE issues. We are keen to provide our thoughts and insights as well as highlight our commitment to social responsibility, sustainable development, risk management, workforce welfare and other HSE related activities.”
“Since our inception, we have adopted and developed our own world class standards that have helped define who we are, how we act and what to do to improve. We are looking forward to making a valuable contribution to the exhibition.”
Gael Forest, Partner and Regional Head of Environment and Risk at ARCADIS Middle East, said, “Adhering to the highest possible health, safety, and environmental standards is of utmost importance for the oil and gas market. These positive industry outcomes cannot be achieved without the active participation of the region’s key stakeholders.”
“The SPE Middle East conference and exhibition provides the market with a collaborative platform to exchange industry knowledge and discuss key strategies and issues that can improve Qatar and the Gulf Corporation Council (GCC) states’ overall HSE business.”
The 2014 SPE Regional University Student Programme
A one-day programme for university students will be taking place on 23 September 2014 under the theme “HSE: A Way of Life”. His Excellency commented, “It is admirable that an SPE Regional University Student Programme is being held in conjunction with this conference.”
“It is also very encouraging to note the objectives of such a programme, foremost of which is developing local talent and encouraging young Qatari students to pursue careers in the energy industry.”
Marwa Al-Ansary, Senior Environmental Lead at Qatar Shell, said, “Sponsoring the university student competition comes as part of Shell’s commitment to encourage the youth to pursue careers in the energy field. This is a valuable opportunity for the participating students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) issues. Our aim is to help develop local human capacity and talents that will help lead to a knowledge-based economy in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.”
SPE would like to thank the event sponsors, Qatar Petroleum, ExxonMobil, RasGas, Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Maersk Oil, Dolphin Energy, Occidental Petroleum of Qatar, Total, and Qatargas.