Texas A&M University at Qatar, ConocoPhillips, and Qatargas host successful return of Qatar Process Safety Symposium

QPSS is a homegrown event held since 2010, gathering local and international members of industry and academia together to participate in a thriving knowledge exchange revolving around important subjects in process safety

Texas AM University at Qatar, ConocoPhillips, and Qatargas host successful return of Qatar Process Safety Symposium

Doha, Qatar — Texas A&M University at Qatar, ConocoPhillips Qatar Ltd. (ConocoPhillips), and Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas) welcomed researchers and experts back to the Qatar Process Safety Symposium (QPSS) after a two-year hiatus, hosting its 11th edition virtually June 21-22, 2021.

QPSS is a homegrown event held since 2010, gathering local and international members of industry and academia together to participate in a thriving knowledge exchange revolving around important subjects in process safety. COVID-19 health and safety regulations prevented the symposium from taking place in 2020 as originally scheduled, with the event’s sponsors deciding to host the event entirely on online platforms.

This year’s theme — “Embracing the Red” — highlighted that maintaining objectivity and a sense of alertness is crucial to ensuring process safety at oil and gas facilities. Distinguished figures including His Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, former Minister of Energy and Industry, and Professor Andrew Hopkins, an award-winning author and global leader in the field, were in attendance and reaffirmed the importance of a constructive attitude toward process safety issues.

“QPSS represents an invaluable opportunity for Qatar’s oil and gas industry to advance collectively in the field of process safety” said Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer, Qatargas. “We thank our valued partners at Texas A&M University at Qatar and ConocoPhillips for their collaborative efforts, which ensured we could deliver this pivotal event online and respect COVID-19 health and safety restrictions while retaining the interactive and dynamic nature of the symposium’s previous editions.”

“We are especially invested in this year’s theme,” said Todd Creeger, president of ConocoPhillips Qatar. “Safety is the first of our SPIRIT Values, and our commitment to preserving the health of our workforce compels us to embrace the red and nurture an environment where our employees can candidly express safety-related concerns, no matter how small they might appear.”

The two-day event featured 19 local and 12 international speakers, including industry professionals from companies including Qatargas, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Shell Qatar, and Siemens Energy. Academics from Qatar University, Texas A&M at Qatar’s Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, University College London, University of Strathclyde, and the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics who also gave talks at the event.

The speakers presented technical papers, ranging from updates on promising solutions and studies, to observations on emerging challenges in the industry, to more than 370 local and international participants Attendees also had the opportunity to view research posters and attend a panel discussion, “Embracing the Red,” an enlightening conversation that featured speakers participating from across the globe, including Professor Hopkins, in a session taking full advantage of this year’s digital platform.

Dr. César Octavio Malavé, Dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, said, “It was heartening to witness professionals from the oil and gas industry engage with one another and share insights with our student researchers. This is a unique opportunity for our students to gain a sense of the collaborative nature of this sector, helping them to better chart their professional growth on their own terms.”


About ConocoPhillips Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ConocoPhillips had operations and activities in 15 countries, $84 billion of total assets, and approximately 10,300 employees at March 31, 2021. Production excluding Libya averaged 1,488 MBOED for the three months ended March 31, 2021, and proved reserves were 4.5 BBOE as of Dec. 31, 2020. For more information, go to www.conocophillips.com.

In Qatar, ConocoPhillips partnered with Qatar Petroleum in 2003 to construct one of the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities globally, of which it holds a 30 percent interest. Located in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, the site can produce 7.8 million tons of LNG per year. The company also lends its expertise in support of its partners in Qatar, including Qatargas, as they work to develop and expand the country’s energy industry.

In 2010, ConocoPhillips established the ConocoPhillips Global Water Sustainability Center (GWSC) at the Qatar Science and Technology Park. The GWSC is the company’s global Center-of-Excellence, dedicated to developing innovative solutions that help conserve water. It has secured an international reputation as a cornerstone of investigative problem-solving, educational outreach, and water-related research and technologies.

About Texas A&M University at Qatar

Since 2003, Texas A&M University has offered undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering in Qatar Foundation’s Education City, and graduate degrees in chemical engineering since fall 2011. Texas A&M at Qatar has awarded nearly 1,270 degrees. All four undergraduate engineering degree programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Faculty from around the world are attracted to Texas A&M at Qatar to educate the next generation of engineering leaders in Qatar and to conduct research valued at more than $270.6 million that address issues important to the State of Qatar. Visit www.qatar.tamu.edu.

About Qatargas

Qatargas, established in 1984, pioneered the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in Qatar and today is the largest producer of LNG in the world with an annual production capacity of 77 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) from its world-class facilities in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. Since the first production in 1996, Qatargas has successfully delivered cargos to 31 countries and is committed to meeting the world’s demand for safe, reliable and clean energy. Through its operational excellence, Qatargas is adding value to its production chain, contributing to the Qatari economy and Qatar’s National Vision 2030 to ensure efficient energy supplies for the country, creating new markets and contributing to the local community. In addition to the LNG facilities, Qatargas operates the Jetty Boil-Off Gas facility, Al Khaleej Gas, Barzan Gas, two Helium Plants, the two Laffan Refineries (among the largest condensate refineries in the world), and the Ras Laffan Terminal on behalf of all shareholders.

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