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Qatar Process Safety Symposium discusses key issues facing process safety community

Published Jun 30, 2022

Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas), Texas A&M University at Qatar, a Qatar Foundayion partner university, and ConocoPhillips Qatar Ltd (ConocoPhillips) recently concluded the 12th edition of the Qatar Process Safety Symposium (QPSS).

This joint symposium brings together industry experts and academia to discuss the key issues faced by the process safety community. This year it attracted more than 700 attendees with 28 local and international process safety leaders delivering talks in a thriving knowledge exchange, including eight speakers from Qatargas.   

“QPSS provides an exceptional forum for process safety leaders, both within Qatar and internationally, to share challenges and solutions to our industry’s process safety issues. We at Qatargas are eager to share insights from our own process safety-focused initiatives while also learning from our peers’ experience. We are grateful to our partners at Texas A&M at Qatar and ConocoPhillips for collaborating to help deliver this symposium for the 12th year in a row,” said Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Qatargas.

Communication and information sharing is integral to building a robust process safety culture and the annual QPSS event provides an invaluable opportunity to share challenges and solutions to the industry’s issues. This year’s theme - 'Vigilance’ - highlighted the essential role of leadership in fostering an effective and open safety culture that maintains a sense of chronic unease, identifies organizational blind-spots, anticipates future challenges, and is always alert to potential process safety risks.  

“ConocoPhillips is a strong advocate for process safety and so we take advantage of opportunities like QPSS to exchange findings and best practices with fellow stakeholders in industry to help all of us maintain a culture of vigilance in our organizations.  Together with our partners at Qatargas and Texas A&M at Qatar, we have helped shape a culture of process safety in Qatar that safeguards everyone’s safety including the communities in which we operate”, said Todd Creeger, president of ConocoPhillips Qatar.

“Our students had the invaluable opportunity to see first-hand the exciting conversations that occur within different industries and share their research with accomplished subject matter experts. Facilitating this valuable knowledge exchange ensures that both academia and industry are better placed to continue advancing the field of process safety,” said Dr. César Octavio Malavé, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar.

In total, 34 speakers gave presentations and talks at the 12th edition of the Qatar Process Safety Symposium. Local experts from Qatar Petrochemical Company, Qatar Steel Company, Qatar Shell, Siemens Energy LLC, and TotalEnergies EP Qatar were joined by international voices from ConocoPhillips, Texas A&M University and its Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, aeShield LLC, Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Communications and Training International, Dekra Process Safety, Griffith University, Technip Energies, and Witlox Safety Solutions.