Qatargas PMP project achieves safety record

The 2,000-strong workforce achieved 3m man hours without incident

The PMP project team at Qatargas has achieved a
The PMP project team at Qatargas has achieved a

Qatargas' Plateau Maintenance Project (PMP) has achieved a significant safety milestone as the project's 2,000-strong workforce has completed three-million man hours without any lost-time injury (LTI).

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Jassim Al-Thani, COO: engineering and ventures at Qatargas, said: "This is a significant accomplishment for the PMP team. Safety is a core value, and an integral part of the Qatargas culture at every level. We want each and every employee to go home safely, everyday.

James Ierubino, PMP project manager, said: "Keeping our people safe is a continuous and relentless effort. In order to mitigate risks, the team uses 'Stop' observation cards to document safe and unsafe behaviours and conditions. This data is studied thoroughly each week, and mitigating measures are continuously applied based on this analysis and trends.

"From day one since the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract was signed for the project, the team has focused on applying the Incident and Injury Free (IFF) initiative of Qatargas and the 'Stop' card mechanism, which is a typical proactive activity and leading indicator for a safe workplace.

"We know it will require harder work going forward to ensure none of our team members experience any kind of discomfort," said Ierubino.

The Qatargas 1 facilities were initially built to produce six MTA of LNG. These facilities were upgraded in 2005 which boosted capacity to 10 MTA.

The PMP project will ensure the production capacity of Qatargas 1 is maintained at ten-million tonnes a annum (MTA) of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

This will be accomplished by drilling additional offshore wells, modifying associated offshore facilities, modifying the existing Qatargas Trains 1-3, and adding onshore facilities to accommodate expected increases in feed gas and hydrogen sulfide.

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