Doha, Qatar – 04 December, 2013:
As preparations to inaugurate the
world's largest Helium facility are underway,
RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) recently
invited a group of talented Qatari photographers
to take part in documenting and sharing
this significant milestone in Qatar's history.
This initiative comes as part of the
Company's Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) outreach to the local community and
support for local talent. Over the years,
the RasGas CSR programme has engaged Qatari
artists from across all disciplines making
them integral parts of its corporate events
Led by RasGas' commissioned architectural
photographer Valantis Arsenios, four Qatar
Photographic Society (QPS) members were
given unprecedented access to the Helium
2 plant in Ras Laffan. Finding their way
through endless pipes, huge tanks, control
panels, valves and meters, the five photography
enthusiasts set out to capture rare glimpses
of the Helium 2 plant.
"The facilities at Ras Laffan have fueled
much growth and development for Qatar and
the Helium 2 facility is proof of the country's
prudent use of natural resources for many
generations to come. It has been a great
honour for QPS to be part of capturing such
a significant part of the country's history
in the making through the art of photography.
We are very grateful to RasGas for including
our members to be part of this initiative
so we too can learn and grow," said Abdulrahman
Obaidan, QPS Vice President.
After the on-site photo shoot, the photographers
held a workshop where they discussed and
critiqued one another's' photography style
and technique. The final collection of their
photographs will be on display at the inauguration
which is scheduled to be held later in December
of this year.
"The amount of artistic freedom given
to us by RasGas was phenomenal. We were
asked to locate and shoot details of the
helium plant rather than conventional architectural
images. I believe that we have succeeded
in collecting quite a number of interesting
photographs," said Arsenios.
"The facility employees really made us
all feel safe and welcome. I even had suggestions
from employees showing me their favorite
spots in the plant. This shows that people
enjoy working there," he added.
RasGas currently operates two helium
plants for the extraction, purification
and liquefaction of helium from Qatar's
North Field. The second helium plant entered
production in June 2013 bringing the total
liquid Helium production capacity to 1.96
billion standard cubic feet (Bscf) per year.
The Helium 1 and Helium 2 plants together
produce 25 per cent of the current world
supply making Qatar the world's largest
exporter of liquid helium.