ORYX GTL celebrated this week yet another world-class safety milestone with a high-profile ceremony held under the patronage and in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry. The ceremony was also attended by other dignitaries from Qatar in addition to a high-level delegation from the company’s joint venture partner, Sasol Limited, and the ORYX GTL Board of Directors and Executives.
The ceremony was held to celebrate ORYX GTL’s exceptional achievement of a Zero Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) for the third consecutive year. The company, which takes an organisation-wide, zero-compromise approach to safety, is one of very few energy companies in the world to have ever reached this remarkable benchmark. Speaking at the ceremony, His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry, congratulated ORYX GTL for its embodiment of the strongest commitment to safety.
H.E. Dr. Al-Sada said, “This exemplary effort and admirable achievement is a result of dedicated efforts that started in 2009 when the Road to Zero Harm was launched as an ambitious campaign for best-in-class safety practices.” The Minister of Energy and Industry reminded everyone that the job was not yet done. “In fact, when it comes to safety, the job is never done,” he added. His Excellency said that under the wise leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the State of Qatar is guided by a vision that places utmost attention on the safety and well-being of people in every aspect of their daily lives.
H.E. Dr. Al-Sada said it is important to stay ahead in our health, safety, and environmental protection efforts, and “to continue to set world-class safety benchmarks to safeguard the wellbeing of our people, and the communities within which we work and operate.” “Safety will always remain an important challenge to the oil and gas industry. But the biggest challenge of all is to sustain our successes and to elevate our achievements to new heights,” His Excellency concluded.
David Constable, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sasol Limited, added: “ORYX GTL is more than just a model of exemplary safety performance. It epitomises what a successful application of technology, operational excellence, and a commitment to safety and the well-being of our people all combine to form one remarkable vision.”
Highlighting the celebrations -- led by H.E. Dr. Al-Sada, who is also Chairman of the ORYX GTL Board of Directors – was a spectacular folklore show inspired by Qatari culture and heritage. The dazzling visual display reflected on the role of safety and its impact on society in the past, the present as well as the future. With more than 39 nationalities in its workforce, ORYX GTL find ways of enabling all of them to speak a ‘common language’ when it comes to safety and security.
As part of the event, certificates of appreciation were presented to the ORYX GTL ‘contracting family’ of companies in recognition of the vital role they played in the Zero TRIR achievements. ORYX GTL’s latest Zero TRIR milestone reflects not only its commitment to the highest safety standards but also highlights its adherence to the principles of sustainability, a key pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016.
In practical terms, to achieve its vision, ORYX GTL invest extensive hours of training, coaching and working with employees and contractors to ensure safer working practices and environments. This effectively embeds in the hearts and minds of employees its philosophy of ‘Safety is our way of life’. This is part of the company’s ‘ Safety Beyond Zero Harm’ campaign, which is a formal system integrated into every aspect of the business, thus helping define and ensure the use of best practices to manage safety and health issues.