Qatargas reduces flaring by 20%

Company also makes advances in Qatarisation rate and staff training

The company saw a 70% rise in social and community investment spending.
The company saw a 70% rise in social and community investment spending.

 Qatargas has reduced the amount of flaring from its LNG assets by 20% in 2013 compared to the previous years, CEO Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa al-Thani said, according to news site Zawya.

He was commenting on Qatargas' performance in its latest Sustainability Report, an update on the LNG major's economic, social and environment performance in 2013.

The report, the fourth by Qatargas, also includes data for the past four years as well as insight into the company's activities towards its 2015 vision.

On the company's performance, Sheikh Khalid said, "For Qatargas, our dedication to becoming the world's premier LNG company means we continue to focus on becoming known for our people,
innovation, operating excellence and corporate social responsibility. This forms the foundation of our approach to sustainability, an approach that continues to develop in alignment with the sector and national frameworks. In 2013, we achieved significant milestones in several areas. They included a 20% reduction in total hydrocarbon flaring from LNG assets, and a reduction in water consumption, as compared to the previous years.

"In safety, we proudly accomplished 20mn safe work hours for our Jetty Boil-Off Gas Recovery Project. Our Qatarisation rate advanced to 26% and the average training hours per employee rose from 24.7 hours in 2012 to 28.7 hours in 2013. These key developments were combined with a 70% rise in our social and community investment spending."

On the report preparation, he said, "The annual preparation of our sustainability report provides us with an invaluable opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a company. As we move into our 30th year of existence, I am proud to report that our impressive history continues to grow, and I am motivated by what the future holds for our company and country."

Some of the key stories that are detailed in the report include the health and safety updates such as the launch of the '10 lifesaving rules', future flare reduction plans, insight into the company's production and global distribution chain; update on the Qatargas team including female employment, and information on how the company ensures its ethical and responsible conduct.

This year, one of the additional features of the report is a three-page fold-out summary, which demonstrates a measurable alignment of Qatargas' performance to the energy and industry sector sustainability programme, the Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-16 and the Qatar National Vision 2030.

In preparing the report, Qatargas has used national and international reporting guidelines produced by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association, American Petroleum Institute, International Oil and Gas Producers Association, and the Qatar Petroleum Health, Safety and Environment Regulations and Enforcement Directorate.

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