Safety coming first in Qatar oil and gas industry …

HE the Minister of Energy and Industry, Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada has said safety is central to the Qatar’s oil and gas industry business.

“Safety is a valuable attribute and a core constituent of our business. It is also an organisational commitment that is aligned with the holistic vision pursued by the government under the leadership and guidance of HH the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani,” al-Sada said in his speech at the opening of the 2nd Operational Safety Challenges Forum at the Four Seasons yesterday.

Al-Sada said, “It is crucial to work for and enhance a safety culture that will constitute the backbone of all our operations – be they offshore or onshore, upstream or downstream. A consistent safety and operations culture among all workers, in all organisations in this vital industry, is a precondition to success. This principle is the driving force behind Qatar’s multi-faceted approach to safety. This is why we implement and promote the strictest adherence to the highest international safety regulations and standards in all aspects of our industry.”

Organised by the Best Practice Technical Committee (BPTC) of QP’s Dukhan operations, the forum brings together many health, safety and environment professionals and representatives from all major oil and gas and petrochemical companies operating in Qatar.

In his welcome address, Ahmad Saif al-Sulaiti, operations manager-Dukhan Fields and chairman of the organising committee, said: “This forum provides an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences on a safety culture, crisis management and emergency response, personal safety, hazards and reducing risks at our facilities and it will help identify the way forward to promote the same in other organisations.”

The three-day event, which is scheduled until tomorrow, consists of plenary sessions and presentations focusing mainly on promoting a safety culture, emergency response and effective crisis management. Speakers include representatives of QP’s industrial cities directorate, gas operations, drilling department and offshore operations as well as from RasGas, Qatargas, Total E&P Qatar, and Qatar Fuel Additives Company (Qafac).

As part of the opening ceremony, al-Sada presented a token of appreciation to various QP departments as well as to oil and gas companies and organisations for their participation in the forum and for their contributions in promoting a safety culture within Qatar’s oil and gas industry. The awardees included QP’s drilling department, corporate HSE department, gas operations and Dukhan operations, RasGas, Qatargas, Qafac, ExxonMobil, Shell, Maersk Oil, Total, Occidental Petroleum, Honeywell, Qatar University, and Texas A&M University at Qatar.

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