Doha: Laffan Refinery’s Diesel Hydrotreater (DHT) Project recently celebrated five million man-hours without a Lost Time Incident (LTI). The significant safety milestone was achieved earlier this month as the project gets closer to completion and start up at the end of April.
When operational, the DHT will produce diesel with less than 10 parts per million of sulphur, serving domestic demand and making a major contribution towards Qatar’s drive for the world-class environmental standards. The facility will have the capacity to process 54,000 barrels per stream day (BPSD).
Acknowledging this significant achievement, Salman Ashkanani, Chief Operating Officer, Refinery Ventures, said: “This milestone is the result of exemplary teamwork across multiple departments and organisations. I would like to congratulate the Project Management Team, the contractor and sub-contractors and the Laffan Refinery asset staff for their excellent cooperation and safety management.”
Hasan Numan, Acting Project Manager, added: “This achievement is extremely important for us as our aim is to finish the project without an LTI. We are very close to the end of the project which is a time that requires maximum focus from everyone involved to get safely to the handover. We are looking forward to reinforcing Qatargas’ reputation as a safety leader in the industry.”
The permanent works construction phase commenced back in July 2012. The company’s project management team together with the EPC Contractor for the work (Samsung Engineering and Construction Ltd) have adopted an integrated approach to safety on the project that involves working closely with the workforce in a collaborative manner to achieve excellent health and safety outcomes for all employees associated with the activities. Success in avoiding incidents and injuries is a clear indication that this cooperative process is working and has provided a solid foundation upon which to continue this type of performance well into the future.
The DHT project forms part of Qatar’s National Vision for ensuring efficient energy supplies and meeting the stringent environmental specifications. The processed diesel from the DHT unit will be distributed within Qatar through the existing truck loading Gantry facilities. The Peninsula