Posted on July 28, 2013

Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ), Operator of Qatar’s largest offshore oil field - Al Shaheen - has released its 2012 Sustainability Report. Highlights from the report include: a 92 per cent reduction in daily average flaring since 2007; the company’s best annual safety performance; more than USD $475 million spent with local vendors; creation of a National Development Committee comprising senior representatives from across the business to support and guide its Qatarization strategy; and the launch of numerous social investment partnerships that are contributing to the sustainable development of the State of Qatar.

Lewis Affleck

Speaking at the launch of the report, Lewis Affleck, Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar explained: “Working closely with our partner Qatar Petroleum (QP), Maersk Oil produces around 300,000 barrels of oil per day, that’s over one-third of Qatar’s daily oil production. As a responsible and reliable Operator we are committed to conducting our activities in a sustainable manner that delivers long-term value for our business, our partners and for our host nation of Qatar.”

“Maersk Oil Qatar is fully committed to supporting the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030),” said Mr Affleck. “The QNV 2030 provides a framework for the nation’s sustainable development and Maersk Oil is committed to playing an active role in helping Qatar achieve these goals. Our new report highlights some of our many activities and achievements from 2012 that demonstrate this commitment.” 

2012 Highlights

Environment - By working in close partnership with QP, Maersk Oil Qatar has reduced flaring from the Al Shaheen field by around 92 per cent since 2007 – earning both parties an ‘Excellence in flare reduction’ award from the World Bank in 2012. This significant flaring reduction has also helped Maersk Oil Qatar cut greenhouse emissions from its operations, which are now at less than 50 per cent of 2007 levels.

Health and Safety - The health and safety of its workforce is the top priority for Maersk Oil Qatar. The company recorded its best-ever safety performance in 2012, and although employees and contractors worked a total of 7.5 million work hours, there were no fatalities and a lost-time injury frequency (LTIF) rate of 0.27 per million work hours was achieved – significantly lower than the industry average of 0.48. 

“We are committed to operate an ‘Incident-free’ business where safety is our number one priority,” explained Mr Affleck. “In April, we brought together over 1,000 employees and contractors to participate in a company-wide safety day. While we are proud that our safety performance shows year-on-year improvements, safety is and will remain our highest priority,” he said.

Al-Shaheen field

Economic development – Maersk Oil works closely with local businesses in Qatar and in 2012 Maersk Oil Qatar spent more than USD $475 million with local vendors, and over the past four years, the company has spent approximately 58 per cent of its total procurement turnover with local vendors.

Human development - The report also highlights Maersk Oil’s commitment to national development. Almost 25 per cent of the company’s employees are now Qatari, around 180 persons in total, with nearly 50 per cent in technical and engineering positions. Maersk Oil has a comprehensive programme of activities to recruit, retain and develop its Qatari workforce: Qatarization is considered of utmost importance and remains an area of focus for Maersk Oil Qatar.

Sheikh Faisal Bin Fahad Al Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, said “Beyond the responsible development of Qatar’s natural resources, the development and training of Qatari people and the use of local businesses, Maersk Oil contributes to the sustainable development of Qatar through its comprehensive social investment programme. This has been founded on a commitment to deliver high quality projects and robust partnerships that deliver real, long-term, sustainable impacts that benefit Qatar and Qatari citizens” explained Sheikh Faisal.

Community and Society - Maersk Oil Qatar’s social investment programme focuses on three key areas: education and capability building; health and safety; and environment and culture.  

Maersk Oil works closely with the education sector in Qatar, promoting career opportunities in the industry, particularly in engineering and science. In 2012 Maersk Oil entered into a long-term partnership with the College of the North Atlantic to be the exclusive sponsor and co-host of a Schools Robotics Programme, which stimulates local students’ interest in engineering and technical subjects. Maersk Oil was also the exclusive sponsor of the inaugural World Congress on Engineering Education (WCEE 2012), delivered in partnership with Texas A&M University Qatar, and sponsored a new professorial Chair in Environmental Engineering at Qatar University.

In recognition of these efforts, Maersk Oil received an award from HE Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum during the 5th annual Qatarization awards ceremony in Doha, Qatar.

‘Action on Diabetes’ (AoD) is another major multi-strand partnership programme initiated by Maersk Oil. Launched in 2011, AoD works with the Qatari authorities to raise awareness of diabetes, helps those at risk avoid it, and supports people already living with diabetes manage their health better. In 2012, AoD launched Qatar’s first comprehensive Diabetes Briefing Book, which aims to raise awareness among policymakers, patient organisations and the wider public of this complex health condition. A wide range of training and awareness programmes were also delivered.

Click here to read the Sustainability Report 2012.

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