A Qatargas facility at Ras Laffan. Qatargas operates seven LNG trains, with a combined production capacity of 42mn tonnes per year (tpy) of LNG. Four of these are among the largest in the world, with a production capacity of 7.8mn tpy each.
Qatargas has completed more than 20mn man-hours across all of its assets and projects without a lost time incident (LTI), a “significant” milestone demonstrating the company’s commitment to safe operations.
Qatargas operates seven LNG trains, with a combined production capacity of 42mn tonnes per year (tpy) of LNG. Four of these are among the largest in the world, with a production capacity of 7.8mn tpy each.
Laffan Refinery, one of the largest condensate refineries in the world with a refining capacity of 146,000 bpd, is also operated by Qatargas. Qatargas’ Ras Laffan Terminal Operations team operates all the non-LNG products tank farms and related marine terminals at Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar.
The achievement is all the more significant because it has been reached during a period when three major projects, the Jetty Boil-off Gas project, the Plateau Maintenance Project and Laffan Refinery 2 are being executed by Qatargas. Several challenges including the summer weather and thousands of new workers joining the projects were successfully managed through comprehensive health, safety and environment (HSE) plans, training programmes and compliance with the safety rules and regulations.
Qatargas has several programmes and initiatives in place aimed at achieving sustained premier performance in safety, health and environment.
The “Incident and Injury Free” (IIF) initiative was launched in 2002. The “IIF in Action” in 2014 focuses on taking all necessary precautions to prevent accidents and injuries and to ensure that everyone goes home safely every day.
Last year, Qatargas launched the “10 Life Saving Rules” that are mandatory for every employee or contractor working at Qatargas. Continuous improvement in process safety, enhancing risk management and strengthening the permit to work system are a few examples of other recent safety initiatives.
Qatargas has consistently demonstrated outstanding safety performance across its operations and projects, the company said.
Earlier this year, as a testament to its continuing pursuit of an incident and injury-free workplace, the company achieved 12 consecutive years without an LTI across its offshore operations.
On the safety milestone, Qatargas CEO Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani said, “Safety is a core value in Qatargas that we have embedded in all of our systems. Over the past few years, we have continuously improved our safety processes and programs and introduced several initiatives aimed at ensuring the safety of our people and assets.
“This milestone however, was not achieved by these programmes alone. The dedication and expertise of our people and the support of our shareholder partners were crucial in making this achievement possible. As we continue our journey to be the world’s premier LNG company, we will set ever higher safety standards and strive to reach new milestones. This achievement clearly demonstrates that we are on the right path. I wish to express my thanks and congratulations to all Qatargas employees and contractors for their support in reaching this important milestone.” he added.
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