Recording yet another significant safety milestone, Qatargas’ Common Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Storage and Loading Asset (CLNGSL) completed seven consecutive years of operations on 31st December 2015 without a Lost Time Incident (LTI).
Operated by Qatargas, the Common Lean LNG storage and loading facilities were built to store and load LNG produced from Qatargas’ seven LNG production trains and RasGas Trains 6 and 7. The LNG is loaded from five berths (berths 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6) at Ras Laffan port and delivered to customers of Qatargas and RasGas across the globe.
The facilities started operations on 31st December 2008 with the introduction of gas during the start-up phase of the Qatargas 2 (Trains 4 & 5) project. The asset has grown by receiving Qatargas 3 & 4 (Trains 6 & 7) LNG product as well as LNG from RasGas trains 6 & 7. The Jetty Boil Off Gas (JBOG) facilities were added in 2014.
Commenting on this achievement, Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas Chief Executive Officer, said:
“This is a moment of great pride for all of us at Qatargas. This unique safety milestone is further enhanced by a record 693 ship loadings in 2015, and an overall JBOG recovery of nearly 90 per cent. All these are the result of the Company’s continuous commitment to safety by the leadership and workforce alike and adopting an integrated approach to safety that involves working in a cooperative manner to ensure the health and safety of all employees.”
This remarkable achievement was made possible thanks to the hard work, dedication and commitment of everyone associated with CLNGSL. Implementation of the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) program has added value for Qatargas in maintaining an injury and incident free workplace culture. The message that Qatargas reinforces across all levels of its operations is clear – everyone is responsible for his own safety as well as the safety of those around him.
This safety milestone follows another significant performance achieved by Qatargas in the first quarter of 2015 as the Company completed thirteen years of operations on its offshore facilities without an LTI.
In April 2015, the Common LNG Storage and Loading Asset marked an important milestone by loading the 5000th cargo on board the Q-Flex vessel, Al Karaana, at Ras Laffan Port.