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Cases of mishaps in Qatar’s energy industry much below global average: Qatargas COO

Cases of mishaps in Qatar’s energy industry much below global average: Qatargas COO

Satyendra Pathak
Doha
Instances of mishaps in Qatar’s energy sector are much lower than the global average, Qatargas Health Safety Environment and Quality Chief Operating Officer Khalid al Hemaidi said on Sunday.
Talking to Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of 2019 Qatar Process Safety Symposium in Doha, Hemaidi said that Qatargas has been supplying LNG and other hydrocarbon products to the global market safely and reliably on a regular basis over the years.
“We have maintained very high standard of safety as we care for and value both people and process safety above all else. This is a core value, a value which has been instrumental in our journey to becoming a premier LNG company in the world,” he said.
“Since the company was established in 1984, Qatargas has grown into the largest liquefied natural gas producer in the world. Today, Qatargas operates 14 LNG trains with a total annual production capacity of 77 million tonnes. None of this would be possible without an enduring commitment to process safety,” he said.
“We proudly operate and maintain our facilities to world-class standards, and we play an active role in sharing best practices and engaging in process safety dialogue within the oil and gas community,” he said.
“We aim to prevent all accidents and limit their consequences when they do happen. This unequivocal commitments guide our local, regional and international activities,” he said.
Marking a decade of cooperation between industry and academia, the 10th Qatar Process Safety Symposium (QPSS) saw Texas A&M University at Qatar and ConocoPhillips partner with Qatargas to host the two-day forum.
The institutions signed a commemorative memorandum of understanding (MoU) during the conference to officiate their collaboration.
As Qatargas intends to move forward and expand its production capacity to 110 million tonnes of LNG per year, Hemaidi said, emphasis on protecting people and environment has grown even more.
“This is the reason we have collaborated with Texas A&M University at Qatar and ConocoPhillips to advocate process safety,” he said.
“Qatargas is delighted to join forces with such esteemed partners. We commend Texas A&M University at Qatar and ConocoPhillips for nurturing the Qatar Process Safety Symposium into an important annual meeting point for academia, industry, and government over the last ten years,” he said.
ConocoPhillips Qatar President Todd Creeger said, “Qatar’s rapid industry expansion follows the country’s commitment to the aspirations outlined in Qatar National Vision 2030. This year, we acknowledge the inherent issue of human error and its effect on overall safety, growth, and production volume. More importantly, we are able to work towards the overall design of processes to help ensure that human error does not lead to any major catastrophe.”
This homegrown event, which brings together industry and academia, offers a unique opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from leading local and international subject matter experts.
Over the course of the event, 22 international and local speakers from companies such as Dolphin Energy, Qatar Chemical Company (QChem), Qatar Fuel Additives Company (Qafac), Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco), and Qatar Petroleum will debate crucial topic such as human factors engineering, organizational safety culture, safety management systems, and process safety competency.
Cesar O Malave, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “Our connection to the local oil and gas industry stems from a strong academic focus in engineering. At Texas A&M at Qatar, we prepare the next generation of leaders with not only a high competency in engineering but an overall capacity to enter the workforce with a strong sense of hazard awareness and process safety culture.”

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