The eighth annual Qatar Process Safety Symposium (QPSS) hosted by ConocoPhillips and Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) concluded after two days of constructive dialogue on process safety at the Hilton Doha Hotel.
Process safety is significant in ensuring industrial operations are carried out safely and responsibly around the world. QPSS, which was opened yesterday by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry, has helped to advance knowledge in this crucial field. “We at ConocoPhillips are pleased to have taken part in a national dialogue on process safety over the last two days,” noted J. Todd Creeger, President of ConocoPhillips Qatar. “By making use of new technologies and advanced data analysis to examine previous incidents, we can help prevent future ones. Our discussions have yielded outcomes that positively enhance the safety of industrial processes going forward.”
Students of TAMUQ’s Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center – Qatar (MKOPSC-Qatar) were actively involved in the Symposium. Launched in 2013 under the patronage of H.E. Al-Sada, MKOPSC-Qatar’s curriculum imparts a holistic understanding of process safety among students. “This event is a truly unique opportunity for our students to build understanding of process safety through close interaction with leading experts and industry practitioners,” said Dr. César O. Malavé, Dean & Chief Operating Officer of TAMUQ. “Thanks in part to this Symposium, I am confident our next generation of engineers from Texas A&M University at Qatar will enter the workforce with extensive knowledge of process safety best practice.”
Opening the second day, Ahmed Al-Shaikh, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing at Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), addressed delegates on the significance of remaining committed to process safety. In sharing his unique insight, Mr. Al-Shaikh drew on his management experience at one of the largest chemical-based product manufacturers in the region. The participation of SABIC in the Symposium evidences the growing reach and impact of the event beyond Qatar’s borders. Following the opening address, delegates from SABIC, ExxonMobil, Total E&P, Saudi Aramco, University College London, and others participated in sessions entitled “Incident Investigation” and “Research and Technologies in Process Safety.” Attendees discussed multiple safety incident case studies and surveyed cutting-edge process safety research being conducted in Qatar.
At the Symposium, the QPSS Process Safety Excellence Award was awarded to Mr. Tawfeeq Hamad, Head of Safety, Shutdowns & Projects at Qatargas, for his proven success in establishing best practice process safety standards at the company. Two MKOPSC-Qatar students, Abdulla Al-Mohannadi and Rashid Al-Muhannadi, were also recognized at QPSS for their outstanding dedication to process safety research in the field of runaway reactions and simulation of reactor venting. Their research was funded under Qatar National Research Fund’s Undergraduate Research Experience Program with supervision from TAMUQ professors Dr. Marcelo Castier and Dr. Luc Véchot. Though an award is typically given to only one student at the event, they were both chosen to receive an award due to the high quality of their team effort.
QPSS was attended by over 260 regional experts, professionals, and decision makers from public and private sectors. Qatar and TAMUQ recently signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding to support events that foster the advancement of process safety in the country.