Turbo-machinery has played a key role in Qatar Petroleum’s ‘incredibly robust’ gas processing business, said ExxonMobil Qatar president and general manager Bart Cahir.
Qatar, which has a leading position in global LNG exports, now boasts of one of the world’s largest turbo-machinery asset bases, Cahir said at the opening session of the two-day Middle East Turbo-machinery Symposium at the Qatar National Convention Centre yesterday. ExxonMobil, too, has extensive experience in turbo-machinery, with a global machinery fleet totalling about 9mn horsepower for power generation and gas compression. “While this size asset base is impressive, it is only part of the story. The machinery contribution is only effective through the talent of engineers and operators,” Cahir said.
To this end, ExxonMobil utilises a ‘global machinery network’ and several dedicated ‘communities of practice’, which have positioned the company as a global leader in safe, reliable, cost efficient, and environmentally sensitive design and operation of large, complex turbo-machinery. This network is led by industry-recognised experts in risk management, emissions, rotor-dynamics, gas turbine combustion, dry gas seals, multiphase pumps, machinery controls, and reliability. More than 200 upstream and downstream experts produce, share and improve global best practices that can be applied to continuously improve our world-wide operations. “Smart monitoring and diagnostic systems continually expand our ability to share and analyse high resolution data with experts across the globe, enabling faster optimisation and response to incipient abnormalities resulting in higher machinery throughput and uptime. “The experience and innovation of this team is captured to guide and deliver advancements in technology which is such a critical part of our industry. ExxonMobil’s global machinery network is also leading in pushing the frontier of new turbo-machinery concepts for the fields of the future.”
In Qatar, where the size and scale of complex turbo-machinery is unrivalled, a highly skilled workforce is imperative, Cahir said.
“And while we reflect proudly on the past and the development of this world-class business, our work here is far from done. With an eye to sustainable, safe, reliable and efficient operations, these advancements require a corresponding advancement in how we manage and maintain these assets,” the ExxonMobil Qatar chief told his audience at the Qatar National Centre.
In his keynote address, QP director (Operations) Said M. al-Mohannadi said “the Middle East is the world centre of operating turbomachinery and Qatar has some of the largest operating equipment trains in the world. Hence, it is entirely proper and fitting that METS be held in Doha.”
The participation of engineering students of different levels from Qatar University and the Texas A&M University at Qatar emphasises the educational potential of this programme for young attendees, al-Mohannadi said. Al-Mohannadi delivered the keynote address on behalf of HE the Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, and then led the formal ribbon cutting and opening of the exhibition on the sidelines of the event. METS Advisory Committee co-chairs Abdulaziz al-Naimi, Joint Interest manager at RasGas, and Dr Dara Childs, director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University also spoke.
The exhibition held alongside the symposium hosts booths from some 65 leading companies from the Middle East, North America, Asia, and Europe.
Source: Caye Global News, Gulf Times
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