Posted on April 19, 2016

ConocoPhillips and Texas A&M University at Qatar are co-hosting the seventh annual Qatar Process Safety Symposium at The Hilton Hotel, Doha from 18–19 April 2016.

The two-day event, entitled “Building Competency in Process Safety” addresses topics which include process safety management, hazardous phenomena, consequence analysis and risk assessment. The Qatar Process Safety Symposium (QPSS) has expanded this year to include an exhibition for the industry to showcase products and services relevant to process safety in the oil and gas sector. “We are honored to co-host the seventh annual QPSS with longtime partner Texas A&M University at Qatar,” said Gary Sykes, president of ConocoPhillips Qatar. “Supporting symposiums like this which provide a forum to share collective approaches within our industry allows us to draw on our global expertise and support the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Dr. Eyad Masad, vice dean of Texas A&M University at Qatar commented, “The QPSS has grown each year and has become an influential gathering of experts and practitioners. The Symposium addresses real-world challenges and has a positive impact on an evolving field. Since the launch of the Mary K. O’Connor Process Safety Center – Qatar extension in 2013, we have worked to educate a new generation of engineers and practitioners with a commitment to safety. This center now includes 10 companies and they add diverse, experienced and invaluable contributions to the voice of process safety in Qatar.”

Michael Hatfield, vice president, health, safety and environment for ConocoPhillips, gave the keynote speech on Managing Process Safety Competency which explored why process safety is a critical competency at ConocoPhillips. “A competent workforce is fundamental to creating a safe working environment,” Hatfield said. “The complexity of engineering and operations in the oil and gas industry requires that people have the knowledge, skill and behaviors to understand the risks and safely perform their jobs. Competency should be viewed as a larger demonstration that risks are understood and controlled, and the barriers that we have in place are maintained. Building competency in the organization invests in people which are the most valuable asset we have.”

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Prof Paul Amyotte, professor of Chemical Engineering and C.D. Howe Chair in Process Safety Dalhousie University (Canada) and Editor of the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, also gave a keynote speech on process safety concepts for the prevention of major accidents.” “The Qatar Process Safety Symposium has become the must-attend event in process safety in this region,” commented Dr. Sam Mannan, executive director of Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC). “It has also become the crossroads for process safety professionals from all walks of academia, government and industry.”

Dr. Luc Vechot, assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar and managing director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center – Qatar also said, “We at MKOPSC Qatar are very proud of the QPSS. The event has successfully been organized every year since 2010, and is playing a key role in providing a forum where academia, industry and public institutions discuss and progress process safety issues of high relevance to the State of Qatar and the Middle East region. Our partnership with ConocoPhillips in organizing QPSS has contributed to build competency in process safety at home, in Doha.”

An award ceremony recognized Mohamed Basser, health, environment, safety and security manager, TOTAL E&P Qatar, as the recipient of the QPSS Process Safety Excellence Award. Basser has been working with the TOTAL Group since 1980 within the domain of HSE. Since the start of his carrier, he has continuously contributed to the development and implementation of the TOTAL Group HSE management system in several TOTAL affiliates including Abu Dhabi, France, Congo, Angola, Yemen, and Qatar.

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Additionally, Nisa Ulumuddin, master student in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University at Qatar and research assistant at MKOPSC-Qatar received the QPSS Process Safety Excellence Student Award. Both award categories aim to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to process safety in Qatar or internationally. This year’s edition of the QPSS has been received with outstanding interest and has attracted more participants than any previous year. Over 250 attendees from 37 registered companies from Qatar and abroad and features 30 speakers presenting a range of topics focused on building competencies in process safety. This is testament to Qatar’s commitment to safety as represented by its major oil and gas players, Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Gas.

“In our on-going commitment to safety, ConocoPhillips introduced the Life-Saving Rules worldwide. The ConocoPhillips Qatar Business Unit also recently achieved nine years of ZERO recordable injuries, incidents and illness. This record, dating back to the establishment of our office in Doha, is a significant milestone accomplishment. We have achieved this by applying and constantly strengthening peoples’ knowledge of safety and awareness. It is out of this commitment to safety that we are proud to support QPSS and welcome this year’s delegates to the seventh edition. Together, we look forward to continuing to influence development and innovation and developing sustainable models surrounding this essential subject” concluded Sykes.