Posted on June 21, 2014

Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ) releases 2013 Sustainability Report, reinforcing the company’s commitment to the long-term development of Qatar and highlighting its environmental, social and governance performance for the past calendar year.

Maersk Oil Qatar’s Managing Director, Lewis Affleck says, “As operator of Qatar’s largest offshore oil field - the Al Shaheen - for over 20 years, we take our responsibility to the long-term sustainable development of Qatar very seriously. This report highlights the various steps we’re taking to be a responsible operator, in alignment with the four pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030, as well as outlining a number of significant environmental, health and safety, social and governance accomplishments.”

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Highlights from 2013 include: a 90 per cent reduction in daily average flaring since 2007; continued investment in local goods and services with USD $650 million spent in 2013; developing Qatari nationals through a new five-year strategic Qatarization Plan; strategic partnerships with academic institutions and industry bodies;  and a sustained commitment to improving health and contributing to local skills and capacity creation, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and leadership development.

Environmental commitment

The report shows that MOQ has made great progress on an environmental level by significantly reducing their average daily flaring rate in recent years – by more than 90 percent since 2007. In addition, MOQ commissioned a flaring-reduction study which recommended further long-term actions. This significant flaring reduction has also helped MOQ cut greenhouse emissions from its operations, which are now at less than 50 percent of 2007 levels, and MOQ also reduced produced water volumes in 2013 by 5 percent when compared with 2012.

Protecting its people

In terms of the health and safety, the report shows that employees and contractors worked 7.9 million man-hours at Maersk Oil Qatar in 2013, resulting in a lost-time injury frequency (LTIF) rate of 0.63 per million man-hours across all operations - a LTIF rate that remains better than the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) industry benchmark.

In 2013 a total of 346 onshore newcomers and more than 1,000 offshore newcomers underwent Maersk Oil’s ‘Incident-free’ behaviour based safety programme, which seeks to ensure that all personnel share a common Incident-free mind-set, culture and approach.  Improving worker welfare was also a key focus area for the Company in 2013, with added efforts being made to improve working conditions and protect health, safety and wellbeing. “The safety of our workforce is paramount: we strive to eliminate all incidents and to protect our people, the environment in which we operate, and our assets. We know that safe operations are successful and sustainable operations, and we are fully committed to operating to as high a standard of safety as possible,” explains Mr Affleck.

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Supporting the long-term sustainable development of Qatar

MOQ and Gulf Drilling International (GDI) also signed a two new agreements, which were worth approximately USD $428.5million (QR1.56 billion), contributing to Maersk Oil Qatar’s overall spending of approximately USD $650 million on local goods and services. Recruiting, retaining and developing Qatari nationals was also a key focus area as the company launched a new five-year strategic Qatarization plan.  MOQ continues to increase the number of Qataris employed year-on-year. At the end of 2013, 191 Qataris were employed, an increase in the number of Qataris that it employs by 6 percent compared with 2012. Qataris now make up 22 per cent of the Company’s employees.

“Qatarization is of utmost importance. We recognise the importance of nurturing local talent for the future of Qatar and we work to develop capacity, as well as providing opportunities and an attractive working environment for Qatari nationals,” Sheikh Faisal Bin Fahad Al Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, explains.

A socially responsibility operator

MOQ’s social investment programmes and activities centre around the theme ‘Action for Qatar’, which has three pillars, targeting health and safety, the environment and culture, and education and capability building.

In 2013 the Action on Diabetes programme expanded to include the launching of screening and education programmes; in-depth research; awareness campaigns; and specialised diabetes training for health care professionals. Some 5,973 people were screened for diabetes, approximately 7,300 schoolchildren received diabetes education, 746 health care professionals were trained, 24,050 visitors were received at various Action on Diabetes events, and 77,000 diabetes information and education packs were distributed.

In terms of education, MOQ also works closely with the education sector in Qatar promoting career opportunities in the industry and contributing to local skills and capacity creation, with a special focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and leadership development. The programme relates to needs identified in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011–16, which recognise the need for a diversified economy and for young people to follow education and careers in science. Through initiatives such as GO ROBOT in partnership with the College of the North Atlantic, and support for the World Congress on Engineering Education of which Maersk Oil Qatar is an industry partner with hosts Texas A&M University. Also, during 2013 MOQ sponsored a number of Qatar Society of Petroleum Engineers (QSPE) events, including monthly meetings, and participated in technical presentations.

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The first Maersk Oil, Hamad Bin Khalifa University and Qatar University Leadership Challenge, held in November 2013, saw 50 of Qatar’s future leaders, in eight teams, compete over two days in the desert at Zekreet, to develop leadership, team work and business strategy skills.

In partnership with the Ministry of Interior and Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, MOQ developed and launched the new One Second! National road safety brand, supporting an identified need within the National Road Safety Strategy. One Second! initiatives launched during 2013 included educational and awareness-raising with children and students, promoting seat belt use, and increasing the use of baby seats. Moreover, in partnership with the Ministry of Interior and the Supreme Health Council, MOQ launched a baby car seat initiative which resulted in 7,000 baby car seats being provided to Hamad Women’s Hospital.

Please find below the link to the Sustainability Report 2013: www.maerskoil.com/operations/Qatar/Documents/maersk-oil-qatar-sustainability-report-2013.pdf

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