Texas A&M and ConocoPhillips host process safety symposium

April 11, 2014 - 5:17:11 am
RasGas CEO Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi (right), and President of ConocoPhillips Qatar Gary Sykes at the symposium. 

Doha: Texas A&M University at Qatar and ConocoPhillips jointly organised the fifth annual Qatar Process Safety Symposium at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) where delegates discussed best practices, safety success stories, incident case studies, new legislative initiatives and recent advances in process safety research.

“Process safety is a primary concern for the major industries here in Qatar, and thanks to ConocoPhillips’ support and commitment, this symposium offers an opportunity for industrial professionals and University researchers to share concerns and solutions to address the industry’s process safety issues,” said Dr Kenneth Hall, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Texas A&M at Qatar. “The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Extension in Qatar (MKOPSC-Q), under the guidance of Executive Director Dr Sam Mannan and Managing Director Dr Luc Vechot, has assembled world-class speakers for this important event. As always, the center strives to make safety second nature,” he said.

The two-day event, titled “Reaching Operational Excellence by Asset Integrity Management,” is designed to enrich attendees with topics such as best practices, safety success stories, incident case studies, new legislative initiatives and recent advances in process safety research. This year’s edition of the Qatar Process Safety Symposium has attracted over 250 attendees from Qatar and abroad and features more than 30 speakers presenting a range of topics focused on process safety.

“In our on-going commitment to safety, ConocoPhillips introduced eight life-saving rules worldwide. The ConocoPhillips Qatar Business Unit also recently achieved seven years of zero recordable injuries, incidents and illness. This record, dating back to the establishment of our office in Doha, is a significant milestone accomplishment,” said Gary Sykes, president of ConocoPhillips Qatar. “We have achieved this by applying and constantly strengthening peoples’ knowledge of safety and awareness. It is out of this commitment to safety that we are proud to support the Qatar Process Safety Symposium for the fifth time,” he said.

An award ceremony, presided by Dr Ali Hamad Al Mulla, manager of Corporate Health, Safety and Environment at Qatar Petroleum and chair of the Steering Committee of the MKOPSC-Q, recognised Hussain Al Baloshi, head of Reliability, Operations Engineering Department Offshore Fields, Qatar Petroleum, for his exceptional contribution to process safety in Qatar. Al Baloshi received the QPSS 2014 Process Safety Excellence Award.

The Peninsula

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