Officials during the town hall meeting.
DOHA: Qatargas made significant achievements in establishing relationships with new customers as well as strengthening existing customer relations in 2013, a two-day town hall meeting that reviewed its annual performance noted.
Singapore received its first ever LNG cargo from Qatargas. Qatargas also delivered its first cargo to Malaysia, a new and promising LNG market. Also in 2013, commissioning cargoes were delivered to China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and PetroChina, the review meeting held in the presence of top officials including Qatargas Chief Executive Officer Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani observed.
The meeting also provided an open forum for employees to discuss with the senior management, matters related to the Company and seek clarification on a wide range of subjects and developments.
A highlight of the evening was a presentation of the company’s achievements in 2013 by the Corporate Planning Department. The presentation described how Qatargas’ achievements align with Qatar’s National Vision that aims at transforming Qatar into an advanced country by 2030, capable of sustaining its own development and providing for a high standard of living for all of its people for generations to come.
The meeting observed that year 2013 witnessed record revenue and production for Qatargas, underlining the Company’s significant contribution to the national economy. The detailed engineering work for the Laffan Refinery 2 project, expected to be full operational in the third quarter of 2016 kicked off in April this year. Qatargas’ Plateau Maintenance Project (PMP) also achieved a significant milestone by obtaining the Consent to Operate (CTO) from Qatar’s Ministry of Environment. The project is expected to be completed early next year.
Throughout 2013, the Company demonstrated continued commitment to Safety with strong training attendance and several key safety milestones. In early 2013, Qatargas launched the ’10 Life Saving Rules’ that set out clear and simple Do’s and Don’ts covering activities with the highest potential safety risk. They help to make sure that rules are followed and people are protected.
The Jetty Boil-off Gas Recovery project (JBOG) recorded 15m man-hours without any lost time incident. When completed in 2014, the project will recover 90 percent of the gas currently being flared during LNG ship loading. Outstanding safety performance was also achieved across Qatargas’ offshore operations with the completion of 11 years without a lost time accident.
Qatargas’ initiatives aimed at responsible environmental management has resulted in achieving significant reduction in flaring at its facilities. The Company has also developed strategies for improved waste water treatment.