RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) and Qatar Petroleum (QP) recently conducted a large-scale crisis management exercise within Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC) to test their respective multi-level emergency response capabilities.

The joint exercise was the first time that an oil and gas sector company has integrated its response with State-level government agencies, major operating companies at RLIC and mutual aid agencies, to this scale. It included the General Directorate of Civil Defence and Hamad Medical Corporation’s Emergency Medical Services.

The QP-led exercise, hosted by RasGas, allowed for a comprehensive evaluation of existing procedures and communication protocols as well as major-event disaster management involving heightened security and mass casualty handling.

QP is a state-owned fully integrated National Oil Company established by Emiri Decree No. 10 of 1974. It is responsible for all phases of the oil and gas industry in Qatar. The principal activities of QP, its subsidiaries and joint ventures are upstream activities including, exploration, development, and production of Qatar oil and gas resources and downstream activities including petrochemicals and refining activities.

The successful completion of this exercise was further enhanced by a RasGas-led workshop where participants were debriefed and feedback was obtained from independent observers.

RasGas is a Qatari joint stock company established in 2001 by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil RasGas Inc. RasGas acts as the operating company for and on behalf of the owners of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects RL, RL (II) and RL3 (Project Owners).  With operations facilities based in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, RasGas’ principal activities are to extract, process, liquefy, store and export LNG and its derivatives from Qatar’s North Field. RasGas, on behalf of the Project Owners, exports to countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas with a total LNG production capacity of approximately 37 million tonnes per annum.

All agencies were commended for their cooperation and proactive efforts to continually improve and develop the robust mechanisms in place for crisis management within the industry.