The 8th Annual HSE Forum in Energy has been officially inaugurated today, as more than 350 delegates gather to learn of the latest health, safety, and environment developments and technological solutions in the GCC energy sector.
Held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum, the three-day event was opened by Saad Ali Al-Kubaisi, Corporate HSE Manager at Qatar Petroleum, and takes place until 10 October 2012 at the Doha Grand Hyatt Hotel.
After cutting the ribbon, Al Kubaisi delivered the keynote address on the opening day of the forum, before a seven-man panel discussion kicked off proceedings outlining the key components to sustaining HSE Excellence in oil and gas operators.
Dr. Wells Grogan, Vice President of Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Quality (HSSEQ) of Danish energy giant, Maersk Oil, and one of the panel members of the opening session said: “It’s a great opportunity to be speaking at the HSE Forum in Energy and I’m very delighted to have been asked to participate”.
“Part of my role in Maersk Oil is about trying to set leadership expectations around how important HSE is within the company, and to demonstrate that we are taking it seriously. We are working with other companies and other stakeholders and regulators to drive HSE excellence.”
In total, the 8th Annual HSE Forum in Energy will host 45 regional and international HSE experts to discuss HSE best practice and operational excellence. The two-day conference in Doha will feature 30 presentations, two panel discussions and five hours of networking sessions, before culminating with four half-day post conference workshops on the final day.
Pamela Norman, Senior Safety, Health and Environment Advisor for ExxonMobil Qatar, and another headline speaker on the second day at the forum said: “The 8th annual HSE Forum in Energy is timely and important for the energy industry. We are all mindful of the heightened expectations for strong environmental performance – expectations within our industry, expectations of governments, and expectations of the public.”
To that end, Norman said ExxonMobil has taken strides to establish an integrated approach to environmental care – one that moves beyond the traditional mindset of compliance to a mindset steered by proactive, risk-based decisions that recognise the business value of strong environmental performance and stewards environmental performance improvements as any other key business parameter.
“Unquestionably, management leadership and commitment, along with individual accountability at all levels in an organisation, are the keys to responsible environmental performance,” she added.
Other headline speakers on the opening day at the HSE Forum in Energy include, Dr. Osama Ibrahim, Chief Medical Officer, QatarGas Operating Company, Brett Doherty, SHE Group Manager, RasGas Company Limited, and Teresa Budworth, Chief Executive of NEBOSH.
The closing presentation on Day One was delivered by Hussain Al-Abbas, Supervisor of the Hydrographic Survey Unit at the world’s largest oil company Saudi Aramco. The Saudi national and reigning champion of ‘Survivor Middle East’ attributed much of his success in the TV reality show to the health and safety lessons learnt while oil surveying deep in the Rub’ al Khali.
The exhibition floor too is full of the latest HSE systems technology available in the market, with local company Qatari Industrial Equipments taking the charge, introducing their most recent ‘Area Rae’ and ‘Mesh Guard’ wireless gas detection systems.
Manufactured by RAESYSTEMS, the gas detection systems are equipped with state of the art field sensors and field proven in potentially harsh and hazardous conditions, and are designed to increase worker safety and improve return on investment due to their low installation and maintenance costs.
S.K. Raman, Safety Division Manager at Qatari Industrial Equipments, said: “Since today’s stringent safety regulations demand necessity of real time monitoring of toxic and explosive gases, wireless systems are advantageous for oil and gas exploration companies as they permit users to place the sensors closest to the gas sources, helping them improve their ability to detect harmful gases.”
“In order to keep workers safe from flammable and toxic gases, the oil and gas exploration industry installs low level hydrogen sulphide and flammable gas detection systems on its rigs. While the traditional hard wired systems are reliable and effective, the industry continues to deploy newer technology to ensure worker’s safety and improve productivity.”
Other exhibitors sharing their latest HSE solutions at the two-day exhibition include Gold Sponsors Dolphin Energy and Industrial Scientific Corporation, along with Silver Sponsors ChemSafe, Petrotechnics, Ras Laffan Industrial City.
The 8th Annual HSE Forum in Energy is supported by Qatar Petroleum, and organised by Fleming Gulf.
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