Qatar committed to safety: Al Sada

January 25, 2013 - 5:39:09 am



Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada with other officials at the Opening of First Operational Safety Callenges in Oil and Gas Industry Forum in Doha yesterday. Abdul Basit

DOHA: Safety has played a very important role in the development of Qatar’s hydrocarbon industry in the past and will continue to occupy key position in the current and future growth of the Oil and Gas industry. Safety measures, practices and issues like process safety, emergency and crisis management will become all the more critical for Qatar’s continued success, said HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of QP.

He was delivering the keynote address at the opening session of First “Operational Safety Challenges in the Oil & Gas Industry Forum” here yesterday.

QP operations range from exploration, drilling, production, refining to distribution of hydrocarbon products to the world market. While carrying out these operations we have never compromised the environmental safety and health of our society. It is one of the most critical aspects of our industry, the minister noted.

“I believe this forum will further synergize safety in every aspect of our operations and it supports our commitment to a culture of operational excellence. Safety has played a very important role in the development of our hydrocarbon industry in the past and will continue to occupy a key position in the current and future growth of our industry,” Dr Al Sada said.

Ahmad Saif Al-Sulaiti, Operations Manager-Dukhan Fields, said: “This forum is the first of its kind in Qatar and it primarily aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and ideas among the many oil and gas companies operating in Qatar. Qatar Petroleum has always been very particular about the safety of its employees and contractors, and I am confident that this forum will drive us all to achieve even better results and will be very beneficial and rewarding as we continuously work to improve our safety culture.”

The first day of the Forum focused mainly on the Permit to Work (PTW) system, its effectiveness and challenges as well as on Process Safety (PS) Asset Integrity Management (AIM).  

At the continuation of the forum on Sunday, the presentations will further discuss a wide range of topics related to PTW challenges and PS implementation in the oil and gas industry. The forum will conclude with roundtable plenary sessions, during which the lessons learned, technical challenges and other issues will be thoroughly discussed by a panel of experts.

Launched by the QP, the first edition of the Forum has brought together  representatives from various QP departments as well as from Dolphin Energy, Oryx GTL, Qatar Fuel Additives Company (QAFAC), Qatargas, RasGas and Shell.

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