Posted on April 09, 2014

Texas A&M University at Qatar and ConocoPhillips are co-hosting the fifth annual Qatar Process Safety Symposium at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) from 8–9 April, 2014.

The two-day event, entitled “Reaching Operational Excellence by Asset Integrity Management,” is designed to enrich attendees with topics such as best practices, safety success stories, incident case studies, new legislative initiatives and recent advances in process safety research. The Qatar Process Safety Symposium also provides excellent networking opportunities for delegates from industry, regulatory institutions and academia including students.

TAMUQ and ConocoPhillips Qatar 1 [].jpgDr. Kenneth Hall, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies at Texas A&M at Qatar, addressed the symposium’s opening ceremony, stating, “Texas A&M University at Qatar is proud to organize and host its fifth Qatar Process Safety Symposium in cooperation with ConocoPhillips. Process safety is a primary concern for the major industries here in Qatar, and thanks to ConocoPhillips’ support and commitment, this symposium offers an opportunity for industrial professionals and University researchers to share concerns and solutions to address the industry’s process safety issues. The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center Extension in Qatar (MKOPSC-Q), under the guidance of Executive Director Dr. Sam Mannan and Managing Director Dr. Luc Vechot, has assembled world-class speakers for this important event. As always, the center strives to make safety second nature.”

This year’s edition of the Qatar Process Safety Symposium has attracted over 250 attendees from Qatar and abroad and features more than 30 speakers presenting a range of topics focused on process safety.

Gary Sykes, president of ConocoPhillips Qatar, said,, “In our on-going commitment to safety, ConocoPhillips introduced eight life-saving rules worldwide. The ConocoPhillips Qatar Business Unit also recently achieved seven 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 the Qatar Process Safety Symposium for the fifth time.”

(Click here to read the speech of Mr. Gary Sykes)

Dr. Luc N. Véchot, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&M at Qatar, managing director of MKOPSC-Q and the chair of the Qatar Process Safety Symposium organizing committee, said, "The Qatar Process Safety Symposium has become a key event in Qatar, bringing together industry, regulatory institutions and academia to address the process safety challenges in Qatar. I’m proud to have witnessed this event grow in both size and quality. I am particularly pleased that we are able to support students from the MKOPSC extension in Qatar who are performing research in process safety and giving them the opportunity to share their work with the industry. This year we had 15 posters prepared and presented by 23 students."

Hamad Rashid Al-Mohannadi, RasGas Chief Executive Officer, delivered the welcome address on behalf of H.E. Dr. Mohamed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, minister of Energy and Industry. Al-Mohannadi said, “Today, health and safety have become the main components of every workplace in every industry, particularly in the Energy Industry. Here in the State of Qatar, the Energy Sector is at the heart of the country’s development. It is the focus of great projects and investments that are aimed at achieving of our National Vision and National Development Strategy. The strategic importance and value of this sector is matched with initiatives that reflect our understanding and adherence of process safety, as a crucial element for maintaining a robust and safe industry.”

An award ceremony, presided by Dr. Ali Hamad Al-Mulla, manager of Corporate Health, Safety and Environment at Qatar Petroleum and chair of the Steering Committee of the MKOPSC-Q, recognized Hussain Al-Baloshi, head of Reliability, Operations Engineering Department Offshore Fields, Qatar Petroleum, for his exceptional contribution to process safety in Qatar. Al-Baloshi received the QPSS 2014 Process Safety Excellence Award. Perry Berkenpas, vice president for Global Production Excellence, ConocoPhillips, USA, delivered the plenary keynote lecture titled Process Safety: “Who is next?” followed by a panel discussion, “Reaching Operational Excellence by Asset Integrity Management — Challenges.”

Saif Al-Naimi, director of HSE Regulations & Enforcement Directorate of Qatar gave a presentation on the “Qatar Approach in Technical Regulating HSE for the Energy and Industry Sector” with an emphasis on technical supervision on the first day’s afternoon session. The distinguished John Bresland, president of Process Safety Risk Assessment LLC, research fellow at MKOPSC and former chairman of Chemical Safety Board will open the second day of the symposium by discussing and sharing his experiences in the chemical industry and his 10 years with the United States Chemical Safety Board through his presentation entitled: “Effective Accident Investigation — Examples and Case Study.”

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Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd (OPQL) vice president for Operations, Jim Briscoe shared the practices of OPQL regarding late life asset integrity. Dr. Mannan, executive director of MKOPSC, Texas A&M University at College Station, said, “The success of the Qatar Process Safety Symposium underscores the importance placed on process safety issues by companies in Qatar. The symposium is becoming a go-to event for practitioners and researchers alike from industry, government, and academia.  The quality of the speakers and the papers presented ensures the continued productivity and sustainability of the industry in a safer manner.”

The event also includes parallel sessions on Risk Assessment, Asset Integrity Management and Research and Technology in Process Safety. The 2014 Qatar Process Safety Symposium is dedicated to the blessed memory of Dr. Trevor Kletz (1922-2013), a renowned academic in process safety and father of the concept of Inherent Safety and HAZOP. Dr. Kletz leaves behind a tremendous legacy that will have a positive impact on growth and development in process safety in the chemical industry for years to come.

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