Posted on April 10, 2017

Top experts, decision makers, and industry practitioners gathered today at the 2017 Qatar Process Safety Symposium hosted by ConocoPhillips and Texas A&M University at Qatar. At the event, attendees engaged in substantive discussion on process safety, an issue of great importance not only to thousands who work in the oil and gas industry, but to the nationwide community in Qatar.

The eighth annual Qatar Process Safety Symposium (QPSS), which takes place at the Hilton Doha Hotel, continues through April 11th.

The 2017 Qatar Process 1 [].jpgHis Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry, formally inaugurated the Symposium with keynote remarks. “Qatarrecognizes the fundamental importance of process safety in protecting people, the environment; organizations and their assets from the consequences of major incidents. What is discussed during the Symposium is not only relevant and important to the industry, but to the country,” HE noted. “The Qatar Process Safety Symposium is vital to this mission because it facilitates collaboration between academia, industry, and institutions to deepen our collective knowledge of process safety. Its impact cannot be understated.”

Also speaking during the QPSS plenary session were J. Todd Creeger, President of ConocoPhillips Qatar, Dr. César O. Malavé, Dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, and Steinar Vaage, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, Wells & Projects, ConocoPhillips. The session was chaired by Dr. Luc Vechot, Managing Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center – Qatar (MKOPSC-Qatar) at Texas A&M at Qatar and Chair of the QPSS organizing committee.

“Human capital is our most valuable resource, and their safety is paramount in everything we do. Therefore, when it comes to process safety, ConocoPhillips and our partners in Qatar refuse to accept the notion of ‘good enough,’” said Mr. Creeger. “Process safety is not achieved by accident — it requires vigilance, constant analysis, rigor,and commitment. Through the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, named in memory of a devoted ConocoPhillips employee, and the Qatar Process Safety Symposium, we can advance our shared understanding of this essential subject.”

The 2017 Qatar Process 2 [].jpgOn the Symposium’s first day, attendees gathered to discuss challenges in process safety management, cutting edge research, and new technologies relevant to the process safety field. In tomorrow’s interactive sessions, participants will share best practices across organizations and review and discuss case studies of process safety incidents from around the world since the last QPSS event. Texas A&M at Qatar students took an active role in the in-depth analysis of incident case studies at the event. Process safety is integrated in Texas A&M at Qatar’s curriculum via the MKOPSC-Qatar, which aims to promote safety as a second nature by educating students on best practice pertaining to procedures, processes, equipment, and management.

“The Qatar Process Safety Symposium builds human capacity — not only for current leaders in the oil and gas sector, but for the next generation as well,” said Dr. Malavé. “Critical to the Symposium’s lasting legacy is its educational value to our students, who will join the workforce with a deep understanding and knowledge of process safety principles.”

To demonstrate their enduring commitment to the event, representatives from both ConocoPhillips Qatar and Texas A&M at Qatar signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding, signaling their intention to organize a relevant and sustainable platform to discuss process safety, inclusive of representatives from across Qatar. Today, representatives from Qatargas, Qatar Petroleum, Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting, Siemens, Qatar Fuel Additives Company, and others participated in the Symposium.

On the second day of the Symposium, delegates from SABIC, ExxonMobil, Total E&P, Saudi Aramco, University College London, and more will contribute to interactive sessions.