QATAR: RasGas ups target for waste recycling

RasGas recycled 43% of all its waste generated in 2012, which was the best in the industry and far outperformed the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry average of 28%. The company has projected 80% recycling of its waste in 2013.

Al-Mohannadi receiving the award from HE al-Sada

RasGas was awarded the Qatar oil and gas industry health safety and environment (HSE) Excellence Awards 2012 for this notable achievement at a ceremony held by Qatar Petroleum (QP) on Thursday.

The award was presented by HE the Minister of Energy and Industry and chairman and managing director of QP, Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada.

A total of 53 submissions from 26 organisations were judged on the transferability, reputation, innovation and performance enhancement of their HSE-related day-to-day operations. The organisations were categorised as QP operations, QP joint venture companies and QP contractors.

Hamad Rashid al-Mohannadi, chief executive officer, RasGas, said: “Under the Qatar National Vision 2030’s pillar of environmental protection, RasGas has in fact gone beyond setting the pace for the LNG industry in our approach to sustainability. Recognising the relationship between people and technology, we have worked hard to design innovative technological systems that are user-friendly and effective in creating robust recycling industry.”

RasGas’ submission for this award focused on three recent key waste management and recycling initiatives that have enhanced the company’s waste management performance.

It included the introduction of Qatar’s first thermal desorption unit which enabled the company to recycle a further 35% of previously unrecyclable waste.

Another initiative is the pyrophoric waste management process through which RasGas has not only completely eliminated pyrophoric fires, but has been able to incinerate hazardous pyrophoric waste in a controlled manner allowing the company to double the amount of steel it recycles.

Lastly, RasGas showcased a mobile tablet-based waste information system that is connected to the Internet and tracks 52 waste collection points, in real time in the field.

Reported by: Caye Global News, Gulf Times

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