Doha, Qatar – 25 April, 2013: In 2012, RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) recycled a staggering 43% of all waste generated, which was the best in the industry and far out-performed the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry average of 28%. This achievement among many other waste management initiatives carried out over the past 24 months, granted the Company the top accolade in its category at the Qatar Oil and Gas Industry Health Safety and Environment (HSE) Excellence Awards 2012 ceremony recently held by Qatar Petroleum (QP).
The award was presented under the guidance of HE Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman and Managing Director of QP, and the HSE Regulations and Enforcement Directorate (DG) of QP. A total of 53 submissions from 26 organisations were judged on the transferability, reputation, innovation and performance enhancement of their HSE-related day-to-day operations. The organisations were categorised as QP operations, QP joint venture companies and QP contractors.
"Under the Qatar National Vision 2030's pillar of Environmental Protection, RasGas has in fact gone beyond setting the pace for the LNG industry in our approach to sustainability. Recognising the relationship between people and technology, we have worked hard to design innovative technological systems that are user-friendly and effective in creating robust recycling industry" said Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, RasGas Chief Executive Officer in his acceptance speech.
RasGas' submission for this award focused on three recent key waste management and recycling initiatives that have enhanced the Company's waste management performance. It included the introduction of Qatar's first Thermal Desorption Unit which enabled the Company to recycle a further 35% of previously unrecyclable waste. Being the country's first, it paves the way for future similar initiatives in the sector.
Another initiative is the Pyrophoric Waste Management Process through which RasGas has not only completely eliminated pyrophoric fires, but has been able to incinerate hazardous pyrophoric waste in a controlled manner allowing for the Company to double the amount of steel it recycles.
Lastly, RasGas showcased a mobile tablet-based Waste Information System that is connected to the Internet and tracks 52 waste collection points, in real time in the field. It is used to generate quarterly reports for the Ministry of Environment and provides a database of information that can then be analysed for future action.
"Looking ahead, in 2013, we estimate that our recycling capability will increase to an outstanding 80% of all waste generated, which will place RasGas approximately 46% above the industry average," he projected.
Last year, RasGas received the QP Oil and Gas Industry Safety Innovation Award for its Safety Ambassadors Programme designed to stimulate interest in occupational health and safety as a career for young students in Qatar.