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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 and celebrations.

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.

 
   
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